In discussion with the Shropshire Star, Shrewsbury Town manager John Askey is looking to further strengthen his midfielder options before the transfer window closes. Despite already added to this area, the ex-Macclesfield Town boss feels as though they still need more depth.

Whilst Charlie Colkett and Doug Loft have already signed up for the upcoming season, Askey feels as though the midfield is a key area of his squad, and it is also where they’ve been weakened the most from last season. Abu Ogogo and Ben Godfrey, two key players in the midfield from last season, will not be present this time around, and Askey wants more selection problems in this department,

“We are still looking in midfield to get people in.

“We have lost players over the summer and it’s an area where we were strong last year.

“We need to find the right combination so that we can compete with everyone else.”

Another goalkeeper is very much a priority this summer too, with a trialist given a chance to impress in the second half of their pre-season friendly encounter with Brentford at the weekend.

New faces have very much been added to the ranks, in addition to Colkett and Loft. Steve Arnold is likely to be their first choice goalkeeper having joined from AFC Barrow. Ryan Haynes of Coventry City will bolster the left back position, whilst Alex Gilliead is a tricky forward that will have a role to play. Others have linked up too, as Shrewsbury look to at least replicate their play-off finish of last season.


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