JOSH Sheehan has designs on driving forward for club and country this season.

The Wanderers and Wales midfielder linked up for the first time with his new team-mates on Monday after signing on a free transfer from Newport County.

Sheehan was voted into League Two’s team of the year last season and his form for the Exiles was good enough to see him called-up to the Welsh squad.

Now, the 26-year-old hopes he can continue progressing for the Whites at a higher level.

“I’m full of confidence because it was an enjoyable season for me at Newport,” he said.

“Getting called up for Wales and playing for them twice was the pinnacle, playing for my country. I want to keep doing that and progress even more.

“I’m going in to do exactly what I did last year, that type of play will hopefully suit this team and the team will suit me as well. I’m hoping to do what I did last year, but even better.”

Sheehan played 53 times for Newport last season as they just came up short in the play-offs, and less than a month later he has reported back for duty at Lostock for pre-season training.

“It’s good to be back,” he told the club. “It’s good for me, coming into a new team, to settle and mix with the boys, get to know what they are like. It’s a tough time, pre-season, but I am looking forward to it and can’t wait for the games to start.”

Wanderers have done an impressive amount of early business in the transfer market, bringing in eight new players to bolster their promotion-winning squad.

Sheehan believes the team can compete at the top end of the table this season, playing a style of football which has already started to turn heads.

“From knowing a few of the boys here the ambition is not just to get up from League Two to League One, it’s to go again and show everyone where this club should be,” he said.

“The pedigree of the club is what first drew me to speak to the manager, knowing his ambitions and his style of play, it is everything I’m about so I’m looking forward to it.

“The fans, the manager, the stadium, the players – playing against them towards the back end of last season you could see the style the manager was trying to implement. I’m looking forward to joining in.”