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Paul Hurst on Daniel James

Gaffer gives his thoughts on the loan signing of Swansea City winger Daniel James

30 June 2017

Shrewsbury Town Boss Paul Hurst is excited by what new signing Daniel James will bring to the Town squad.

A left winger, known for his pace and skill, James adds more options to the Town midfield.

Paul has been tracking the 19 year old’s progress for a while and is delighted to have got the deal over the line.

“He’s an out-and-out winger”, Paul told ShrewsWeb.

“He’s quick, he likes to run at players, he’s only small in stature, but he certainly impressed up on the few occasions that we watched him last season and from speaking to other people he is well thought of.

“He’s an exciting player that will hopefully add to our attacking options. I spoke about the central midfield area being pretty much complete and now with the addition of Dan in the wide areas that will be us for the centre of the pitch.

“We have been trying to do the deal for a while and were told that we had a good chance of completing it and I’m delighted that it’s finally signed and he will be on the trip to Portugal.”

Paul has spoken to a number of people about Daniel and believes he could make a good impact at Shrewsbury.

“Swansea actually bought him from Hull City, so that shows the talent that he’s got”, Hurst said.

“In our youth set-up, Eric Ramsay has worked with him before and through another member of staff Dan’s name was mentioned and he speaks extremely highly of him in terms of his attitude as well, so it showed that we were on the right track.

“He knows Dom Smith and from chatting to Dom part of him reminds him of Shaun Whalley who obviously goes down well with the fans, so we’ve hopefully got another player that will get the crowd excited, create some chances and add some goals as well.”

Daniel adds to the likes of Shaun Whalley, Alex Rodman, Arthur Gnahoua and Louis Dodds in the wide areas and Paul is expecting to have some selection headaches come the start of the season.

“That’s pretty much us done out wide and there’s going to be some real competition”, said Paul.

“I spoke about the central area and giving myself headaches and now that’s what it’s going to be out wide, but if anything it is only going to raise standards in training as well.

“They know that they are going to have to be right at it because none of them are guaranteed anything and it will be picked on who is in the best form and the best shape to have that positive impact in the first team games.”

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