Oliver Norburn deadline day deal sees Shrewsbury Town break transfer record
Shrewsbury Town smashed their transfer record as a hectic deadline day brought two new arrivals to Montgomery Waters Meadow.
It is thought the fee paid for top target Oliver Norburn from Tranmere tops the £170,000 Shrewsbury spent to bring in Grant Holt from Nottingham Forest in 2008.
Norburn, 25, was joined by centre-forward Lee Angol, who joined on an undisclosed fee from Mansfield on the cusp of yesterday’s 5pm deadline.
Angol, who signed for two years with the option of a third, was boss John Askey’s replacement for the departed Stefan Payne, who joined League One rivals Bristol Rovers for a fee thought to be worth £250,000.
Askey completed 15 signings in total this summer. The loan window remains open to clubs until August 31.
Midfield star Norburn, who is described by Askey as having a similar career path to Jon Nolan, said: “I feel like I have worked hard to get where I am in the last few years. I dropped down the leagues but I’m ready to climb back up them.
“I like to get on the ball, dictate play and make things happen.
“I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself, but I’m ready to go out there to perform and give everything.”
The midfielder, who penned a three-year deal, played a starring role in helping Micky Mellon’s Rovers back into the Football League last season. Town yesterday beat Sunderland to his signature.
He added: “I have worked with the gaffer before, I am looking forward to working with him again.
“I like what they’re trying to do here. They finished third last season, so it’s a great place to come, a great place to start working.”
Striker Angol, 24, spent last season with the Stags but has impressed in League One with Peterborough.
He has won promotions with non-league outfits Boreham Wood and Lincoln City.
Angol said: “I’ve got promotion from Conference South and from the Conference on my CV but now I want to have a professional promotion.
“For now my job is to get from League One to the Championship.
“I feel like I can add goals. I like to score goals, make a positive impact on the team, lead the line well and help the team move forward.”