Set to make his 100th Shrewsbury Town appearance when Town host The Robins on Saturday, Marko Marosi conducted a pre-match press conference.
With 99 games for Shrewsbury Town under his belt, the Town goalkeeper is set to make his 100th appearance for the club when we welcome Cheltenham Town to the Croud Meadow for the opening game of the 2023/24 season.
Saturday will mark the start of the Slovakian's third season in between the sticks for Shrewsbury, with the 29-year-old boasting a save percentage of 71.5% so far.
Marko discussed his time at Salop to date, pre-season and how excited he is to get the campaign underway.
On his excitement for the first game of the season:
“[I'm] definitely excited. To be honest, pre-season has flown by but yeah, we’re excited for our first home game.
"[It's] a big game, a very important game and it’s my 100th appearance so hopefully it’s a good one.”
“[It's been] really good, really positive.
"A lot of work has been done on the training pitch. There are a lot of new players, some came in a bit later than others. We’re getting up to speed with everything we’re trying to do this season, but it’s been a really positive pre-season overall.”
On potential change of play style:
“It doesn’t really affect me that much, to be honest, there are two different ways of playing football as a goalkeeper and I’ve done both so I think it’ll be quite easy, to be honest.”
On his relationship with the new defenders:
“That’s what pre-season is for - we gel together.
"We’ve done pre-season games, we get to know each other and that’s where the trust is built – not just on the training pitch but in pre-season games too.”
On highlights from his first 99 Salop appearances:
“It’s flown by!
"I think the main highlight has got to be the FA Cup game against Liverpool and keeping all those clean sheets in my first season, but hopefully we try and better that this season.”
The atmosphere within the club:
“It’s really positive.
"The new lads that have come in have been great, they’re good characters and easy to get on with. I haven’t got a bad word to say about them and I know you think I have to say that but it’s genuinely been really good.”
On the importance of starting the season strong:
“It’s really important, the most important bit of it all is to get a good result. We’ve been working really hard on the training pitch non-stop to try and achieve that, we’re going to give our very best.
"Hopefully the fans will be behind us which I’m sure they will and we’re going to try and give them something to sing about.”