Defender Pens Deal At Greenhous Meadow
Shrewsbury Town are delighted to announce the signing of defender Sam Patterson.
The 21-year-old, who has been on trial with the Club, put pen to paper on a one-year deal deal - with the option of a further year - at Greenhous Meadow on Friday morning.
Patterson, a former Barnsley player who worked with manager Micky Mellon at Oakwell, featured in Town's pre-season friendlies against Cardiff City, Birmingham City and Kidderminster Harriers.
And the right full-back is looking forward to getting started in Sky Bet League 1 with Shrewsbury.
I'm over the moon," said Patterson."
"It's been a long time for me out of football.
"To finally put pen to paper is a great day for me and my family as well."
"It went fantastic," he said.
Patterson was pleased with how his period on trial at the Club went.
"In the first week I felt a bit rusty but since then I've just kicked on, gelled with the squad and enjoyed playing in the games I've played in.
"It's been a good period for me and I'm finally back to full fitness.
"I've got a good pre-season in me and hopefully now it's time to kick on and push for the first-team squad."
Having worked alongside some of his new team mates in the past, Patterson says settling in has been easy.
"I knew a few, Jordan Clark is a very good friend of mine and obviously I came through the ranks at Barnsley with him," he said.
"I knew Liam Lawrence, he was there, Martin Woods and Darren (McKnight) as well.
"It was good for me coming down here, not as a fresh face so I could get involved and it was an easier time to gel with the squad."
"I worked with him before, it was fantastic," said Patterson.
The defender has also enjoyed working with manager Micky Mellon in the past.
"He was the one who pushed me while I was at Barnsley as well.
Patterson is now looking to fight for his place in the Shrewsbury Town defence for the upcoming matches.
"I know his ideas and what plan he wants. I know what he wants on the pitch as well so it's good knowing him coming down here to then try and progress to get into the squad already knowing his ideas."
"Hopefully I'll bring healthy competition," said Patterson.
"I'm a right back and want to push myself as much as I can to get into that squad.
"(Matt) Tootle has done fantastic since he's been here and it's just that healthy competition now to keep the squad going and keep us playing well."
And Patterson believes that, at just 21 years of age, he can develop more and more at Greenhous Meadow.
"The coaching staff are brilliant here and are always giving me new ideas, extra training and telling me what they want," said Patterson.
in my career and I just want to hit the ground running now and kick on and help the team."progress"It's a great opportunity for me to
Patterson has been allocated the squad number 28 shirt.