Date: 10th August 2015 at 6:35pm
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Ahead of the League One opener this weekend against Millwall, Jermaine Grandison joined Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro by penning his new Shrewsbury deal and youngster James Caton secured himself a loan spell away from the club for experience.

Beginning with Grandison, again manager Micky Mellon had made no secret of the fact that he’d wanted him to sign on at the club again and he did open the season in the starting eleven at the weekend after that new deal was signed.

The 24 year old has committed to a new 12 month deal at the Greenhous and will be looking to build on the 148 appearances he has made in our shirt since initially coming in on loan all those years ago.

Speaking to the Official Site after signing the contract, Grandison said he was delighted to have now got it sorted in time to play last weekend.

‘It’s finally sorted now, just in time for the season. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s game and hopefully a successful season again. On both parts we’ve been having quite a few discussions and we were waiting for the budget to be sorted for me to be able to sign. I’ve been here since I was young and hopefully we can have a good season.’

Whilst he was speaking ahead of the game, after promotion last term, Grandison was hoping we could have another successful season and he would no doubt echo the same following the performance on Saturday, despite the result going against us.

‘I feel ready to go. All of the new lads have bonded and gelled together, so we’re ready to start the season. After last season, we all want to do well again and have a successful season. We’ve had really good players come in and, with the players that were already here, we’ve got a really good chance. Everyone’s raring to go and we’re looking forward to showing everyone how good we are.’

Speaking himself about finally getting the deal done, Mellon went on to explain that obviously it had been something that had taken longer than we wanted, but with the budget now in place it could be done.

‘It`s something we`ve been trying to get done for some time now and everyone was on the same page. I`m delighted to be able to say I`ve got the squad I want for the Millwall game and that it`s all done and dusted.’

Mellon went on to credit chairman Roland Wycherley for his support and work in ensuring the deal was done in time for the campaign as well.

‘He`s been nothing but fantastic (Chairman) since I`ve been here – he`s always backed me, he lets me get on with my job, and he`s supported me again. He wanted the players signed as much as I did because he`s a fan and he loves the club. We believe it was the right decision for the team and the Club and the fans, and I`m really pleased to be able to get on with the football. Now it`s up to me to produce that football that everyone wants to see.’

As for Caton, he has headed out to Mansfield Town for a month after impressing them during a loan spell over the summer.

Having not featured for Shrewsbury over pre season he has also been with AFC Halifax and FC Dortrecht and Mellon has confirmed he’s not in his plans for the coming year – despite being handed a shirt number – so hopefully the loan spell will do him and his development good.

“James has gone to Mansfield on loan for the next month and he`ll play there for that month. After that is up we will look at how it`s gone and we`ll look at it again there. James had gone out and worked hard to get himself football and I think he will do well during his time at Mansfield.”

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