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Micky: Goldson showed great respect

7 July 2014

Manager pleased with defender's approach to contract situation

Manager Micky Mellon has praised the respect shown by Connor Goldson after the defender signed a new contract at Shrewsbury Town.

The 21-year-old put pen to paper on a two-year deal at the Greenhous Meadow on Friday despite interest from Premier League clubs.

It took a lot of consideration for the Yorkshire-born youngster before making his decision, and Micky was pleased with Goldson's professional approach during a difficult situation.

"I'm delighted for the Football Club that we've retained a fantastic young player in Connor," said Micky.

"He was respectful to us all the way through and kept us up to speed with everything.

"It's felt like a long, drawn out process but we have to respect that the lad did have opportunities to go to some Premier League clubs.

"He stayed patient, we kept talking to him and he's enjoyed this week's training and likes the way we want to do things.

"Thankfully, another good young player has decided and feels he is going to get better by working with myself, Jacko and the other coaching staff.

"I think that's a real big plus for the Football Club - that the young lads are seeing that they'll get there. The teaching and training sessions that they'll need to make themselves better."
Goldson is set to embark on his fifth season playing first team football for Town, and Micky was always prepared to give the defender time to make his decision.

"We don't want anybody here that doesn't want to be part of this journey, so I thought it was important that we gave him time," said Micky.

"We know what areas he has to work on and how we can keep pushing his career forward.

"I have no doubt that if he keeps on training the way he's training and applying himself the way he does, then his opportunity will most definitely come at some stage." 

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