Shrewsbury hero Shaun Whalley set to extend Town stay into a seventh season

Fans’ favourite Shaun Whalley has revealed he is set to extend his Shrewsbury Town stay into a seventh season.

Shaun Whalley scores his 35th goal for Shrewsbury in the 3-2 defeat at Crewe. He ends the season as top scorer and revealed he is staying beyond the summer (AMA)
Shaun Whalley scores his 35th goal for Shrewsbury in the 3-2 defeat at Crewe. He ends the season as top scorer and revealed he is staying beyond the summer (AMA)

Whalley, who turns 34 in August, signed off the 2020/21 season in style with a fine goal in the 3-2 defeat at Crewe yesterday to take his tally for this season to League One best of nine goals.

And the winger, whose contract expires in June, revealed afterwards that his future has been sorted after early talks with boss Steve Cotterill.

Whalley passed the milestone of 200 games in blue and amber this season and can now look forward to more landmark days ahead, as well as playing in front of supporters who hold him up as a hero – when fans hopefully return in August.

The club confirmed Whalley triggered a one-year extension in his deal which ties him down until next summer. It is believe that trigger came after Whalley reached a number of league starts a couple of weeks ago.

When asked about his future, the Liverpudlian, brought to the club as a free agent by Micky Mellon in 2015, said: “I’ll be here next season and I’m delighted.

“I love it, everybody knows that. My performances show that.

“I’ve wanted to stay here and I’m looking forward to next season.”

Whalley is the second of Shrews’ 14 out-of-contract senior pros to confirm his future after left-back Scott Golbourne revealed on Saturday night he was retiring this summer aged 33.

Winger Whalley has scooped the Town top scorer award for the first time in his six-season stay, finishing on nine goals, just edging loanee Harry Chapman with seven.

The 33-year-old’s last effort was a fine strike at The Alexandra Stadium, as Cotterill’s side saw out the season with a 3-2 defeat, which confined Salop to 17th in the final standings.

The stadium was also the scene of Whalley’s first Town goal, back in the Christmas period of 2015, a last-minute winner at the opposite end in front of a rampant Mellon and away following.

And the Salop hero, who was signed from Luton, has now clocked up 232 appearances and 35 goals for the club.

His fine strike at Gresty Road yesterday lunchtime came with Town 2-0 down to the Railwaymen after a slow start in which two goals from ex-Town loanee Mikael Mandron had the hosts ahead.

Daniel Udoh, who is also out of contract at Shrewsbury, pulled Cotterill’s men level against his former club by half-time.

And it appeared Shrews, with Cotterill in the stands, would sign off with a well-earned point but veteran striker Chris Porter, another former Meadow loanee, came off the bench to tap in the winner late on. Town assistant Aaron Wilbraham said of the narrow defeat: “You want to go out with a win to end the season, we’re disappointed not to win the game.

“We were disappointed with the third goal, it was a scrappy goal to concede.

“But I think we lost the game in the first 35 minutes, we were really lethargic with a kind of end-of-season feel to it.

“The boys showed great character to come back into it but we don’t want to give ourselves that mountain to climb.”

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