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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 July, 2003, 16:53 GMT 17:53 UK
Quinn sets Shrews standards
By Pete Oliver

Shrewsbury boss Jimmy Quinn
Quinn hopes to turn things around at Gay Meadow
New manager Jimmy Quinn believes Shrewsbury Town can avoid a hangover from their relegation from the Nationwide League when they kick-off their Conference campaign.

Quinn has been handed the task of restoring Third Division football to Gay Meadow after replacing Kevin Ratcliffe.

And Quinn, who knows his way around the Conference after two successful seasons at Northwich Victoria, believes he is starting with a clean slate.

"What happened last season was very disappointing for a lot of people," said Quinn.

I don't think there will be a Yeovil who run away with the league this time
Jimmy Quinn
Shrewsbury manager

"But this is a new season and we've got to go about our business and try and win as many games as we can.

"You can see already that there is a good spirit about the place. It's important to me to have that and to have a good working environment.

"I don't think there will be a Yeovil who run away with the league this time.

"It's about being consistent. We have got some good players and hopefully we will be there or thereabouts."

Quinn has already stamped his authority on the club with a clutch of new signings, most of whom have extensive Nationwide League experience.

In addition, he has retained the services of winger Sam Aiston and highly-rated striker Luke Rodgers from the side that suffered a disastrous loss of form at the end of the last campaign.

"Luke still has two years of his contract to run and hopefully he will do well this season and help us back into the League," added Quinn.

One player not joining the Shrews, however, is Northwich defender Chris Royle.

Quinn, who has already signed Jake Sedgemore and Gregor Rioch from his former club, has had a bid rejected by the Vics.

"I made a bit of an offer for him. Chris is a player with great potential, but they have turned it down," said the Shrews boss.

Quinn remains happy with the squad at his disposal with the possibility of further additions before the big kick-off.

"We've got some good players in and still got some decent players from last season, which I'm delighted about.

"Things are going well and the lads are getting fitter every day. There are some quality players here and I'm looking forward to it," Quinn added.


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