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Gaffer On Joe Riley

1 July 2016

Micky's thoughts on latest signing

Shrewsbury Town are delighted to announce the signing of right back Joe Riley on a two-year contract.

The 24-year-old has put pen to paper on a two-year contract at Greenhous Meadow to become boss Micky Mellon’s eighth new signing of the summer.

And the manager was delighted to finally get the deal done.

“We are really pleased to get Joe. He is an attacking right back with bags of energy and he is a good physical size and technically very gifted,” he told ShrewsWeb.

“Joe has always been a player that I have admired and as soon as I learned that he was going to be available I was determined we were going to do everything we could to bring him in.

“He has been at Bury about 18 months now and Flicker (David Flitcroft, Bury manager) has done some great work with him there so hopefully we can carry that on and push Joe forward and get him moulded into the way that we play.”

The former Bolton Wanderers man will be remembered by Town fans for scoring a wonder goal for Bury at Gigg Lane in our promotion season – something Mellon says he will not be allowed to forget.

“I think he will fit in really well with what we want to do next season and of course he has got great experience of playing at this level,” he said.

“He has done very well and of course he scored that great goal against us which we won’t let him forget about!

“He is a very attack minded full back and I believe he will come here and the fans will be very pleased with him.

“He has a good character and wants to improve. He is desperate to get better and move his career forward and make it a success.

“The more we can bring in with that mentality the better because it can only be good for the football club.”

Riley comes in as a right back, filling the void left by the departure of Matt Tootle and Jack Grimmer who has returned to Fulham.

And Mellon said having Riley on board was all about a matter of patience.

“In football it never really happens in the order you want it to happen in,” he said.

“You have got to be patient and if you are patient you will get the one that you want.

“I am really excited about getting down and working with him and he is definitely the type of player that I believe we need to be able to move the team forward.”

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