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Caldwell On Transfers

12 June 2018

CEO updates on the work going on to build the squad

Shrewsbury Town CEO Brian Caldwell is continuing to work hard behind the scenes with Manager John Askey to prepare for the forth-coming season.

Despite Brian being away for an EFL conference Town managed to secure two of John Askey’s main targets.

Brian was pleased with the work conducted and feels Town are a good position to keep going forward with the clubs preparations.

“There has been a lot of work going on despite me being away for a few days,” Brian said.

“The phones are always constantly going and John and I have spoken every day, probably two or three times day, plus text and email as well.

“There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes. I get the sense supporters were getting frustrated with the lack of signings but I can assure you it wasn’t through lack of effort on our part.

“John earmarked Fejiri initially as one he wanted to bring in as well as Kieran. Sometimes these things aren’t always as straightforward as going and signing a player from another club.

“There is a lot of negotiation going on with Dagenham & Redbridge so that we could reach an acceptable transfer fee. That was going on everyday last week.

“You have got to speak to the players and agent to agree personal terms, it’s not always straightforward with agents involved.

“We’re delighted to get two on board with Kieran as well. That’s just two; there are a lot of irons in the fire just now, shall we say. Plus we have had a lot dialogue with the out of contract ones.”

Brian also expanded on the out of contract players and other transfer speculation that surrounds the club.

“There was a lot of talk last week with Junior leaving, yes that a loss to us,” The CEO said.

“In Junior’s situation we both offered two years but he decided to go somewhere willing to pay a lot more money than we could afford to pay. We have to just move on.

“The close season always brings speculation. I know which one they are referring too. There has been no discussion on Jon Nolan going anywhere.

“We haven’t had any offers, any contact or interest. Whether it’s Toto, Jon Nolan or any of our contracted players. There has been no movement in that.

“What tends to happen at this time of the year is agents put things out to try and stoke the fire and then people pick it up on it.

“If there is any movement, I’ll be the first to tell anybody.”


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