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Shrewsbury Town plan a signing spree

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Manager Micky Mellon is forecasting a 'big summer' for Shrewsbury Town with lots of new signings arriving.

The Town boss has vowed to rebuild his squad over the next three months to improve on this season's 20th-placed finish in League One.

Shrewsbury have 17 players out of contract, plus five loans going back to their parent clubs and two – James Collins and Tyrone Barnett – due to come back.

And Mellon feels this is the ideal time to revamp his playing staff, saying: "There are going to be a lot of players coming, that's for sure, because we've got put a team back together again.

"The club has to (go forwards) but we'll have an opportunity to do that because we have so many players out of contract.

"We're spinning plates and there are things to be done here with players out of contract, so it's going to be a big summer."

Mellon is focused on attracting experienced League One players after helping Town survive after promotion from League Two.

He said: "The recruitment will have to be about bringing players in who we believe have good experience of doing well in this league."

But he stressed it won't be easy to recruit the best performers in the division, because Town can't compete on wages.

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He said: "This might not be what people want to hear, but this club isn't the first pick of these top-end players.

"We won't be paying the wages they command so it will be about selling the club to them, but I think we've got an awful lot going for us in that respect."

Mellon believes Shrewsbury's more isolated rural location could make it harder to recruit signings.

He said: "We are a bit isolated in terms of location and we have to contend with that, as well.

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"Things like relocating families when lads move clubs is something we have to consider, because there's an awful lot of upheaval involved when you come to Shrewsbury.

"It's difficult to commute to, and if you're living an hour and a half away, you're probably close to some of the big cities."

Mellon wants to do all he can to avoid another season of struggle after describing the campaign as his most difficult one.

He admitted: "It's definitely been the most challenging season of my career, without a shadow of a doubt.

"There are things that have gone on that if people knew they probably wouldn't believe."

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