Joe Anyon available for loan at Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper Joe Anyon is among several fringe players who manager Graham Turner will allow to leave the club on loan.

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The former Port Vale and Lincoln shot-stopper has had to take a back seat to in-form first-choice Chris Weale since arriving at the Greenhous Meadow last summer.

Anyon, 26, has only featured once in October’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie with Crewe, but his application during training sessions as well as Salop’s reserve games has impressed boss Turner.

He said: “If I could let Joe go out on loan, I would do, as he needs some decent game time

"He came here with the hope of getting a first-team place, then has had to watch Chris Weale come through and put in some terrific performances.

“But his attitude has never changed. He’s set a terrific example in training and worked his socks off, so I do sympathise with his situation.

“Joe’s been a model professional and you need that in the club. It’s only Chris’s form which has kept him out.”

Midfielders Aaron Wildig and Asa Hall could also benefit from loan spells after both failed to make the bench at Swindon last Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Town boss admits his hunt for a striker continues to frustrate him.

He said: “There’s plenty of young, unproven ones and one or two experienced ones who have not played many games, but we need someone to go straight in.”

Salop have also been linked with Cliftonville’s in-form Liam Boyce, the leading scorer in the Northern Ireland Premier League.