Shrewsbury Town have signed James Bolton from Gateshead for an undisclosed fee as confirmed by the club website.

The the 24-year-old right-back is an established player in the Vanarama National having played for the likes at Macclesfield Town and Halifax before landing at Gateshead in 2016. In his year in the North East he made 39 appearances and scored one goal, impressing as the club finished 8th in the Conference, 12th points off the play-off places.

But Bolton will not be helping Gateshead help to take the next step in their attempts to get promoted as he has moved to Shrewsbury, signing a two-year deal in the process. While this will be his first time in Sky Bet League One, his form in the non-league suggests that he can make the step up and that he could end up being a key player for the Shrews as they look to push up the third tier table.

After completing his move to Shrewsbury, Bolton said: “I’m really pleased to have finally got it through”

“It was an easy decision with it being in the Football League and being such a big club, so it was brilliant. It’s always been my goal to play in the Football League and hopefully I get the opportunity to do it here.

“It’s going to take time to adjust. It’s not like I’m going to get straight into the pace of it, but I’m confident that I can get used to it and hopefully do well for the team.”

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