Ollie Norburn: Shrewsbury futures are on the line

Captain Ollie Norburn insists Shrewsbury Town players know they are playing for their futures between now and the end of the season.

Oliver Norburn of Shrewsbury Town and Gavin Whyte of Hull City (AMA)
Oliver Norburn of Shrewsbury Town and Gavin Whyte of Hull City (AMA)

Town eye a return to form and winning ways at home to Plymouth in today’s League One mid-table clash as the run-in to the end of the season continues.

Shrews lost back-to-back league games for the first time since Steve Cotterill’s late November appointment in going down at Northampton on Friday.

After a below-par performance across the board, Norburn – back in the side from a two-match suspension – acknowledged that Town’s players have to impress despite lifting themselves up to a comfortable position in the table.

“No, we shouldn’t want that (a repeat performance of Northampton). We’ve got to build some kind of momentum going to next season,” said Norburn, who is set to lead Town out against one of his former clubs today.

“Everybody’s in different situations, people have contracts, people don’t, people want to impress those watching to get a contract somewhere else.

“People want to impress the gaffer to get a contract here. Lads in contract want to impress the manager so he keeps them in his plans.

“It’s all part of football. I’m sure if we have 10 more performances like that (Northampton) then the gaffer’s not going to impressed with many of us, is he?”

Around a dozen members of Town’s first-team squad see their Montgomery Waters Meadow deals expire at the end of the season as Cotterill prepares for his first summer window.

Captain Norburn returned to the side on Good Friday after serving a two-match suspension. He was one of just a handful of players in the division to pick up 10 yellow cards. He said: “It’s something I’ve got to learn to manage, if you like, I do know that. It’s something I will have to be working on in the future because at the end of the day you end up missing games and it can be costly for myself or the team.”

“It’s something I’ve got to improve and work on.”

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