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Manager pleased to sign striker

2 July 2014

Micky relishing selection headache in attack

Manager Micky Mellon was delighted to secure the signing of former Tranmere Rovers striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

The 29-year-old became Town's latest summer capture ahead of the 2014/15 Sky Bet League 2 season.

And Micky believes he is the perfect option to compete with the other forwards for a place in the starting line-up.

“I'm delighted to get him on board after some fantastic work by Matt Williams and the chairman,” said Micky.

“He's the type of striker I was looking for to compliment the terrific players who we already have.

“He's athletic, can play in a number of positions across the front line and is a player I've always felt would fit into the way I want to do things here.

“I've seen him for a number of years now and he brings a lot of the things that I want to do. He can hold the football, he's quick, he's strong and he can get in behind back fours.

“He'll catch up with the pre-season training because he's starting the programme which the rest of the lads have done, but he's a fit lad anyway.

“He'll compliment (James) Collins and (Scott) Vernon really well.”

Micky also admitted is relishing the selection headache the Frenchman, along with Collins and Vernon, will provide him this season.

“It was always my plan to get a three like that,” he said. 

“We want to create that competitive edge that's going to be needed, not just to win games but to get into our first team.

“It's the type of problems you want as a manager. You can never have too many good players and I'm delighted with the standard of the trialists.

“I'm very clear about the type of player I want to play within the group. We want to give the people of Shrewsbury something to be excited about.”

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