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Hurst on Leutwiler call-up

Gaffer gives his thoughts on Jayson's Canada call-up

27 June 2017

Shrewsbury Town Boss Paul Hurst is hopeful that Jayson Leutwiler can gain in experience after the Town number one was called into the Canada squad for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Jayson has been involved with Canada a couple of times over the last few months and is part of the 23-man squad which travel to the USA for the tournament

Leutwiler will miss at least three weeks of pre-season training, something which Paul feels isn’t ideal, but he wishes Jayson all the best.

“It’s perhaps a strange case of bad timing for us and it doesn’t really help, but you know that he’s going to be going somewhere and be training”, admitted Paul.

“It’s good news for Jayson and another great experience for him. It’s just not ideal from our point of view for him not to be playing through pre-season but we will have to manage that.”

Canada take on Honduras, Costa Rica and French Guiana in the group stages and Paul is hopeful that Jayson will get some game time.

“It is a big competition and I’m sure they will wanting to do as well as they can in it”, Hurst said.

“It will be interesting to see if Jayson gets any game time, but whether he plays or not, to be part of that group in that competition will be a great life experience for him.

“I’m sure he will want to get into that team and to get some minutes and from our point of view he can do that.

“He will be back before the season gets underway and as I just hope he gets the training we require and some game time as well.”

With Leutwiler away on international duty and Mark Halstead having left the club, Paul has just Shaun Rowley and Callum Burton to call-upon for pre-season, but admits it is an area he is looking at.

“The goalkeeping position is something that I am looking at and something we are working on”, said Paul.

“One way or another we will have it covered. I’m not going to panic and think that we won’t have anyone in goals. It means that one or two more ‘keepers will get some more action with Jayson being away.”

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