Brian Caldwell gives an update on Town's search for new signings
Shrewsbury Town CEO Brian Caldwell has given an update on the transfer situation as the January Transfer Window nears its conclusion.
Caldwell, along with Paul Hurst and the Chairman, has been working hard to get some last minute deals done before the window shuts at 11pm tomorrow night (31st January).
Brian admitted that lots of work is going on, but that situations are constantly changing.
“Some new things have developed today, so it’s ongoing”, Caldwell told ShrewsWeb.
“There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes over the last few weeks that’s for sure. Even the weekend was pretty full on. We’ve had to be pretty patient with things and hopefully they will land, but there’s lots of balls in the air.
“Paul’s list has a Plan A, a Plan B and a Plan C, so we are looking at various options just now and hopefully something will be added to the squad before 11 O’clock tomorrow night.”
A number of names have been linked with Shrewsbury in the Press and on social media over the last few days and Caldwell believes that Town’s league position is actually working against them at times.
“I’ve seen so many names speculated against us”, Brian said.
“I think it’s probably because of our success this season that they are looking at the top end of the table and linking us with loads more players, so I think we are a victim of our own success.
“We are being linked with almost every player that’s out there and agents are linking players with two or three clubs to make it newsworthy and they are then hoping somebody will come in with more money and a better agent’s fee.
“You look at our league position just now and everyone is trying to capitalise on that and are saying ‘if we give you this player and you end up going up then we want X amount of pounds’, but sometimes the X amount of pounds can be quite breathtaking to be honest with you.
“At the end of the day we’ve got a budget and we know what we want to do. We will try and get the best players we possibly can, but we’ve got to be fair to our other loan clubs, like Derby County, Manchester United and Norwich City, that don’t have astronomical figures if we do get promoted.”
Whilst, the club do have a budget to work in, Brian wanted to make it clear that the club are continuing to back Paul Hurst in the transfer market.
“We are still trying to back him as much as we can”, said Caldwell.
“We just have to look at the success we’ve had in the last year and three months that he’s been in the post and the players from all leagues that have done really well and have helped us get to second in the league, so long may that continue and we will try and back him as much as we can.”