Shrewsbury's Abu Ogogo attracting plenty of interest
Shrewsbury are facing a fight to keep hold of midfielder Abu Ogogo – after Junior Brown departed for League One new-boys Coventry.
Ogogo is thought to have attracted interest from Championship side and the 28-year-old is also weighing up whether he wants to join a club closer to his former London home.
Popular left-back Brown, 29, ended his three-year stay and joined newly-promoted Coventry on a two-year deal.
He turned down the same length contract offer from Shrewsbury, who helped nurse him back to health last season after surgery on his cruciate ligament, for a more lucrative offer from the Sky Blues.
Boss John Askey understands that players who have caught the eye will be courted elsewhere.
He said: “They’ve done well as a group. Ideally we want to sign everybody up. I didn’t think it would be the case in all the players.
“But we’ll be trying our best for as many as we can.”
A total of four Town players are mulling over contract offers from the Montgomery Waters Meadow club. Winger Alex Rodman has triggered an extension.
Others deciding their futures are Lenell John-Lewis and Arthur Gnahoua.
The boss added: “It happens in football. If players have done well then other clubs are going to come calling, especially if they’re out of contract.
“It’s something that you have to deal with. If they do go then you can bring the new players in who are going to be just as strong.
“But that’s the task ahead. The players have done well for the football club but that’s how football is now.
“You look at squads every year, they change so much, it’s an ongoing thing. But I’m used to it. I had about 15 or 16 changes last year and that’s been the same for me for three or four years.”
Askey has been in touch with out-of-contract players regarding their futures. When asked if he’d talked with the players he had inherited at Shrewsbury, the boss replied: “No. I don’t think there’s any need. If they’ve signed then they’ve signed.”