Having made his Welsh Premier League debut on the 15th of September, 2007, few could have envisaged that Paul Harrison would not have missed a League game since. The former Liverpool goalkeeper has been an ever present at TNS and has gone on to make over 150 first team consecutive appearances for the Oswestry based side.
Since making his debut against Port Talbot Town the former Chester City man has become an integral player at TNS. The TNS number one has a number of unforgettable memories from his time at the club and highlighted the away trip to Belgium in 2010 as his favourite moment whilst at the club. The Liverpool born ‘keeper played in both legs against RSC Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League.
Mike Harris was full of praise for the affectionately known, ‘H’ and the Chairman said, ‘It will be an honour to present Paul with this achievement and is in recognition of both his dedication and skill. I am sure there will be many more achievements in his football career and we proud that he chose to play at our club.’
Craig Harrison spoke about his skipper and said, ‘It is a fantastic achievement for anyone to have played that many consecutive games in the league. He has done so well and for me he is the best goalkeeper in the league by a million miles. I was very surprised to have found out that last season was the first time that he was voted in the team of the year, which really shocked me. He is a key player at this club and he is integral to what we do and how we play because he is that extra outfield player that we use.’
The former Premier League defender also highlighted that ‘H’ is a pleasure to work with, ‘He is a good lad, he is honest, he works hard, he is a good captain and although he is not someone who is going to really scream or shout but when he speaks, everybody listens because he is very passionate as well as knowledgeable about his football. The other great thing about him is that he is truthful. If someone needs something said in the dressing room, then he says it and he is a great link for the players and the staff, as he is a good communicator. As the club captain it is great to have someone you can trust and both on and off the pitch, he really is vital to the club.’
Ian Williams also took time out to speak about Paul Harrison and the Chief Operating Officer at TNS said, ‘Paul is a true gentleman and is the ideal example of what professional football is all about. He is dedicated to the cause, he leads by example and has been one of the best signings the club has ever made.’
Prior to kick off tonight, The New Saints Football Club will present the TNS favourite with a commemorative plate, in recognition of his outstanding contribution.
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