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Hendry Signs On Loan

23 March 2016

Defender Joins Until End Of Season

Hendry will wear the number 24 shirt during his time at Shrewsbury Town.
"When the need came up with the situation we have with centre backs, I thought he was the right player to come in and help us," said Micky.

"He has a great character and he has many qualities that I believe will help us.

"We have nine games to go and a lot of our centre backs are unavailable so it is important to get someone in to cover.

"I’ve seen him in the first team a couple of times this season and I’ve also been to see him play in the reserves against us a few times and he’s continued to impress me.

"I always felt that when the need was for us to have another centre back that he was definitely one I was going to try and bring.

"We’ve had long conversations with Wigan because they rate him very highly.

"They’ve agreed that the time is right for Jack to be in another environment in order to continue his progress.

"We needed a centre back for the massive games that are left. He’ll go into the squad for the Port Vale game and we’ll be fair."

Micky felt the move was important for Shrewsbury with defenders Jermaine Grandison and Zak Whitbread nursing slight problems while Dominic Smith will go on Wales U21s duty - meaning he will miss the Good Friday clash with Port Vale.

"He has always been very highly rated," said Micky.

"He is someone that a lot of the bigger clubs had an eye on and Wigan stepped up and signed him.

"When he came down here I have watched him a lot. He has played in cup games for the first-team and reserve-team games against us.

"I’ve known him since he was at Partick Thistle in Scotland. He’s a very good young footballer.

"He's a centre back who's quick, six feet four tall, good on the ball and he has a massive desire to fulfill all the qualities he has.

"I watched his progress as he developed at Partick Thistle and he got a move to Wigan."

And Town manager Micky Mellon is delighted to have the talented defender at the Club for the rest of the season.

Hendry featured four times for Scottish Premiership side Partick Thistle at the start of the 2015/16 campaign before signing for Wigan in September - where he has played three games this season.

The 20-year-old, who plays at centre back, will remain at Greenhous Meadow until the end of the season.

Shrewsbury Town are delighted to announce the signing of defender Jack Hendry on loan from Wigan Athletic.

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