Luke Hendrie joins on an 18-month deal
Shrewsbury Town are delighted to announce the signing of Luke Hendrie for an undisclosed fee from Burnley.
Luke, who signs an 18-month contract, has spent the first-half of the season on-loan with Sky Bet League One rivals Bradford City, making 18 appearances in all competitions.
The 23-year-old, who is capable of playing in defence or midfield, also enjoyed a successful loan spell last season with Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock.
This will be his first permanent move to League One level and he admits that Paul Hurst’s interest was flattering.
“I’m delighted to be here”, said Luke.
“I’m glad everything is sorted now because it’s been a weird sort of week, but I can’t wait to get going with the lads and the staff.
“I heard about it in the summer but for some reason or another it didn’t happen and then a couple of weeks ago he came back and it interested me straight away.
“The main thing was that he made me feel wanted and that’s what you want when you are going into a new club.
“You ask any player and they want to be made to feel special and valued by everyone at the club, and the non-playing staff and the playing staff here have made me feel welcome and wanted.
“My past few moves have been on-loan and it can be difficult sometimes because you never know how long you are going to be there for, but I’m happy to get it sorted and I know now for the next 18-months that I will be here with Shrewsbury.”
Hendrie has played in a number of positions in his career and he likes to think his versatility will come in handy.
“I can play at right-back, left-back, in midfield, anywhere really”, Luke said.
“At Bradford I played the majority of the games at left-back and I will play wherever the manager wants me to play. I see it as a positive thing if you are trusted to play in different positions, so anywhere on the pitch will suit me.”
He joins a Town side that are currently second in Sky Bet League One and Luke is excited by what the future might hold.
“Hopefully there will be a lot of success, but that will come with hard work, so I just want to work hard first and foremost and see where it takes me”, Hendrie said.
“The lads are playing really well and long may that continue. The manager has great ambition and I’m an ambitious player as well, so he matches my ambition and I can’t wait to get going.”