Liam impressed with the ambition at Shrewsbury Town
New signing Liam Lawrence revealed the ambition at Shrewsbury Town convinced him to join the Club.
The former Sunderland, Stoke City and Republic of Ireland midfielder put pen to paper on a two-year deal at the Greenhous Meadow on Thursday.
And the 32-year-old felt Town’s determination to return to Sky Bet League 1 matched his own aspirations.
“I was really impressed with the ambition and drive that seems to be in Micky (Mellon) and chairman, so I’m happy to be here,” said Lawrence.
“I had a phone call off the gaffer and obviously I know him from Barnsley.
“I haven’t come here just to finish off playing the last few years, I’ve come here with a purpose to get us straight back out of the league and continue to progress.
“It’s not a League Two club, I could see that as soon as I came here and the ambition is there.
“The gaffer showed me around and the people are really good here. We’ve got a good, young set of players so I’m hoping that I’ve come here to get promoted.”
Lawrence, who becomes manager Micky Mellon’s 12th signing of the summer, played Championship football for Barnsley last season after returning to England from Greek side PAOK in January.
He’s now looking forward to getting underway at Town, feeling energetic ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.
“I’ve been itching to get back, so I’m glad to be backing working again,” said Lawrence.
“I’m only 32 so I’ve still got plenty in the legs, and I’ll give everything like I have at every club I’ve been to.
“If I can bring some experience and a bit of quality then it will add to what we’ve got.
“I’ve been playing in the middle for the last few years and I like to get on the ball and make things happen.
“I was playing Champions League football last year so it’s crazy how things work out, but I’m still hungry and want another promotion.”