New signing looking to kick on at TownCameron Gayle wants to kick-start his career at Shrewsbury Town after signing a two-year contract with the Club on Thursday.
The 21-year-old defender, who had loan spells at the Greenhous Meadow in each of the past two seasons, was left on the fringes during his time at West Bromwich Albion last season.
Gayle has been on trial with Town during pre-season, looking to impress manager Micky Mellon, and he now hopes to help the Club fight back to League One after becoming the latest recruit.
“This time it’s permanent and I’m just happy to be here,” said Gayle.
“It’s a great place to start playing and it is basically the start of my career now.
“Shrewsbury are a great club with great fans here and hopefully we can help one another progress.”
The Birmingham-born defender played 21 games for Shrewsbury during his two loan spells, with most of his appearances coming at right back.
His only first team appearance for West Brom was as a substitute against Newport County in the Capital One Cup early last season.
Cameron was a reserve team regular at The Hawthorns before being released by the Premier League club at the end of last season.
He is now looking forward to getting work underway with Micky and feels the manager’s style will suit his own game.
“I know most of the players and staff so I can’t wait to get started now,” he said.
“I like the gaffer’s way of playing. He likes to play football rather than play it long, and that suits my game.
“I like to play football and get forward and I’ve enjoyed it so far. It’s been hard. The sessions have been hard but it’s looking good.
“It’s always going to be hard during pre-season, but we’ve been doing a lot of good work. We’ve been preparing for Chesterfield on Saturday and hopefully we’ll do well.”
Gayle also admitted it was an easy decision to sign for Town after a couple of training sessions with the Club.
“When I met the gaffer, the lads and started training I thought straight away that I wanted to sign here. It was a no-brainer for me,” he said.
“I enjoyed my time at West Brom but now I need to start playing first team football and really get my foot in the door.
“The fans took to me when I first came here and were open arms to me. Hopefully I can play well again and they can get behind the team again.”