ACHIEVE client Steve Arnold has signed a two-year contract with League One outfit Shrewsbury Town, joining the Shrews from National League outfit Barrow.
6 foot 5″ goalkeeper Arnold, 28, joins manager John Askey’s side after he played 17 times for Barrow, whom he joined from Gillingham.
Arnold has played over 150 games in his professional career, including 31 at League One level during a two-year spell with Stevenage. He has also represented Hayes & Yeading United, Eastleigh, Dover Athletic and Forest Green Rovers.
He joined the Shrews for training last week, impressing manager John Askey in friendlies against Burnley and Bristol City and he has done enough to earn a permanent move to the club.
Upon signing for the Shrews, Arnold told the club’s website, “I’m buzzing to be fair. I’ve been here a week now, played two games, got the call from the gaffer yesterday and like I say I’m buzzing to be here and I just want to get going properly now.
“My whole career I’ve loved coming for crosses, commanding my box, being a real presence, letting the defenders know I’m there and the attackers know I’m there.
“We’ve all come to be the extra player now on the pitch and I’m getting there with that as well, so it’s just about being that all-round goalkeeper and being that calming influence at the back.
“It’s always nice when you go in somewhere and make a bit of an impact. I’d like to think I’ve done well, I’ve done enough for the Gaffer to offer me a deal and I’m looking forward to getting started now.”
Shrewsbury Town boss John Askey was equally delighted to land his man, telling the club’s website, “I’ve seen Steve for a number of years and he’s always done well when I’ve seen him.
“He’s big, he’s strong and he’s shown in the games that he’s played for us that he performs well, and I think he will be a good signing for us.
“He’s got a good presence, he’s strong, he can come for crosses and I’m surprised that he hasn’t played at this level more. I know that Ady Pennock thinks a lot of him and wherever he’s gone, he’s taken him, and from what I’ve seen he’s done well.”
ACHIEVE Director James Garley said: “I am delighted that we have been able to assist Steve to fulfil his ambition to return to the Football League and he has done it at a club who so nearly gained promotion to the Championship last season.
“They reached the play-off final at Wembley against the odds and that shows you that they have a real eye for recruiting players and the manager, John Askey, has seen something in Steve in training and pre-season games and credit to him for that.
“Steve has played in League One before, he is a big and imposing goalkeeper and he loves to command his box and come for crosses and, at 6 foot 5”, I wouldn’t fancy running into him if I was an opposing player!
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Barrow, especially their manager Ian Evatt, for the way they conducted the whole transfer and for allowing Steve to train with Shrewsbury when he was still a contracted Barrow player – to me that speaks volumes about the kind of person Ian is; he just wanted what was best for the player, did not want to stand in his way of playing higher up and allowing him to return closer to his family home.
“We wish Steve, Shrewsbury Town and Barrow the very best for this coming season.”