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Hurst on youngsters' loans

Gaffer pleased to get Sears and Roberts some game time

18 August 2017

Shrewsbury Town Manager Paul Hurst is hopeful that loan spells for Callum Roberts and Ryan Sears will help in their development.

Earlier this week, Sears joined Newtown, whilst Roberts went on loan to the Welsh Champions TNS.

Both players signed their first professional contracts this summer and Hurst believes that this will be the next stage in their improvement.

“TNS have obviously done very well in their respective league”, Paul told ShrewsWeb.

“Robbo went there for a couple of days training and they were happy with what they saw. Robbo was certainly happy with that and it gets him playing.

“Sears is joining his hometown club, so it’s great from that point of view. Both clubs aren’t a million miles away from ourselves, so we can keep a close eye on them and monitor them.

“It’s important that they do get to play. We obviously haven’t got a reserve team, although we will have some fixtures as we go along, but there’s no point them training all week and not having a game at the end of it.”

Paul is also hopeful of getting Town’s other first years pro’s – George Hughes, John McAtee and Chris Gallagher – some game time.

“Crickey (Chris Gallagher) has had a call-up to the Northern Ireland Under-19s, so hopefully he will get some game time there”, said Hurst.

“The other lads we are looking at options and there are a couple of possibilities for them moving forward, but if they don’t they will obviously be with us and they can be involved in games when we do arrange them.”

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