Graham Turner hopeful Tom Eaves will see out loan at Shrewsbury Town

Shrewsbury Town boss Graham Turner suspects he will now be able to keep impressive loan striker Tom Eaves until the end of the season.


Bolton’s re-emergence as Championship play-off contenders could mean the Liverpudlian is left to see out the remaining five games of his stay at the Greenhous Meadow.

Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman inserted a 24-hour recall into the agreement struck a fortnight ago, mindful he might be able to run the rule over the 21-year-old for the first time in senior action if there was nothing riding on his club’s final games. But six wins from their last eight have moved Freedman’s men to within four points of the top six in the second tier.

“It was intimated to me before Bolton sent Tom out on loan they would want him back to put in their side,” revealed Turner.

“But they’ve got a chance of the play-offs so I can’t imagine them doing that now.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed that he’ll stay with us for the next few games.”

Eaves took his goal tally with Salop to six after firing a hat-trick in Monday’s win over Crawley and was due to make his ninth appearance for the club at Yeovil today.

“He’s enjoying playing games and the goals he’s got have obviously helped,” added Turner.

“Six goals in eight games is a terrific record after he scored seven in 14 for Bristol Rovers earlier in the season.”

Meanwhile, fellow loanee James Hurst has hinted he is in the shop window as he will be moving on from West Brom in the summer.

The 21-year-old full-back could be playing for a permanent deal at the Meadow after rejoining Town on loan last week.

Hurst, who enjoyed a spell at the club last term, has filled in at right-back for West Brom team-mate Cameron Gayle, whose loan has been all-but-ended by a hamstring injury.

“My contract is up at West Brom in the summer so the opportunity is there for me to move on,” said Hurst.

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