In-form Shrewsbury Town shot-stopper Chris Weale today hailed the role of goalkeeping coach Gavin Ward in his impressive recent form – as he gears up for a reunion with his former club.
The 30-year-old has conceded more than one goal only once in the last seven League encounters and went on to produce a brilliant man-of-the-match display to ensure Town earned a vital 1-0 victory over Walsall in front of the Sky cameras on Sunday.
And Weale believes Ward deserves recognition for the work he has done with him and goalkeeping understudy Joe Anyon.
“I’ve been very impressed with Gavin,” said Weale, who signed from Leicester in the summer and was due to be in action at Portsmouth this afternoon.
“His training is very modern and well thought out and he is a very enthusiastic coach. Myself, Joe and Gavin are working really well together.”
Meanwhile, Weale is preparing for a meeting with the club where he began his career on Tuesday night when Yeovil visit the Greenhous Meadow.
The 30-year-old came through the youth ranks at the Huish Park outfit before returning for a loan spell at the end of the 2008-9 campaign.
“I was born and bred in Yeovil, came up througbh the youth team and had some very very successful years there,” he added.
“I look out for their results and know Gary (Johnson, manager) very well because I’ve worked with him at Yeovil and Bristol City.
“I know what’s he’s about and he will have the team fired up.”