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NEW TO LEAGUE ONE: SHREWSBURY TOWN

28 July 2015

We continue our guide to League One's newcomers by profiling Micky Mellon's Shrewsbury Town.

Last season's promotion saw Shrewsbury return to League One at the first time of asking, thanks to manager Micky Mellon. There is much promise that surrounds the current squad and the club at the moment, a good League Cup run last season, which culminated in a home to defeat to Chelsea brought in a healthy amount of revenue for the Shrews as well as the second place finish which brought them promotion.

Last season was all about getting back into League One for Town and they managed to do that under Mellon, who put together effectively a whole new squad of players after the departures following relegation the previous season. James Collins top scored for Town with 17 goals and really spearheaded their promotion push, along with ten goals from strike partner Andy Mangan. They clinched promotion back to League Two on April 25.

With regards to new additions, Mellon has been quite quick to add to his squad over pre-season, Cultured midfielder Martin Woods has joined from Ross County on a free transfer, as well as a raft of other new faces including Matt Tootle from Crewe and Mat Sadler from Championship side Rotherham United. Mellon has added eight players in total to his squad and Town are looking strong ahead of the new campaign.

It proved to be a great decision to appoint Mellon last season and he is the man who is leading Shrewsbury into the upcoming campaign. Mellon did quite an impressive job last time out, having to purchase 16 players after seeing so many leave the club following their relegation the previous season. This is Mellon's third job in management following his successful four year period in charge of Fleetwood, where he led them into the Football League and also Mellon spent a short time at Barnsley as caretaker manager following the sacking of David Flitcroft, but saw his contract terminated in May 2014.

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