Steve Morison looks ahead to Town's first game of the season against Portsmouth.
Shrewsbury Town kick-off their 2019/20 Sky Bet League One season on Saturday with a home fixture against Portsmouth at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.
New signing Steve Morison who has been ever-present in Town's pre-season campaign spoke to the media for the first time since signing and talked about how he had settled in and how he thought the team had progressed throughout the summer.
"It's been great, the lads have been fantastic," said Steve. "They're all a great bunch of lads, that's what the Manager was trying to put together a good group and it really is a good group.
"Training has been good, we've worked hard and it's go time now and we're looking forward to it.
"We played a game here on the Friday in the first week back. Those games early doors are just an extension of your fitness work. It was then a case where we're trying to get our ideas across, we're all working incredibly hard. As you get closer to the start of the season, you have the Aston Villa game which effectively took care of itself as it was a sold-out stadium and there was an atmosphere a first real chance to look at our summer signings and a team as a whole.
"The big one was the Dundee United game on the weekend as you start to get more of an idea of what the team's going to be doing on the Saturday against Portsmouth. It's all come together nicely, the Manager said to me you've got the look of someone who just wants to get to the first game of the season. I said it's about getting fit, staying fit and being available for the first game. Barring a few injuries that we couldn't do anything about I think we've all done well."
Fans were impressed with how Steve and Fey complimented each other on the pitch during Saturday's pre-season game against Dundee United.
"He's a goal scorer and he's an incredibly talented boy, especially in front of goal. Once he puts it all together I'm sure he'll have a career at a higher level as well I'm sure.
"I said to him after he scored his second goal on Saturday, I said we'll get you 20 goals this season. I couldn't care less if I score one goal I know Fey is where I was ten years ago, you come off the pitch and you lose 3-2 but you score two goals you're half happy and that's what top goalscorers are like."
Steve is expecting a tough test against a strong Portsmouth side who narrowly missed out on promotion last season.
"Portsmouth are a strong team, it doesn't get much tougher, it's only tougher if we were away from home. We're at home and should have the fans behind us, they've got new players and we've got new players but we're the unknown quantity, everyone's expecting them to do something, there's an expectation on them but less of an expectation on us from the outside. The only expectation from us is what we put on ourselves and we're going out there to get three points."