Shrewsbury Town FC is delighted to announce that Elliott Bennett has signed a one-year deal at Montgomery Waters Meadow that will keep him at the club until 2023.
The experienced player initially joined Shrewsbury last season on a one-year deal but after a brilliant season that saw the 33-year-old make 48 appearances for Steve Cotterill’s side – including 42 in Sky Bet League One – he has been rewarded with another year.
He scored two goals from right-wing-back during the 2021/22 campaign and bagged six assists in all competitions, contributing plenty to both Town’s attack and defence.
With over 500 professional appearances to his name – including 59 in the Premier League with Norwich City – Bennett brings a wealth of qualities aside from his footballing ability such as experience and leadership to Cotterill’s dressing room and will continue to be a valued part of the squad.
Elliott Bennett said:
“I’m delighted to sign. The gaffer and I had a really good conversation when I first came to Shrewsbury. He wanted me to play games and be available and if I did that and performed he would reward me with another contract. I feel like I held up my end of that bargain and he’s held up his end. There was nothing on paper but it was a gentlemen’s agreement and I’ve done well enough for it to be honoured.
“It’s been massive to come back home to Shropshire and spend more time with my family; my wife and my kids – and one has just started school. It’s great to be able to be more of a dad and husband to a young family whilst still doing what I love for a job.
“I feel good still. The gaffer’s pre-season makes you fit and it’s one of the hardest I’ve had to do in my 16/17 years as a footballer. I’ve still got lots to give on the pitch and I think I can help the younger players too; I’ll be a voice to help them grow hopefully.
“I’ll keep playing until a manager decides I haven’t got it in me anymore because that’s what I love doing and I just want another season playing loads of games. It’s an honour to play in the shirt and I’m ready to play plenty more this season.”
On Josh Vela:
Shrewsbury Town can also say that it would appear that Josh Vela will not be signing another deal with the club. Having agreed a new two-year deal with Steve Cotterill the day after the Wigan game, the club had his new contract ready at the start of May and sent it to him to sign. He then also subsequently agreed to sign the contract once again with Brian Caldwell after he returned from holiday.