Graham Turner eyeing Luke Rodgers Shrewsbury Town move

Shrewsbury Town are set to turn to former favourite Luke Rodgers to help fire them out League One’s basement.

Former Shrews striker Luke Rodgers in Portsmouth colours
Former Shrews striker Luke Rodgers in Portsmouth colours

Town boss Graham Turner revealed Rodgers, 30, was a loan target after last night’s 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth. Defeat at Dean Court coupled with Coventry’s 3-1 win over Crawley has left the Shrews in the bottom four.

Rodgers, who it is understood Portsmouth are prepared to release – was a popular figure during his time at Gay Meadow before his 2005 move to Crewe.

The Birmingham-born frontman went on to play for Port Vale, Notts County, Yeovil and New York Red Bulls before signing a short-team deal at Fratton Park in the summer.

“We’ve talked about Luke for some time,” said Turner.

“We might be interested in Luke. But he played in the FA Cup last Saturday and I’ve got to be careful what I say because he’s Portsmouth’s player.”

Early goals from Charlie Daniels and Josh McQuoid left Shrewsbury reeling, although Matt Richards hit back with a 14th-minute penalty.

Turner insisted Lee Barnard should have been pulled up for a blatant hand ball in the build-up to Bournemouth’s second goal.

“I don’t think there was any doubt that after it came off the post he (Barnard) handled it,” said Turner.

“The fourth official suggested he’d warned the referee it was a hand ball, but the ref said it wasn’t deliberate. I think he tried to put it in with his hand after it ricocheted off the post.

“But that can’t disguise the start we had. Bournemouth are a good team and if you give them a two-goal start then they’re going to pass the ball around. They created chances and caused us problems.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Luke Summerfield was left on the bench at Dean Court because he suffered a reaction to the painkillers administered to him after he dislocated his thumb in the weekend 3-1 FA Cup defeat at Hereford United.

  • Michael Hector has returned to his parent club Reading to train and play reserve games, but remains a Shrewsbury Town player with his loan period due to expire at the end of January.
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Comments for: "Graham Turner eyeing Luke Rodgers Shrewsbury Town move"


I reckon Luke would have a great reception from the fans if he were to come back but looking at Turners oh so casual " We've talked about Luke for some time" ( with who?) and " We might be interested in Luke" I don't think we will see him though as other clubs will have snapped him up well before Turner wakes up. Luke might not run as fast now as he did when he was with teamed with Jemson at the Gay Meadow but once he had the ball he was away like a whippet leaving the goal keeper picking up the ball out of the net. Luke is a frontman - just what we need to get us out the mess we are in now. He might have his own ideas about joining Town and who could blame him.


With Gornell going out on loan to Rochdale we have an even greater need for a striker! Not 100% sure if Luke Rodgers is the answer but he would help us in the short term on loan. We are short on goals and he could link up well with Morgan but let's wait and see if it happens. I have my fingers and everything else crossed for us away at Orient. the first 6 pointer of the season....

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