Jon Shaw feeling ‘sharp’ as season opener approaches
Jon Shaw is feeling in good shape heading into the new campaign after signing off his pre-season with a hat-trick in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Boldon CA.
The striker scored six times in six friendlies, and after a 13-year professional career, is enjoying the experience of part-time football.
The former Sheffield Wednesday, Burton Albion and Gateshead player completed his first full 90 minutes in a South Shields shirt on Saturday, and now feels more than ready for the opening competitive game of the season, in the FA Cup at Marske United, on Saturday.
He said: “I think my body is made for part-time football.
“I feel fresh now going into games, rather than giving everything I’ve got on a training day and then coming to a game and feeling a little bit lethargic. I felt good and felt sharp on Saturday. I enjoyed it.
“It’s strange being part-time in pre-season. I’m used to being in every day, but we’ve had a few good games and done well.
“The way we want to play is there for everyone to see, and I’ve grabbed a few goals. To finish with the win and a hat-trick was great.
“You can put everything into training and do a bit of running, but there’s nothing like playing full games and getting match fitness.
“I’ve played 45 and the odd 60 or 70 here or there, but it was nice to get through a full 90 minutes on Saturday and still feel good at the end.”
All of Shaw’s goals at Boldon were poacher’s efforts, and he hopes that was a sign of things to come for the season ahead.
He added: “I’ve always said over the years that I’ve never been one to get the ball down and beat four or five men to score, like David Carson did on Saturday.
“It’s generally balls into the box and little bits of movement to get on the end of them.
“Hopefully, the way that we play and the players we’ve got, will create lots of chances and hopefully loads of goals for myself and the lads around me.”
In the video below, you can hear Shaw’s full thoughts on the Boldon game, and the challenge ahead against Marske.