Professional-like set up behind Melanson’s move to new club
Max Melanson says his new club Stowmarket Town is the closest resemblance to being at a professional club since leaving Yeovil Town.
The central midfielder scored 28 goals in 50 appearances for Thetford Town last season, a tally which saw him attract the attention of a number of clubs this summer.
The 20-year-old decided to remain in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division for 2018-19, moving over to Thetford’s league rivals Stow, and it was the club’s ‘professional’ set-up which convinced the former Yeovil trainee to agree a two-year deal at Greens Meadow.
“The gaffer (Rick Andrews, Stow manager) got in contact with me and it seemed like a good move,” Melanson said.
“The club is moving in the right direction and having been in the professional game before, it’s the closest thing to being in it and not being at a pro club.
“That was a massive factor for me coming over. I spoke to Rick and he told me about the direction of the club and it’s the most professional set-up since I’ve been out of the pro game. I can’t wait to get back in that environment.”
After leaving Yeovil in 2016, Melanson joined Thetford and scored five goals in 28 games for the Brecklanders, before signing for Mildenhall Town in January of last year.
The midfielder found the target twice in 13 appearances for the Hall, as he played a part in helping them win the Premier Division and League Challenge Cup at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.
Melanson then returned to Mundford Road last summer, and enjoyed a fine season to finish as Thetford’s top goalscorer and scoop both the manager’s and players’ player of the season awards last month.
“I loved it at Thetford,” he said. “I played with my mates and for me I was only going to move if the right move came along, whether that was higher up or at the same level.
“I played with a little bit of freedom last year which allowed me to get forward more, get in the box, score goals and create chances in the final third.”
Melanson’s new club returned to the Thurlow Nunn League’s top flight last season after a 12-year absence, and Rick Andrews’ side continued the momentum from their First Division title success by finishing in third place.
The Old Gold and Blacks will be hoping to improve on that finish next season, with Melanson’s Premier Division title win with Mildenhall two years ago expected to bring some vital help to their promotion push.
“It was a good experience winning the league with Mildenhall,” Melanson said.
“I moved over halfway through the year and helped them get over the line.
“I know it’s a long season and I know what it takes to win it. It’s a group effort.
“Rick’s told me about the direction Stow want to go in and I want to be a part of it. Hopefully we can be successful.”