Gaffer expecting tough test but relishing the challenge ahead
Micky Mellon expects League 2 to be a strong division this season but he's relishing the challenge ahead as he looks forward to his first campaign as Shrewsbury Town manager.
He has been impressed with the quality of some of the players who have joined League 2 clubs this summer as he plans for the season's opener at AFC Wimbledon on August 9.
Micky said: "The leagues generally are getting stronger because as the Premier League gets stronger, you get players then dropping out of the Championship and then you get a squeeze down.
"When you look at the type of players that people are signing at the moment in League 2 you have to say, wow, there's a really good level of footballer coming into this division and I believe that's because of the squeeze down effect from the Premier League.
"It's always been a tough league, always will be, and I think it will get tougher when you get big teams coming into it like Luton who will carry that momentum forward from last season and the big backing that they'll have.
"But we embrace the challenge and we're looking forward to the challenge because we're a big club in our own right at these levels.
"We believe we're recruited well and we'll continue to try and finish off that recruitment with the type of player that will thrive under these conditions and want to take the challenges on.
"I'm excited about it and I just want to get these last bits of recruitment done and let the fans see the team."