Gaffer's thoughts ahead of the weekends game with Cardiff
Town welcome Championship side Cardiff City to the Greenhous Meadow on Saturday for the first home game of pre-season.
Cardiff finished in 8th place in the Championship last season so it should be a decent test to the new look Shrewsbury Town side.
The game kicks off at 3pm and it will be played over four periods of 30 minutes.
Town opened their pre-season games last Saturday with a 2-2 draw against Wolves in a behind closed doors match at their training ground.
Micky Mellon is looking forward to the game and the test against a decent side.
“It will be a very good test for us against a very good Championship side”, said Micky.
“They have asked for four half hour periods which will be something new for us as well.
“We don’t have a squad the size of Cardiff’s so it will be a test for us but no one will be able to come out of it and say they haven’t got any game time.
“It will be a good challenge which will step-up the fitness levels, step-up us as a group and we will be able to try plenty of things.
“It’s the first game on the pitch and it is always exciting to get back out there and start playing.”
The game will give Town fans a first chance to see the new Town summer signings in action.
“The fans can see the new players and hopefully they will like what they see”, added Micky.
“We’ll go out there and try to play the way we want to and take another step towards that first game of the season.”
There have been a number of trailists training with Town since the start of pre-season training. The gaffer is planning to give some of them a run out in the game to see how they shape up in match action.
“We will get them involved as well and have a good look a them as it’s important that we have a look at them in an environment that we would want them to play in if we brought them in.”, said Micky.
“Let’s see what they are like and give them the opportunity to impress us.
“After that we can have a better idea of what we might need to do in the near future.”