Josh Vela's run of regular football key to his starring role at Shrewsbury Town

Midfield workhouse Josh Vela admits a regular run in the team has been the secret to his consistent Shrewsbury displays this season.

Josh Vela gets stuck in during Shrewsbury's fine 3-0 win over Plymouth on Easter Monday (AMA)
Josh Vela gets stuck in during Shrewsbury's fine 3-0 win over Plymouth on Easter Monday (AMA)

Former Bolton favourite Vela, 27, has plaudits for his tireless displays in the heart of Town’s midfield this term and is a very well respected member of the Salop dressing room.

Only one player, Ro-Shaun Williams, has made more league starts than Vela’s 36 of 39 league games. Vela only missed action as a result of the red card picked up at Peterborough in October.

And the midfielder, highlighted as the team’s ‘Duracell Bunny’ by assistant Aaron Wilbraham, will lead the charge at home to mid-table Doncaster tomorrow.

Vela said: “Playing week in, week out builds confidence and helps you play well.

“So yeah I feel like I’m in a good place and feeling really fit to get around the pitch. I’ve been enjoying it, I’ve played most or every game so I’ve been getting into my stride.”

Vela is a big favourite to be named players’ player of the season at the end of season awards. His midfield partnership with close north-west pal Ollie Norburn was a feature of Shrews’ turnaround under Steve Cotterill.

He added: “We have a good relationship and are good friends, it’s good to play together, he’s a good player and we enjoy playing with each other. Obviously I don’t mind a tackle, to get second balls is what me and Norbs have to do in there to get control of games.

“Second ball games are about winning headers, we have had Gossy playing a bit further forward who creates and can get a pass off.”

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