Defender looking forward to early Chesterfield test
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Mickey Demetriou, part of the new-look squad which manager Micky Mellon has put together over the summer, insists he's raring to get started as he prepares to pull on a Shrewsbury Town shirt for the first time this weekend.
The former Kidderminster Harriers left back is looking forward to tomorrow's opening pre-season friendly at home to last season's League 2 champions Chesterfield.
It will be quickly followed by two more Greenhous Meadow matches against Premier League West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday night and Championship club Watford on July 19.
But first up it's the Spireites with Mickey expecting a tough 90 minutes against Paul Cook's side.
He said: "It will be a good test. Obviously they won the league we're in last year pretty convincingly. I think they always knew they were going to win it.
"It will be tough and a good run out for the lads. We're raring to go and we just want to get the ball out on the pitch and play now."
Mickey has quickly settled in at Shrewsbury and has thrown himself into the club's physically demanding pre-season training programme.
"It's been enjoyable," he said. "We're nine days in now and the manager's got us working on exactly how we want to play through pre-season and more importantly come the start of the season on August 9.
"The gaffer's bringing a lot of new faces in so it's basically a brand new squad. There's only five players from last season and a few trialists involved as well so it's a good time to come.
"He's brought in a lot of young players but also experienced players who have played at a higher level at a young age so hopefully they'll bring that experience down to the younger players as well."
Mickey added he was also excited about playing in front of the Shrewsbury supporters for the first time as the club look to fight back this season.
The England C international said: "Everyone's raring to go and looking forward to it including, I think, probably the fans hopefully coming back in.
"Obviously, it wasn't a good season for them last year, but hopefully they come and support us at the start of the season on Saturday and get behind the lads straight away."