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Paul Hurst on Ben Godfrey

28 December 2017

Gaffer pleased to have Godfrey on-board for the rest of the season

Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst is delighted that Ben Godfrey has agreed to extend his stay at the Montgomery Waters Meadow until the end of the season.

Godfrey has been a vital part of Town’s success this season making 24 appearances in all competitions.

The news broke yesterday that Norwich youngster would remain with Town for the rest of the campaign and Hurst was pleased with the news.

“We’ve extended his loan until the end of the season, which we are delighted about”, Paul told ShrewsWeb.

“I spoke to Ben a couple of weeks ago and he wanted to stay. Neil Adams (Norwich’s Loans Manager) then came over a couple of weeks ago and I had a chat with him and thankfully we have managed to get it all agreed.

“He came back into the team against Wigan and did well and he’s had a very good season so far and will be looking to build on that.”

Norwich have been keeping close tabs on all three of Town’s loan players this season and Hurst believes they are happy with the progress Ben has made.
 
“In fairness to Norwich I think they’ve had someone at every game”, Paul said.

“Various people watch their games and really do keep an eye on them. I think sometimes players can be sent on loan and on occasion that can be the end of the line. That is certainly not the case with these lads and they’ve kept a close eye on him.

“They’ve been delighted with him progress. They’ve been here and seen him train a few times, seen the set-up, so they are pleased to send their players here.”

Ben has been a crucial player as Town have gone with three in the middle of the park this season and Paul likes his attributes.

“He’s fitted in really well”, Hurst said.

“I spoke recently about him perhaps just having a slight dip, but you have to remember that he’s still only 19 years of age and I think the little rest has done him good.

“He came back and looked very strong, powerful and athletic, some of the real assets he possesses, and he used them really well against Wigan.”


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