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Lenell John-Lewis joins

Former Newport County and Grimsby Town Forward becomes the second signing of the summer

26 May 2017

Shrewsbury Town have completed their second signing of the summer by bringing in Lenell John-Lewis from Newport County.

The 28 year-old formerly played under Paul Hurst at Grimsby Town and signs a one year deal with the option of a second.

Lenell is a striker, who can also play on the wing, and he is looking forward to working under Paul again.

“It’s a welcome change and very pleasing to be at Shrewsbury”, John-Lewis told ShrewsWeb.

“Re-joining the manager and Chris Doig is going to be good for me. I’ve worked well under them before and they know how to get the best out of me.”

“Honesty is their main attribute. They tell you how it is whether that’s good or bad and they want to improve you, so that’s the main bonus.”

John-Lewis has previously played in League One for Bury and scored 20 goals for Grimsby Town in the 2014/15 season as they reached the National League Play-Off final. He is hopeful of returning to that form next season.

“I’d love to repeat that, but hard work and honesty is what you get from me”, Lenell continued.

“I’m a central striker. You can see me as a targetman – good in the air – but I also like to get in behind as well, so that’s the reason why I have played on the wing sometimes.”

“I’ve played in a three up-top, I’ve played either side, so I like to think I’m versatile and I’ve played in all those positions.”

“The season when I did get 20 goals felt like a massive bonus to me because I felt like previous to that I hadn’t scored enough. I felt like most parts of my game were okay, but the goals weren’t coming so hopefully I can repeat that.”

John-Lewis has struggled with injury over the last year, but returned to the Newport County side at the end of the season and is hopeful his injury woes are behind him.

“I had a tough 10 months, but it was an educational 10 months as well”, Lenell said.

“I learnt a lot about the sport and my body and I’ve come out of it a lot stronger and I’m just looking forward to getting started.

“I’ve seen Chris (Skitt) today and it’s pleasing to see someone with a lot of knowledge and someone who wants to work and get the best out of you as well.

“I want to get back into playing football and enjoying my football again. Hopefully I will do well for myself, but also do well for the club and that’s why I’m here.

“The players come and go, but the club is always going to be here, so if I do well hopefully the team does well, the manager does well and the club does well.”