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Paul Hurst on developing young players

3 February 2017

Gaffer looking to improve Town's reserve set up in order to help players progress

Shrewsbury Town Manager Paul Hurst has suggested that he will look at the current reserve set up in order to give Town’s young players the best chance of progression.

Town performed well in this season’s Central League Cup winning twice and drawing once from their four matches, but they have been the only opportunities for Town’s development players this season.

The likes of Kaiman Anderson, Callum Grogan and Ethan Jones have all enjoyed loan spells away from the club, but Hurst is hopeful that an improved reserve set up will allow them to continue their development at the club.

“It would be good for the boys to play", Paul told ShrewsWeb.

“It’s been difficult to get games arranged because we aren’t in the reserve league. We are in the reserve cup, so we’ve had a couple of games, but in general we haven’t had any games to judge them in.

“Overall, this is something I’m keen to look at moving into next season in terms of how we set up, is there something else we can do to get games? This time of year is always difficult because people are perhaps struggling with injuries and things.

“But, overall I’d like us to have a few more games pencilled in than what we have, so I can see them playing. It is good going out on loan, but it’s not easy to watch their games.

“I would like us to have some kind of reserve set up. The league I think is difficult because of where we are located and I know that there were issues with that last season, but there are a lot of local clubs so perhaps there’s something we can do there.”

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