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Keeper Situation Sorted

6 July 2012

GT has bolstered his squad with the addition of two keepers

Shrewsbury Town manager Graham Turner is delighted have completed the signing of two goalkeepers with Chris Weale and Joe Anyon putting pen to paper at the Greenhous Meadow.

The experienced Weale, 30, arrives fresh from three years with Championship club Leicester City while Anyon, 25, was player of the year at Lincoln City last season.

The manager said he was pleased to have brought in two keepers which means it's all change in the goalkeeping department with Chris Neal following Ben Smith, released at the end of last season, out of the club.

Neal had been offered a new contract but terms could not be agreed and he moves on after three years with Shrewsbury.

Delighted to have signed Weale and Anyon, Graham said: "Both are fairly experienced. Chris Weale was at Leicester City for three years. Nigel Pearson took him there and he played under Sven Goran Eriksson until they decided to bring Kasper Schmeichel in.

"He's got experience, he's played in the Championship and I believe he's a very good goalkeeper.

"Joe Anyon was at Lincoln and he had a good spell at Port Vale where he started his career.

"He looked an outstanding prospect, played 109 games there and then broke his leg and was out for 11 months.

"He picked his career up again at Lincoln, he's done well there and he's another experienced keeper to push Chris Weale all the way. I think we've done some good business there."

The race is now on to become Town's No 1 with the boss revealing he will keep close tabs on how the duo shape up over pre-season.

He said: "Chris is the more senior of the two but if you speak to Joe Anyon he thinks he can claim the place in the side.

"I've had to say to both keepers I've got an open mind. We'll see how they look in training and in pre-season matches.

"I think it's a little bit soul destroying if I identify a one and two but obviously Chris Weale has got the edge as far as experience is concerned and the level he's played at."

Graham added he wished Chris Neal all the best for the future after last season's first choice keeper at the Meadow failed to reach agreement on a new deal at the club.

He added: "Unfortunately, we didn't agree terms so we just wish him well and hope he continues with a fine career."

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