Shrewsbury Town actually issued their retained list over a week ago, but manager Paul Hurst is still waiting to hear back if those he offered new deals too will be staying. In total, four have been offered fresh terms, but four more were told that they would no longer be needed.
Salop ended last season just two places above the relegation zone, and Hurst is now looking ahead to his first full season in charge of the club. Of those that were indeed released, they were not any major surprises, so it is now a case of focusing on who will be staying.
Second choice goalkeeper Mark Halstead was told that he wouldn’t be needed at the club anymore. He will depart in a bid to secure more regular first team football elsewhere. Also moving on were three younger players, all aged 20 and below. Kaiman Anderson, Callum Grogan and Ethan Jones head away to seek employment elsewhere.
There is greater interest in the four Hurst wants to keep. Player of the Year winner Mat Sadler has been offered an extension, in addition to tricky winger Shaun Whalley. Bryn Morris signed during the last campaign from Middlesbrough and the club now wish to keep him on board longer term. Young keeper Shaun Rowley is another that is needed too.
Hurst is now playing the waiting game with those four, telling the BBC that he has to be shrewd in the transfer market,
“It’s about getting value for money. You always want more. But the business I’ve done in the main has been good. People say I’m conscientious.”
“We’re never going to have the biggest budget in this league, we know that. But I knew that when I first came.”
Released: Mark Halstead, Kaiman Anderson, Ethan Jones & Callum Grogan.
Offered extensions: Mat Sadler, Shaun Whalley, Bryn Morris & Shaun Rowley.