Stags’ goalkeeper Scott Shearer says he’d be ‘delighted’ to remain at the club next season.
The stopper has appeared 17 times for the Stags in all competitions this season and he revealed during this morning’s news conference that he has spoken with manager Adam Murray about renewing his contract.
“It’s something that me and the manager have spoken about, but again it’s up to him to decide,” said Shearer.
“I’d be delighted to stay. When I signed here the manager sold it to me on a long-term project, not just one season so that’s what I signed up for originally.
“We started with a whole new team basically this year. We started so well, we’ve fell away [from the play-offs] but we’re not far away from being a team who’s going to compete. I’m used to having success and I want success still – I want to keep continuing to get that, so that would be part of my reason for staying here.”
The Glaswegian ‘keeper began the season as the club’s number one, however he suffered an infection during the warm up against Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup in September, resulting in him losing his place to Brian Jensen.
“The infection I caught at the start of the season took a bit of time to recover from and you know I’ve been delighted to get back into the team and play the run of games I have. It’s just about playing games and that’s just it for me.”
After performing penalty heroics this season by saving two spot-kicks in the 2-1 victory against Morecambe in February and one against Portsmouth in the 1-1 draw at One Call Stadium last month, Shearer says he uses his instinct when facing a penalty, but also does his homework with the club’s backroom staff.
“At the moment, there’s a lot on instinct but we do our homework and like I said before, Sean (O’Callaghan, performance analyst), him and I work a lot on not just penalties, but also set pieces and everything to do with the game coming up.”
Speaking about the two penalties he faced in the 2-1 defeat to Hartlepool United, Shearer said: “He didn’t hit it well, the first one, and I just went too far past it and the second one, it was a gamble really. We sort of planned on maybe one penalty but again we’ve given [away] two and I just gambled. I’ve had the rub of the green once before, but not on Saturday.”
Supporters can view Scott Shearer’s news conference on Stags Player HD on Wednesday.