It's Shrew love for Town keeper Dean Henderson

On-loan Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has professed his love for Shrewsbury Town – adding that he would consider returning one day.

Dean Henderson and chairman Roland Wycherley celebrate the play-off success over Charlton
Dean Henderson and chairman Roland Wycherley celebrate the play-off success over Charlton

The 21-year-old has been a hugely popular character between the sticks at Montgomery Waters Meadow this season. Henderson has been a mainstay in Town’s journey to the League One play-off final.

The shot-stopper, who was named in the PFA League One team of the season recently, has made 47 appearances for Shrewsbury in all competitions this season, keeping 19 clean sheets.

He has built a strong affinity with Town fans, including shaving his hair earlier in the season in aid of the Hope House charity, and has regularly been seen enjoying moments of celebration with supporters.

He said: “I’m going to follow the club forever and ever and I can go as far as to say I love the club to pieces.

“I’m so thankful for the opportunity they’ve given me, genuinely.

“I know a lot of loan lads wouldn’t be like that. They’d just use it for their own sake.

“But I’m really passionate. It’s been outstanding for me and I’d like to think I’ve done well for the club. Team-work makes the dream work in my eyes.”

The England under-21 international smiled while adding: “Maybe, you never know, I’ll return in a few years. We’ll see.”

Henderson spent a brief period with boss Paul Hurst on loan at Grimsby Town at the beginning of last season. The Old Trafford keeper’s future remains uncertain with his United contract up this summer. He is believed to have a number of suitors in the Premier League, Championship and Europe.

The goalkeeper, who kept 10 clean sheets by Boxing Day, hailed the coaching at Shrewsbury for improving his game. He has worked closely with former Welsh international and goalkeeping coach Danny Coyne on a day-to-day basis all season.

Henderson added: “Look, Coyney knows what I think of him. I don’t give him enough credit in public. But in my opinion he’s the best goalkeeping coach I’ve ever worked with.”

“He’s stood by my side and fought my corner. We’re training every day and looking to improve. I’ve really enjoyed my time with Daniel. Hopefully we can work together in the future.”

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