Shrewsbury Town boss Mike Jackson weighing up options for survival bid

Manager Mike Jackson today revealed there could be both comings and goings at Shrewsbury Town before Thursday’s loan deadline.

Shrewsbury Town's Mike Jackson
Shrewsbury Town's Mike Jackson

The weekend signing of Sheffield United striker Shaun Miller until the end of the season means Town now have seven loan players on their books.

But Jackson is only allowed to name a maximum of five in a match-day squad and says he is ready to shake things up to ensure he has the best players available for the survival struggle.

“We will probably have to do a bit with one or two of the loan players,” he said. “We’re just looking because we have the transfer deadline now on Thursday and once that is gone, it’s gone.

“We will be working all hours to make sure we get the right people in and send a few back.”

Currently on loan along with Miller at Greenhous Meadow are full-backs Joseph Mills (Burnley) and Dominic Iorfa (Wolves) and forward quartet Bahrudin Atajic (Celtic), Tom Eaves (Bolton), Sam Foley (Yeovil) and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Peterborough).

Jackson refused to be drawn on whether Mendez-Laing, who has missed the past three games through injury, will be one of those to make way.

“I have not made my mind up yet,” he said. “The biggest thing we needed was an experienced centre-forward. We have got one but we are still looking to add in certain positions so we will just have to regroup and see what the situation is.”

Town were also boosted on Saturday by the return of midfielder Aaron Wildig after four months out with a knee injury. The 21-year-old came off the bench against Bradford and played a key role in the build-up to the equaliser.

But Jackson played down any chance of him making the starting line-up for tomorrow’s trip to Carlisle, insisting he will be limited to appearances off the bench for the time being.

“To get him back is a big bonus,” he said. “It’s all about managing him now so we don’t try bringing him in for 90 minutes when he is nowhere near.”

Comments for: "Shrewsbury Town boss Mike Jackson weighing up options for survival bid"

Frank

what was the point of bringing in Mendez -laing he was not fully fit when he came,we cant afford to have passengers.

We need a proven goalscorer and a centre back so we can finally drop Tamika , i dont know who would want him but Winfield might as well go as well as he and Tamika are the worst centre backs town have ever had.

colin price

Made little sense in bringing in a player who was nowhere near match fit. Send him back now.

Jon

Tend to agree with Frank. Turner's worst stubborness was sticking to Winfield, Tamika (and Jones), when they were the cause of so many earlier collapses. I commented here a while back that Connor Goldson looked the best prospect in defence. The same faith and motivation should have been placed in Tom Bradshaw. Most of the loan strikers picked ahead of him were miserable failures (again, stubborness from Turner ?). The one quality loanee was Cameron Gayle. Does anyone know why he went back early ? P.S. Graham Turner is still our greatest manager (probably one of the best ever, outside the Premiership) - great memories from our glory days !