Shrewsbury Town’s latest recruit Liam McAlinden is hoping to pick up where he left off at Greenhous Meadow, after signing on a six-month loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers.McAlinden had a productive period playing for the Shrews back in 2013, when he scored three goals in nine games before being recalled by Wolves.
And that form has given the 21-year-old confidence that he can have an impressive spell with Micky Mellon’s side again, as they look to make an impact in Sky Bet League 1after promotion last term.
"I'm delighted to be here," the forward said. "It's been on the cards now for a few weeks. We've just been sorting bits and pieces out between the two clubs but I'm glad to be back now.
"When I was here last time I was doing well and scoring goals and enjoying my time here, but then it got cut short. Wolves needed me so, as my parent club, I went back and did my best for them, but now I'm delighted to be back.
"Hopefully I can kick on from where I left off last time."
When McAlinden joined Shrewsbury for the first time he was experiencing his first taste of regular competitive action.
The Republic of Ireland youth international has now gained playing time at Fleetwood Town, where he was on loan last season, and he believes he returns to the Shropshire side a more refined player.
"I was young [in 2013] and now it's a year and a half on," McAlinden added.
"I've matured in myself and had a few other loan spells out in the same league and I still carried on scoring goals.
"I had good times and bad times with Fleetwood last year. I was in and out [of the team] so I think I've got enough experience of the league now as well as the ups and downs.
"Hopefully I can bring that to Shrewsbury and get them kicking on up the league this year."