Shrewsbury Town captain Liam Lawrence believes that defender Connor Goldson is “one of the best I’ve played with” as his team prepare for Saturday’s League One season opener against Millwall, reports the Shropshire Star.

The 22-year-old has had a huge impact on Shrewsbury since his debut in February 2011 and has gone onto be a regular in Micky Mellon’s side. Since his debut, he has made 117 appearances, scoring 8 and assisting 4.

Now, Town’s captain believes that Goldson is Premier League quality. In an interview with the Shropshire Star, Lawrence said that “Connor is one of the best I’ve played with at any level.

“I played with Richard Dunne at his peak with Ireland, with John O’Shea, and Connor’s up there with him and Ryan Shawcross when he first came to Stoke. In fact, Connor is even better at his age than they were.”

Goldson’s performances have attracted the interest of a number of clubs with Leeds, Wolves and Birmingham all looking into his availability over the summer. Shrewsbury rejected an offer from Swindon for Goldson last month, with the Swindon chairman admitting that the bid was £175,000 plus a player, which the Shropshire Star believe was striker Miles Storey.

Lawrence was also full of praise for midfielder Ryan Woods, who is another one of Shrewsbury’s young talents. The captain knows the importance that staying with Salop will have on the player’s development.

“If they stay this season, keep their feet on the ground then the world is their oyster next season,” Lawrence stated.

“Sometimes young lads have a good season then sign for someone else but drift away. Connor’s got people in his ear, but I’ve told him if someone wants him they’ll pay the money.

“I’ve told him to get his head down and he seems a lot more happier now and he’ll be fantastic for us.”

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