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Town Academy Graduates Sign First Professional Deals

7 June 2023

Club News

Town Academy Graduates Sign First Professional Deals

7 June 2023

Shrewsbury Town are delighted to announce Josh Bailey, Declan Hutchings and Nana Owusu have all signed their first professional contracts with the club.

All three players are graduates of the Salop academy and made their first-team debuts last season.

Josh made his League One debut against Barnsley last November.

Declan and Nana, meanwhile, both impressed in the Papa John’s Trophy.

All three players also featured on the first-team bench multiple times last season.

Academy director David Longwell said:

“This football club is all about giving young players a chance.

“It’s a big jump to play in League One but we feel these boys have got a lot of potential.

“The three of them are different in their own right. Nana plays as a right-back or a right wing-back.

“Josh is a left wing-back or left-back and Declan can play in a number of positions – centre-back, right-back or central midfield.

“Each of them has got the attributes needed to earn this opportunity.

“We always push that they have to work hard and have the right mentality.

"Hopefully, if they can come in that mindset – which I’m sure they will do – they will have a chance of progressing.”

On how pleased he is to see three more players come through the academy:

“It takes time to build any academy – you can’t just do it overnight, you need a few years.

“We have worked hard with these boys over the past couple of years. They have already trained a lot with the first team and we think they have done well.

“Now it’s up to them to push on. But I do think this shows the pathway we have.

“Some clubs pretend to have a pathway but don’t really have one.

"We have actually got a pathway here and it’s up to us to push the players so they can play more regularly in the first-team.”


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