Shrewsbury already planning for the summer, says Paul Hurst's ally John Psaras

The January transfer window may have shut, but Shrewsbury Town’s summer recruitment drive is already under way.

Scout John Psaras
Scout John Psaras

Paul Hurst has begun the search to boost his squad this summer after adding five players to his ranks in last month’s window.

John Psaras, a close ally and one of more than half-a-dozen scouts that watch games under the instruction of Hurst, insists the Town boss will not stand still.

“He is not resting on his laurels,” said Psaras. “Just because (January’s) business is done and they had a game every three days, he is still watching games.

“Earlier this week he was at Telford watching Wolves’ under-23s against Newcastle. We’ve been sent our remits and targets for the summer.”

Psaras explained how his instructions have been not to plan for a certain division, but to target a specific type of player.

He added: “Whether they go up or not, he will be looking at one or two players that will be able to play it (Championship).

“For example I looked at Afolayan at Solihull. They weren’t letting him go because of studies, but then West Ham came in and offered him a good deal.

“Whether you go up or not, these are players you know will be able to do a job for you. It’s covering bases.”

Town brought in defenders Max Lowe and Luke Hendrie alongside attackers Abo Eisa, Nathan Thomas and Sam Jones last month. And former AFC Telford coach Psaras, who became associated with Hurst through the non-league game, has already been issued with remits for player recruitment.

The former AFC Bridgnorth boss, who generally takes in Midlands and north west fixtures, added: “He’s not asking for a League Two or League One player specifically. It’s players with the right technical, physical and psychological ability.

“It’s not just watching the games. I have my contacts and I speak with former players and managers of the targets. ‘What was so and so like?’ Seeing if he’s a got the right character and is not trouble.”

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