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Hurst delighted with Gilliead acquisition

9 July 2019

Manager Paul Hurst has told iFollow Iron of his delight at completing the signing of winger Alex Gilliead for an undisclosed fee from Shrewsbury Town.

The 23-year-old bolsters the club’s attacking options going into the new League Two season, and the boss said: “I’m really pleased as he’s someone I’ve tried signing in the past, and a player we’ve been targeting since I came here.

“He appreciates we’ve been in for him before and knows how I like to play. He’s a wide player and knows I want to play with those.

“At his previous club, he just fell victim to a change of system which didn’t suit him.

“From his point of view, he wanted the deal to be done. Thankfully we’re at a place now where it has and we can look forward to starting to work together.

“I’ve had my eyes on him for some time, all the way back from when he was on loan at Luton and played in a slightly different position from where I see him.

“He’s capable of playing different roles, but I brought him in to play wide and add competition in that area.”

Hurst continued: “He appreciates he needs to start playing football, because last season and a little bit before that, he’s probably not played as much as he could have done, and you’ve got to be careful that the talent I believe he possesses isn’t wasted and his career doesn’t just fade out. Hopefully we can give him that stage to show what he’s about.

“He’s a player who, if he can do what I know he’s capable of, the fans will take to and enjoy watching. He’s a naturally fit boy as well, so he can put a shift in and I’m delighted to have him on board. 

“He has the ability to create chances and beat defenders. I hope, and believe, he has the quality to score goals too. He can carry the ball and is quick. I want people who can take the team up the pitch and he fits the bill.

“He looked fine (in training on Monday), has fitted in nicely, and scored a good goal.”

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