Shrewsbury Town's new training complex will help attract signings, says boss
Shrewsbury Town can use their new Sundorne Castle training complex as a selling point when targetting potential signings, says boss Paul Hurst.
The club have set a June 23 finish date for the training centre in Sundorne as the players return from their pre-season break.
The move is another examples of Shrewsbury moving into a fresh era under Hurst, who is preparing to take Town into his first full season having secured League One status last time out.
The complex, which was owned by chairman Roland Wycherley since 1996 until it was passed onto the club as an asset last year, consists of a building that will house offices, a gym, a restaurant and lounge areas for players.
Next to the building at Sundorne, which has cost the club in excess of £200,000 as per the initial investment figures, is a grassed area which will cater for three pitches (checking).
The project is being developed by Allscott-based Maxwell Amenity Limited.
The boss has so far added Arthur Gnahoua and Lenell John-Lewis to his playing squad and it is expected that he will use the training ground to help persuade other signings to choose a move to Town.
Hurst said: "The training ground's getting there, it's not complete but it wasn't supposed to be.
"I'm just hopeful that we can get there for pre-season, and I'm pretty sure we will to be truthful.
"It's another thing to talk to signings about and take them there. That's what we want to do.
"It's a good selling point and a place for everyone to start the new season at.
"It will be good, there's no doubt about that.
"I am looking forward to seeing it complete with the finishing touches to it that we want.
"It'll be a good place and a good environment to work with."
The project has suffered a couple of setbacks due to poor weather after the club originally hoped for it to be ready towards the end of 2016.
Despite travellers setting up camp on the pitches on a couple of occasions towards the end of the season, the grass is now being maintained while building work and work on the car-park is completed.
Chief executive Brian Caldwell said: "We're still on course for everything to be ready in time.
"Internal building work is currently on track and the pitches are being maintained. There after work will begin on driveways."