Connor Goldson happy to play anywhere in Shrewsbury Town's defence

Teenage Shrewsbury Town defender Connor Goldson insists he is happy to play anywhere in defence after ending his 15-month exile from the first team.

Connor Goldson

The 19-year-old returned to the starting XI at right-back in last Saturday’s draw at Crawley after loanee Cameron Gayle was ruled out injured.

He is set to continue in that role against Carlisle at the Greenhous Meadow tomorrow as West Brom youngster Gayle only returned to training yesterday.

“Obviously I am a centre-half, but I’ve played right-back since I’ve been in the youth team and in reserve team football, so it doesn’t bother me and as long as I’m playing I’m happy,” said Goldson.

“I’ve been at Shrewsbury since I was 15 and the club has always been good to me, but at the same time I want to be playing games.

“Hopefully I can keep my place in the side.”

Goldson said he never despaired about his long stint on the sidelines after he’s stamped his mark so impressively during last season’s Carling Cup tie at Arsenal.

And now the Wolverhampton-born youngster wants to get his career back on track by enjoying an extended run in the team.

“What I try to tell myself is I’m young and I’d set goals when I was 16 and when I first came through the youth team,” he added.

“Sometimes when I do get ahead of myself and do get annoyed I look back at those and see that I didn’t see myself getting into the first team at that age.

“I’m still 19 and sometimes you need to look how far you’ve come and how quickly and take that into consideration.

“But it’s hard being out of the side and I knew when I get the nod from the gaffer I had to take it.”

Meanwhile, the defender’s watching brief from the bench has convinced him Town are capable of not being dragged into a relegation battle, although they must make the most of their games against fellow strugglers Carlisle and Bury in the next seven days.

“Some of our performances have been below-par, but against the likes of Sheffield United and MK Dons we’ve done very well and that puts positives in your mind,” he added.

“If we win two games we will shoot straight up the table.”