Shropshire Star

Paul Hurst calls on Shrewsbury Town loanee Dan James to get up to speed

Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst admits winger Dan James is not yet up to speed and ready for a match day squad place.


The young on-loan Swansea City winger arrived at Montgomery Waters Meadow this summer with a burgeoning reputation for running at defenders after impressing for Swansea’s academy teams.

But James, 19, has not yet featured in any of Hurst’s three League One match day squads, instead watching from the sidelines as Town have powered into fourth place with their 100 per cent record.

And Hurst is looking for more in training from Welsh youth international James, who was snapped up from Hull City by Swansea in 2014.

“It’s a little bit of how he’s doing in training,” admitted Hurst. “I don’t think he’s quite up to speed.

“We’re looking at maybe a (practice) game this week that’ll maybe give him an opportunity to get some minutes and show what he can do.

“But at the minute I feel that what I’m going with on the pitch and on the bench is ahead of Dan at this time.”

James and another wide option Arthur Gnahoua, a summer capture from Kidderminster Harriers, have struggled to oust first choice wingers Shaun Whalley and Alex Rodman on the flanks.

Both Whalley and Rodman have enjoyed eye-catching starts to the new season for Hurst’s in-form side.

James was called up to the Welsh senior set-up for a World Cup qualifier against Serbia in June.