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'Coronation Street' Spoiler: First Look At Shayne Ward As Aidan Connor (PICS)

11/08/2015 00:05 BST | Updated 18/03/2016 19:59 GMT

The first photos of Shayne Ward on ‘Coronation Street’ have been released, ahead of his debut on the cobbles next week.

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It was confirmed back in May that the ‘X Factor’ winner had landed a coveted role in the soap, playing Aidan Connor, a cousin of Carla’s.

Aidan arrives on the scene next Friday, after being contacted by Carla’s friends, Michelle and Nick, who have grown concerned that her gambling is getting out of hand, and affecting her business.

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Shayne Ward makes his debut on 'Corrie' next week

A new publicity shot shows Shayne standing next to Kym Marsh and Alison King, who play Michelle and Carla, in front of the Underworld storeroom, where Carla is currently the boss.

Given the fact that Alison is about to take a sabbatical from the soap, could it be that Shayne’s character is about to take over as the head of the underwear factory?

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Shayne in character, as Aidan Connor

Speaking about his role last month, an excited Shayne admitted: “I didn't realise how large this role was, storyline-wise. There is a lot going on without a doubt.

"I am going to work hard, especially with the role I have been given and the storylines, which are much bigger than I expected."

Shayne isn’t the only celeb currently gearing up for his ‘Corrie’ debut, as new footage of Paddy McGuinness’s forthcoming appearance on the soap was teased on Monday.

Let’s just hope that they’re more warmly received than the last celebrity to make a guest spot on the cobbles. Sarah Harding’s four-episode stint was slated by viewers on Twitter last month.

Shayne's character arrives in Weatherfield on Friday 21 August.

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