Shrewsbury Town

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2021/2022

Shrewsbury Town

In


Luke Leahy (def) Bristol Rovers; Matthew Pennington (def) Everton; Elliott Bennett (mid) Blackburn; Ryan Bowman (att) Exeter; Marko Marosi (gk) Coventry; George Nurse (def) Bristol City

Out


Matija Sarkic (r) (gk) Wolves – end of loan; Harry Chapman (r) (mid) Blackburn – end of loan; David Edwards (sp) (mid) Bala Town; Ro-Shaun Williams (r) (def) Doncaster; Sean Goss (r) (mid) released; Curtis Main (sp) (att) St Mirren; James Rowland (mid) Newtown; Ryan Sears (sp) (def) Grimsby; Brad Walker (sp) (mid) Port Vale; Ryan Barnett (mid) Solihull Moors; Scott Golbourne (sp) (def) released; Leon Clarke (att) released; Donald Love (sp) (def) released

Last season was difficult for Shrewsbury. They were second from bottom when Sam Ricketts was sacked in November. New boss Steve Cotterill led a recovery but was absent from January onwards after contracting Covid-19. He continued to select the team and provide advice to assistant manager Aaron Wilbraham. The Shrews stayed clear of the relegation zone as the season came to an end despite six losses in their last eight games. There has been a clear out of the squad during the close season. The most significant departures are number one keeper Sarkic and mercurial attacking midfielder Chapman. Sarkic has been replaced by Marosi, who started last season as first choice at Coventry before picking up an injury. Pennington has joined permanently after a good loan spell at the Shrews last season. Leahy and Nurse provide much-needed cover at full-back. Bennett is an experienced campaigner while striker Bowman has a point to prove. The Shrews squad still looks thin and Cotterill wants to add a few more players. Left wing-back Nathanael Ogbeta was a standout player last season and has been linked with a move away. Shrewsbury recorded some impressive away victories after Cotterill’s appointment last season but all campaign they struggled at home, picking up just 23 points from 23 matches at Montgomery Waters Meadow. Experienced boss Cotterill has now recovered from Covid and is back in full charge of the team.

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Mid-table. Certainly have the potential to improve on their 17th place finish from last season.

Season Review
2020/2021

№17: Shrewsbury Town

A difficult season for Shrewsbury. They did well to stay in the division. They made a decent start but a run of no win in eight saw them plummet to second bottom of the table in November and manager Sam Ricketts lost his job. The experienced Steve Cotterill was appointed and there was an immediate upturn in results with the Shrews going seven league games unbeaten. However, Cotterill then contracted Covid-19 and spent most of the rest of the season away from the club, either in hospital or recovering at home. He continued to select the team and provide advice to assistant boss Aaron Wilbraham. The team continued to pick up results and were never in danger of relegation as the season came to an end despite finishing the campaign with six losses in their last eight matches. Shrewsbury’s home form was disappointing throughout the campaign. They only picked up 23 points from their 23 games at the Montgomery Waters Meadow. On the playing staff, consistent performers throughout the season included ever-present Josh Vela and central midfield partner Oliver Norburn. Exciting young January additions revitalised the team. Attacking midfielder Harry Chapman, on loan from Blackburn, made a crucial impact, scoring some brilliant goals. Manchester City loanee Nathanael Ogbeta, was excellent in a left wing-back role. With Cotterill now recovered, Shrewsbury can look forward to a more stable campaign next season. They have the makings of a good side with an experienced and astute manager.


Player of the Season: Josh Vela

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