INTERVIEW | Captain Shaun Pearson on coping with being quarantined

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Wed 08 Apr 2020

By Kieran Kennedy

Wrexham captain Shaun Pearson has definitely been kept busy during this difficult time.

Pearson has two young children at home with his wife Clarise and, with Clarise working from home, his job is trying to keep his young family entertained.

The captain also needs to stay on top of his fitness, and has been putting the work in outside of the club to ensure he is still in peak fitness should the season restart.

Speaking about how he copes with juggling the two, Pearson said: “I have to say, Clarise is really good. While she is working, she still manages to make sure we are all doing okay and checks in whenever she can to help me out.

“Once Clarise finishes her work we then spend the afternoons together.

“We are lucky that we have a bit of a countryside and river next to us, so taking the dogs for a walk down there tends to be our daily routine at the moment.”

Pearson joined the Dragons from Grimsby Town in June 2017. He had enjoyed six successful seasons with Grimsby, where he featured in the famous play-off final win against Forest Green Rovers back in May 2016.

Having been made captain on his first day at Wrexham, Pearson has been a leader on and off the field ever since – remaining a commanding presence at the club despite regular changes around him.

Reflecting on making the move, Pearson admitted being trusted with the armband from the start was a proud moment.

He said: “James McKeown [goalkeeper at Grimsby] had told the manager [Dean Keates] about my situation where I wasn’t playing.

“The manager then gave me a call in the January but after getting back in the side at Grimsby the deal wasn’t able to be done.

“I had stayed in contact with the gaffer from January till the summer and after a change in manager at Grimsby, we were able to get the deal done.

“Shortly after that I was made captain on the first day of pre-season which was a huge honour and privilege.”

Get to know Shaun Pearson: seven quickfire questions

Best player played with? Dean Henderson

Best player played against? Jamie Vardy

Funniest player played with at Wrexham? Sam Wedgbury or Scott Boden

Worst dressed at Wrexham? Rob Lainton

Best dressed at Wrexham? Jason Oswell

Most Intelligent player played with at Wrexham? Chris Dunn or Marcus Kelly

Least Intelligent player you’ve played with at Wrexham? Dawid Szczepaniak or Christian Dibble

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