Shrewsbury Town return will help Steve Cotterill make decisions on players

Steve Cotterill's return to action will help the Shrewsbury Town manager 'look into the eyes' of his players while making decisions on their futures.

Steve Cotterill the head coach / manager of Shrewsbury Town gestures. (AMA)
Steve Cotterill the head coach / manager of Shrewsbury Town gestures. (AMA)

The Town boss takes in a match for the first time in 2021 today as Shrewsbury host Oxford. He has not seen a game in person since December 29 due to severe ill health.

Cotterill is yet to decide whether or not he will also attend season finales at home to Ipswich on Tuesday or at Crewe on Sunday week. He is also yet to confirm whether he will be at the club's Sundorne Castle base during training next week.

And the returning chief has a number of big decisions to make with more than a dozen senior first-team players out of contract this summer. Cotterill will not relay his decisions to players until the final ball is kicked at Crewe.

"The manager will have been on top of those type of situations," assistant manager Aaron Wilbraham said.

"To come back with a good week to look into their eyes – I'm not sure what days he'll be in – but he'll definitely be speaking to those players, even those in contract.

"There is some important decisions to be made and I'm sure it's something the gaffer and Keith Burt and everyone are on top of."

A number of high-profile Town players have their futures up in the air.

These include longest-serving player and fans' favourite Shaun Whalley, who this week reiterated he wants to stay at the club.

Midfielder Dave Edwards has opened the door to extending his Town career after previously suggesting retirement. Defender Ro-Shaun Williams has fallen out of Cotterill's first team in recent weeks, midfielder Sean Goss is another whose Shrews future hangs in the balance.

January signings David Davis and Curtis Main are also out of contract.

As is midfielder Brad Walker, who when asked what the future holds, said: "I'm not too sure. I've got to keep knuckling down, playing games, as many as I can, and see where it takes me.

"The majority of the good results came when I was injured, and we had a little bit of a dip recently, I just need to play games and show the gaffer what I'm about.

"I feel very unlucky, I've not had many injuries in my career – touch wood – and for the gaffer to select me in his first game and to do my ankle in a freak injury was unfortunate. And then my groin went.

"Yes I would (like to stay here). My family and kids are all settled in school and stuff, we'll see where the future takes us but I've loved every minute at Shrewsbury."

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