New-boy Aaron Amadi-Holloway backing a Shrewsbury promotion push
Striker Aaron Amadi-Holloway is determined to help his new Shrewsbury team-mates get over last season’s heartbreak by going one better.
The 25-year-old joined Town on a two-year deal from Oldham yesterday after being captured for an undisclosed fee.
The powerful targetman believes the move to John Askey’s Montgomery Waters Meadow side comes at a crucial time of his career after only starting 11 times for Oldham last term. He scored four goals in 42 outings in all competitions.
Amadi-Holloway, who will make his Town debut in a friendly at former side Bristol City today, has high hopes for his new side, who just missed out on going up last year after finishing third and losing the play-off final to Rotherham.
“I haven’t really spoke to the gaffer about his targets for the team as a whole but from what they did last season I know they’re going to want to get promoted,” he said.
“We’re going to have to try and match it, if not beat it, nothing short of that.”
Amadi-Holloway is Askey’s fifth Town signing and joins Stefan Payne, Lenell John-Lewis and Fejiri Okenabirhie in the striking ranks.
“It should be like that,” he said on competition. “It shouldn’t be an easy position knowing you’re guaranteed to start every week. It’s good to have other players pushing you for a place every week and it’s good to have that.”
The former Wales youth international, who was capped at under-17 and under-19 level, said on beating last season’s success: “It’s definitely not a fluke, I don’t think it’s ever a fluke really. The team’s grafted for a long time, almost 10 months to get where they got.
“They were very unfortunate in the final, very unfortunate, I watched the game. It’s happened to me once before so I know the feeling and I know they’re going to want it even more now.
“Goals are the main thing I need to improve. Confidence is the biggest thing for a striker and I think getting a move like this will hopefully improve the confidence.”