Shrewsbury already planning for next season

Shrewsbury Town boss Graham Turner today revealed plans for next season are already underway – although the club's League One status is still in the balance.

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Relegation would have implications on offering players fresh terms as well as the recruitment of new faces, but Turner stresses the club is taking a long-term view.

Several key members of Salop’s squad are out of contract this summer, including Jermaine Grandison, Jon Taylor, Marvin Morgan and Mark Wright.

Both Grandison and Taylor have attracted admirers for their performances over the past two years with livewire winger Taylor linked to several Championship clubs during the transfer window.

Talks about their futures are likely to be held before the end of next month, but Shrewsbury’s chief scout Ken Ryder is already tracking potential replacements.

“There’s thoughts we would need to do something about that before the end of the season,” said Turner.

“We’ve got to be looking at recruitment. My staff are out nightly watching games, as they have been for some time.

“The chief scout is very active at the moment. So in the short term it is about making sure we get out of trouble and in the long term, planning for future seasons.”

Meanwhile, Taylor was omitted from yesterday’s reserve game so he can train and put himself in contention for a return in Saturday’s home clash against Leyton Orient.

The Liverpudlian has not started a game for nearly a month after being troubled by a groin injury.

But Grandison, who has been fighting a pelvic problem for the past two months, was offered a 45-minute run-out in the 3-0 Central League win over Rotherham.

Turner hopes to have the influential defender back for the trip to Crewe a week on Saturday.