The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Jamie Holt

CON­NOR Gold­son says he has no re­grets about snub­bing Swansea last sea­son af­ter sign­ing for Brighton in mid­week for £600,000.

The 22-year-old was the sub­ject of in­ter­est from the Premier League side in the sum­mer of 2014 but de­cided to stay with Shrews­bury for another cam­paign to gain more ex­pe­ri­ence.

And af­ter help­ing to guide the Shrews to pro­mo­tion to League One, the cen­tre-back has earned a four-year deal at Brighton.

“My agent was talk­ing about me mov­ing to Swansea but I just ended up sign­ing another con­tract at Shrews­bury two or three weeks into pre-sea­son,” said Gold­son.

“That had a lot to do with the man­ager (Micky Mel­lon) who had a good chat with me and said in a year’s time I could be go­ing into a first­team set-up in­stead of an U21 team.

“I be­lieve that things hap­pen for a rea­son. I turned down the chance to join a big club then and now I’m sat here af­ter hav­ing my first train­ing ses­sion with the first­team at a Cham­pi­onship club, so I’m def­i­nitely happy I made that de­ci­sion.”

Gold­son, who is Brighton’s tenth sign­ing of the trans­fer win­dow, is con­fi­dent that he will be able to make the tran­si­tion to the Cham­pi­onship.

“In pre-sea­son at Shrews­bury we played Cardiff, Wolves and Birm­ing­ham in one week and I played well in all three games,” he added. “When I came off the pitch in each of those games, I said I want to be play­ing at that stan­dard ev­ery sin­gle week.”

Mean­while, Shrews­bury boss Mel­lon doesn’t be­lieve there’s any need to rush out to spend any of the Gold­son wind­fall on a new cen­tre­back.

“We’ve got Jer­maine Gran­di­son, Nat Knight-Per­ci­val, Mark El­lis and young Dom Smith,” he said.“So I see no rea­son to plough into the trans­fer mar­ket – I don’t want a log­jam of cen­tre-backs.

“I’m not ex­pect­ing to spend the money. I think the money will go to­wards keep­ing the club on a good foot­ing.”

MOVE: Con­nor Gold­son

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