Bryn happy to get full 90 minutes under his belt
Central midfielder Bryn Morris has hailed his side’s fitness levels after they beat Wolves 2-0 in a pre-season friendly on Saturday afternoon.
The victory came courtesy of first-half goals from Alex Rodman and new signing Carlton Morris, and it handed Town their second consecutive pre-season win over Championship opposition.
Morris, 21, penned a two-year deal with Shrewsbury earlier this summer after spending the latter half of the 2016-17 campaign on a short term deal after leaving Middlesbrough.
He spoke glowingly of his side’s fitness levels after the 2-0 win at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.
“All the hard work we have been doing is paying off. I think we’re getting stronger and fitter week-by-week,” he said.
“I looked at the clock about 60-70 and thought ‘I’ve just got to get through these next five minutes’ and when you do the next 10 go quite quickly.
“A lot of the lads were feeling it around that time, so we just had to soak it up, get behind the ball and be hard to break down.
“We’re all building up to that first game of the season and we all want three points from that first game.”
The five-time England Under-20s international made quite the impact on Paul Hurst last term after his January arrival and earned himself a new deal at the Meadow.
Morris made 12 League One appearances last season and he helped Town retain their status in the division, and he has hailed his club’s new signings.
“He’s brought some new players in, and for me with Carlton [Morris] on its good to get used to your forward and how they want to play,” he continued.
“And in the second-half I’ve played a few balls down the channels to Lenny [John-Lewis] and I already feel like I know his movement quite well.
“It’s a very different squad to last season in terms of playing-wise, but also off-the-pitch – we’re a more tight-knit group and there’s a different feeling this year all around the club.”
Morris lined up in the middle of the park alongside Jon Nolan, and he admitted he was impressed with the former Everton youth player.
“I like playing with [Jon] Nolan – I feel like I can give him the ball when he’s under pressure. And hopefully that relationship on the pitch will improve as we go on,” he added.
“He’s really comfortable on the ball which is good – you want to be playing with players who like to play.
“The competitions good in the squad, not just in midfield, but positions all over the pitch. There’s numbers in every position which will keep all the lads on their toes.”
Next up for Town is a home tie with Cardiff City on Tuesday night and the 21-year-old spoke confidently ahead of the match-up.
“We’ve had two good tests so far and we’ve come through them with wins which is really pleasing. We’ll take momentum into the next game and hopefully get a win and improve our fitness further.
“Two games next week and hopefully it will be another two wins. We’ll take each game as it comes. They’re all good tests – they’re fitness exercises but we want to win as well.”