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Youngsters reflect on loan spells

6 January 2017

Callum Grogan and Shaun Rowley reflect on their spells away from the club

Shaun Rowley and Callum Grogan have returned to Shrewsbury Town from their loan spells.

Rowley enjoyed a highly successful period with Chorley after joining in October, helping them to third in the Vanarama National League North. He also picked up the Player of the Month Award for December during his spell in Lancashire.

Rowley spoke to ShrewsWeb about his return to the Greenhous Meadow: “It was good - good personally for me to get games and we did really well in the league too.

“It was a good environment to be a part of – they’re a good set of lads and they were up there in the playoffs since I was there. They’ll go on and do well I’m sure and I wish them all the best.”
 
The 20-year-old made ten appearances for Chorley whilst there, keeping four clean sheets.
 
“It was great to be playing every week and everyone welcomed me to the club with open arms.
 
“I learnt loads – in games the scenarios you’re apart of can’t be replicated too well in training. So getting that experience in men’s football was priceless for me.
 
“I was buzzing with the player of the month award – I wasn’t expecting it at all. I did well in December and it was nice the fans recognised that.”
 
With Jayson Leutwiler, Mark Halstead and Callum Burton ahead of him in the pecking order Rowley did admit he would be looking to go out on loan again to gain some more experience.
 
“I’ll probably look to go out again because for me to know I’m playing every week was great. I’d like to go somewhere and keep the run of games I’ve had going.”
 
Callum Grogan has left Evo-Stik Northern Premier First Division North side Radcliffe Borough where he became a regular at the heart of their back four. The move was Grogan's first experience of men's football and should stand him in good stead for the rest of the season.
 
Grogan spoke to ShrewsWeb: “It was good, I enjoyed it a lot and I played a good amount of games. It was definitely a step up from youth football – but I think I coped quite well with it.
 
“The intensity and the speed of the football was the main difference – the lower leagues are quite frantic and it’s a lot more aggressive than youth team football.”

Grogan made his first appearance for Radcliffe Borough at the beginning of October and went onto make 16 appearances in all competitions for them.

“The main aim is always to impress the gaffer here – I’ll keep working hard in training and hopefully it will pay off for me.”
 
Town gaffer Paul Hurst told ShrewsWeb of the pair: “I’ve been watching footage of Shaun and I’ve been very pleased to hear all the positive feedback about his performances – I think it was a positive loan.

“I think as a keeper it’s harder to recreate the situations in training, but the idea at the minute is for Shaun to be around here – in training for a few weeks.

“I’ve been impressed with Callum, I think he’s done well when he’s been here – I like his attitude.

“He’s a young player who doesn’t go out there and say ‘I’m a young player I’m not going to compete’ but at the same time he’s respectful of his position and where he’s at in his career.

“Unless something comes along which is too good to turn down for him – he’s going to be a part of the squad here.”

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