Exciting winger, Nathan Shaw, spoke of his delight after extending his stay at AFC Fylde this afternoon, signing on loan from Blackpool until the end of the season.

After impressing the management staff over the first half of the campaign, Shaw will continue to play a vital role in the remaining 29 National League North fixtures.

Speaking to afcfylde.co.uk, the 20-year-old said:

“I’ve really enjoyed the first half of the season here; I think it’s gone really well for me in terms of getting games and gaining experience, so I’m just focused on continuing that now.

“It’s been really easy to settle in, which made the decision to extend an easy one. All the lads are great, it’s a really good bunch.

“Danny Philliskirk and Andy Taylor were both at Blackpool a few years ago, so I already knew a few of them before I came. The atmosphere is really good in the dressing room and has been ever since I came in, so it’s always good to be in that kind of environment. 

“The gaffer and Nick have given me an opportunity to play games and I’m very grateful for that. Hopefully, I can repay the faith that everybody has shown in me by contributing with more goals and assists.

Nathan’s initial loan deal was set to expire this month, but he now has his sights set on achieving promotion with The Coasters; a target that was set at the start of the campaign following the club’s unfortunate relegation from the National League last year.

Since his arrival, Nathan has established himself as one of the most influential members of Jim Bentley’s squad, netting twice in 13 National League North appearances. 

Shaw added: “When I joined the club the aim was to gain promotion and nothing has changed, so, hopefully, come the end of the season we will have achieved that.

“We are a good enough team with lots of talented and experienced players, so there is no reason why we can’t kick on now.

“I’m just really excited to carry on playing games and enjoying my football. I think my game has improved a lot since coming to AFC Fylde – both defensively and offensively. I came out to get games; get minutes, and work on what I needed to improve on. So far I think I’ve done that, but there’s still more to come.