Tom Shaw admits he ‘missed the buzz’ of playing after a rollercoaster few weeks for the Chester midfielder.
The 30-year-old, limited to just three substitute appearances in his role as Jon McCarthy’s player/assistant manager at the start of the season, was handed the reins on a caretaker basis following McCarthy’s dismissal on September 6.
Having overseen clashes against Ebbsfleet, Gateshead and Dover Athletic, Shaw was delighted to be handed a starting role against Maidenhead United – a ‘real vote of confidence’ by new boss Marcus Bignot – and repaid the faith with a fine display in midfield during the Blues’ 2-0 win, their first home victory in nine months.
In addition, Bignot has confirmed Shaw will remain part of the backroom staff as first-team player/coach and the popular midfielder is delighted to be part of his plans on and off the pitch.
“I’m chuffed he’s keeping me involved with the coaching staff, from watching him coach so far there’s a lot I can learn from him,” explained Shaw, who recently took up a new role at Nottingham University in their sports department.
“His language and delivery was outstanding really, that’s something I’ll be picking up and hopefully I’ll be able to take a few sessions when the time is right.
“He’s stuck me in his team which was a real vote of confidence. I tried my best for everyone and hopefully I can carry on with things on both sides.
“I missed that buzz so to go back out there and to win the game is a really good feeling so it was terrific from everyone.
“I don’t think (the run) was a massive factor for the players but it was for the club, it dragged on for too long. But to shake it off takes a bit of pressure off.
“We put a real good shift in and it could’ve been an even better scoreline.”
With Bignot speaking last week about his hopes to ‘mentor’ Shaw down the line, the 30-year-old replied enthusiastically: “That’s brilliant to hear, from a selfish point of view that would be great for my development.
“But whatever I’m doing I’ve just got to apply myself, be professional and give it my best.”
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