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Paul Hurst confident Shrewsbury Town will back him on transfer fees

By Lewis Cox | Shrewsbury Town FC | Published:

Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst remains confident that he will receive financial backing should his transfer targets warrant a fee.

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In a busy summer Shrewsbury have added nine players to their squad while six have headed out in the other direction.

Four of Town's signings have arrived on loan alongside three free transfers.

Compensation was paid to Reading on the capture of defender Zak Jules, while the club stumped up a fee for Chesterfield man Jon Nolan, who was handed a three-year deal.

The Town chief still has positions to address this summer, with players not in Hurst's plans still to be shipped out.

And should the need arise for Town to lodge another transfer bid, the boss is confident he will be supported.

"In fairness to the club and to the chairman, if I take something to the club the he'll look at it," said Hurst.

"Again, that's got to be reasonable, we're not going to sign anyone for £1million, that won't happen.

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"But if I felt I identified someone that he and the club would look at, and if it's not silly and there's still some development in the player then he will seriously look at it.

"From that point of view I've got no – grudge isn't the right word – but anything against the club because it is what it is.

"We 're just trying to get the best players we can whether they're free transfers, loans or if we do end up paying a fee."

A natural right-back is required in the absence of the injured Joe Riley.

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While Hurst has suggested his attacking business may be concluded Town are light on out-and-out strikers. Only new recruits Lenell John-Lewis and loanee Carlton Morris, AJ Leitch-Smith – who has not been involved all summer and believed to be on Hurst's want-away list – and youth graduate John McAtee are among the ranks.

The boss is hopeful that the likes of attackers Louis Dodds, Arthur Gnahoua, Shaun Whalley, Alex Rodman and Dan James can take goalscoring pressure from Town's strikers.

Hurst's first signing as Shrewsbury manager was defender Toto Nsiala, who the club brought from League Two Hartlepool United.

Nsiala has flourished in blue and amber and set a positive precedent for Hurst spending transfer fees with Town.

Gary Deegan, Adam El-Abd and Olly Lancashire all left mid-way through their deals.

Lewis Cox

By Lewis Cox
Trainee Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @lewiscox_star

Sports reporter with the Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Covering Shrewsbury Town and with a keen eye for non-league and grassroots.

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