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PREVIEW: Town v Wolves

24 July 2015

Look Ahead To Saturday's Friendly At Greenhous Meadow

This weekend Shrewsbury Town welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to Greenhous Meadow for our third pre-season friendly of this closed season. 

It's Wolves fifth friendly so far having beaten French sides F.C. Chambly 3-2 and Paris FC in France and last weekend they beat our fellow League One new boys Burton 1-0 away. 

Their fourth game was at Nuneaton on Tuesday which they won 4-1, so we're going up against a team that has nothing but wins behind them. 

Incoming players 

Defensive midfielder Conor Coady from Huddersfield for a fee believed to be in the region of £2 million. Liverpudlian Coady started his career with Liverpool playing twice before moving to Huddersfield town in 2014. 

He had already spent the 2013/4 season with Sheffield United on loan and played against us at Bramall Lane when we lost 2-0 in League One. 

Last season he signed for Huddersfield Town and played 48 times, scoring three goals. 

Attacking Midfielder Jed Wallace from Portsmouth for a fee believed to be in the region of £275,000. 

We saw Wallace in action last season, when we played his previous club Portsmouth, converting an early spot kick in a narrow game that finished 2-1 to us. In his time with Pompey the midfielder scored 30 times in 121 games. 

Eighteen year old French left sided defender,Sylvain Deslandes from SM Caen. Cameroon born Sylvain has played for France at under 16, under 17 and under 18 level. 

We meet again 

Dominic Iorfa-The 20 year old defender  played for us at the end of the 2013/4 season and as far as I can remember looked quite a cultured right back. 

Last season he made a breakthrough at Molineux, making 22 appearances in the Championship last season. 

He's played for England at under 18 and under 20 level and has a footballing family connection.  Iorfa's father, also called Dominic, was capped four times by Nigeria and had spells with Peterborough and Queens Park Rangers during his career. 

David Edwards- Twenty nine year old Edwards started his career with us and made over 100 appearances before moving to Luton. Luton suffered financial problems and it wasn't long before Dave moved on to Wolves as he was a saleable asset. 

Since his arrival at Molineux in 2007 he has become an intrinsic part of the squad and has been promoted to the Championship and the Premiership. He's also a Wales international with 27 caps under his belt. 


It's another friendly and as such the result is pretty unimportant, but the actual game is of course an important part of the run in to the new season. 

As with last weekend and Tuesday night I will be keeping an eye out for clues as to how we're going to set up strategically next season.

I'm also interested to see how the new players get on along side their new team mates, I've been impressed with some of their contributions so far and at least one or two look to be laying a claim to a first team slot.
Wolves have plenty going for them on the pitch too, with quite a young squad that Kenny Jacket has put together. It's noticeable that his three signings so far this closed season are all under 22 as he looks to build a team that will grow together, and push the Black Country team up to the Premiership. 

But returning to the prediction for a moment, I think it will be a close game, decided by just the odd goal. 

Shrewsbury Town 3-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 


Marcus Braddock 

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