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McCormick Looking Forward To Town Challenge

18 July 2019

Luke McCormick has completed his loan from Chelsea in a move that will see him play in Sky Bet League One with Town.

It is a first loan move for the 20-year-old midfielder but Luke is excited with the new challenge in his career.

Luke travelled up to Shropshire last night and took in Town's pre-season game with Newport County before completing the paperwork this morning.

ShrewsWeb spoke to Luke this morning to get his thoughts on the move.

"I'm really happy to be here first and foremost and it was good to get the deal done", said Luke.

"With this being my first loan it's a really good club to come to and I know about the history.

"I'm really looking forward to being here and getting started."

Luke got his first look at the Montgomery Waters Meadow and the training ground this morning and was impressed with what he saw.

"I'm buzzing and I can't wait to get the chance to step out on the pitch", said Luke.

"The pitch looks brilliant, it looks huge and the stadium and facilities are modern and the staff are really friendly."

Luke has progressed through the Chelsea youth ranks since initially joining as a six-year-old. He is described as an attacking midfielder and he is looking forward to getting a chance to shine in the league with Town.

"I would say I'm a box-to-box midfielder who can score goals and also set goals up for others", said Luke.

"I'm quick with a good engine and I'll give everything for the team, and have a strong mentality and a good character.

"I'm 20 years old now and have had a brilliant time at Chelsea and been successful.

"It's the time for me to now go out into men's football and into Sky Bet League One and show people what I can do."

At Chelsea, Luke has been captain at times and sees himself as a leader on the pitch in the Chelsea Academy. He watched the game against Newport last night and is looking forward to joining up with his new teammates.

"I like to lead with my voice and in the way that I play on the pitch", said Luke.

"When it gets tough you need to see the real characters in the team.

"I watched the game at Ludlow last night and it seems like the boys have a really strong character and I'm looking forward to meeting them all and mixing in."

Luke's plan now is to impress in training and the next pre-season games to get the chance in Town's first team. He has been putting in the research over the last few years to prepare himself for the chance.

"I've watched a lot of league over the last couple of years to prepare myself for when I did get the chance", said Luke.

"It is a different test to what I've been used to but it's one where I feel I can make an impact on."

I'd like to get in to double figures if possible as that is always my target as a goal-scoring midfielder.

"If we can do well in the cups and the league and be pushing for the play-offs that's something I would really like to strive for."

Shrewsbury Town has a proven track record of helping young players to develop and improve. Luke has felt at home from his first contact with the club.

"I've spoken to all the people at the club and it does seem like they have a real ambition to creep up the leagues", said Luke.

"There is a real history of improving younger players as well as improving the players who are here on a permanent basis.

"For me, I feel like I'm a Shrewsbury player now that I am here and part of the club.

"If I can make that step up and help Shrewsbury then that will help me make that step up in my career."


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