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John Askey on Steve Arnold

19 July 2018

Gaffer gives his take on the signing of Goalkeeper Steve Arnold

Shrewsbury Town Manager John Askey is pleased to have brought in his first goalkeeper in Steve Arnold.

Arnold joins the club on a two-year deal after a successful trial, which included games against Bristol City and Burnley.

The former Wycombe Wanderers, Stevenage and Gillingham stopper becomes Town’s sixth signing of the summer and John is pleased to have the 28-year-old on board.

“I’ve seen Steve for a number of years and he’s always done well when I’ve seen him”, Askey said.

“He’s big, he’s strong and he’s shown in the games that he’s played for us that he performs well, and I think he will be a good signing for us.

“He kept us in the game against Burnley and against Bristol he did well. He might have done better with the goal, but that’s being harsh and overall he’s done well and he’s trained well, so it’s one crossed off anyway.

“He’s got a good presence, he’s strong, he can come for crosses and I’m surprised that he hasn’t played at this level more. I know that Ady Pennock thinks a lot of him and wherever he’s gone, he’s taken him, and from what I’ve seen he’s done well.”

Askey also confirmed that Arnold can expect competition for the number one spot and he is hopeful of having another goalkeeper in the building soon.

“You can’t start the season with just one ‘keeper, so it’s partly done but we are still looking for another decent ‘keeper”, said John.

“We’ve got one or two that are on the go, so hopefully one of those will come off and it will be a position where we are strong, but we know Steve can perform at a good level, so it takes the pressure off.”

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