Full back Matthew Shepherd has signed a new two-year-deal at Brickfields with player/coach Kieran Hallett saying that the 26-year-old‘s game winning ability is why the club have extended his contract.
Matt joined Albion from Launceston in June 2015 and recently marked his 50th appearance for Albion against Darlington Mowden Park; a game in which he scored two penalty kicks to give Albion the win.
“He can be a game winner for us,” said Kieran. “That’s why we have handed him a new contract.”
“He is very important,” Kieran continued. “You can’t always rely on just one goal kicker and it is another string to his bow. He is kicking very well at the moment, so I am happy to let him carry on doing that for the time being. Like I say, it is another string to his bow and he has been able to step up and kick some crucial goals for us at important times.”
At 26 years of age, Matt is still young, but on the same note, one of the more experienced members of the young Albion side that Kieran is crafting.
“The current group we have got at the moment in which he is a very important member, they are all pretty young,” said Kieran. “They have got the potential to grow as a group and achieve anything that they want to really. Sheps is part of the furniture here now. As long as he keeps performing he is someone that we want to have around. Not just as someone that can perform for us but also as a good bloke.
“He is a great guy to have around. He is friendly, he gets on well with everyone and he is a very popular member of the squad. Trying to build a successful club isn’t purely about having players that can do a job on the weekend. We want to have good individuals here as well and he certainly fits that bill for us.”
“He got 50 caps the other week. He has played a lot of rugby at this level now. The next step for him is to be a leader and have more of a say in how we play and how things go on the pitch.”