Abu Ogogo turns down his contract offer
Shrewsbury Town can confirm that Abu Ogogo has decided to turn down his contract offer with the club.
The club offered Ogogo an improved deal in order to try and persuade him to stay, but he has instead decided to join another club.
The 28-year-old played 124 times for the club, scoring five goals in all competitions, but he missed the latter stages of last season due to a knee injury.
New Manager John Askey had been keen to work with the Town Captain but accepted that the club did all they could to keep him.
“I’m a little disappointed”, admitted John.
“Obviously we tried our best to keep him because he had a good season last season, but he has decided to move on. There’s nothing more we could do as a football club, but the main job now is to replace him.
“I asked the club to do what they could, which they did, but sometimes you just can’t compete with the bigger teams, so as I say we’ve just got to go out now and do the job that he did.”
Central midfield was an area that John had already been looking to strengthen and he has a few targets in mind to fill the void left by Ogogo.
“It is a team game and there’s nobody who’s irreplaceable no matter who it is, unless it’s Ronaldo of course”, said Askey.
“Goalkeeper and Centre Midfield is the area that we are concentrating on at the minute and hopefully we can bring players in to replace the ones that have gone.
“I like the midfield to be able to rotate, so when you’re defending you’re defending and when you are attacking you are attacking. I don’t want to have somebody who completely sits.
“I’ve got my eye on quite a few midfield players, so what we might lose in one strength from Abs, we might gain another strength from another player.”
The club would like to wish Abu all the best for the future.