Egyptian defender Adam El-Abd has today signed for Shrewsbury Town.

The former Bristol City and Brighton man joins the club on a two year contract, following his release from Ashton Gate at the end of last season.

It was a disappointing campaign last year for Shrewsbury, but boss Micky Mellon is clearly in the process of rebuilding, and El-Abd becomes the ninth new player to join the League One club so far this transfer window.

The defender began his career at Brighton, coming through the youth set up there.

Infact, the Egyptian was actually born in Brighton, and spent 20 years at the club in total.

11 of those years were as a professional footballer, and he made exactly 300 appearances for the South Coast club.

El-Abd joined Bristol City in 2014 for an undisclosed fee, and helped them earn promotion back into the Championship later that season.

However he found it difficult to nail down a first team spot, and instead spent the majority of his time on loan at League One clubs.

He’s spent time at Bury, Swindon Town and Gillingham over the past few seasons.

Despite his dual nationality meaning he was eligible for England, El-Abd opted to play for Egypt, and featured seven times for the African team under the management of Bob Bradley.


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