Liam Shepard, photo credit Salford City

Salford City have announced the signing of 26-year-old Liam Shepard on a two-year deal.

The defender arrives at Salford having spent a season at Newport County where he reached and played in the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Final defeat to Morecombe.

Shepard made a total of 52 appearances for the South Wales club, scoring twice, and featured in all three of Newport’s meetings with Salford in the 2020-21 campaign.

A product of Swansea City’s academy, Shepard has represented Yeovil Town, Peterborough United and Forest Green Rovers as well as playing twice for Wales Under-21s.

On signing for Salford, Shepard said: “It wasn’t an easy decision, at Newport I had a really good season last year with them, got them to the play-off final, it was tough but I went with my gut feeling.

“The project of this club and where it wants to go, I think my gut feeling was to come and sign here and that’s what I’ve done and I’m happy to get it done!

“[I’m] energetic, I’ve been playing wing back the last three years so I’ve been getting forward, getting crosses into the box, hopefully I can add a few goals myself and keep getting assists.

“On the other hand I need to make sure I don’t get beat one-on-one and stop the goals.”

Speaking about the arrival of Shepard, manager Gary Bowyer said: “It’s great to have signed another top lad first and foremost, and a very attacking full back who will add a great deal to how we want to play.

“I hope our fans will be excited by his arrival.”

Liam Shepard is Salford’s second signing of the summer following the arrival of Josh Morris on a two-year deal from Fleetwood Town.

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