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Julien Dacosta joins Shrewsbury Town on loan from Coventry

Julien Dacosta has checked in on a season-long loan to become Shrewsbury Town's second signing of the day.

Julien Dacosta has signed for Shrewsbury Town on a season-long loan from Coventry City (AMA)
Julien Dacosta has signed for Shrewsbury Town on a season-long loan from Coventry City (AMA)

The Frenchman, a right wing-back, heads to Salop from Championship side Coventry City – who Town's previous two signings Jordan Shipley and Tom Bayliss have both represented.

Dacosta, 26, almost joined Steve Cotterill's Shrewsbury on loan in January, but opted to switch to Portuguese side Portimonense for the second half of the season at the last minute.

The wing-back's contract at the Sky Blues expires next summer. He has been in English football since arriving from the French second tier in 2020.

“I’m really happy to be here," Dacosta said after signing. "It’s my first day and I’ve all the other guys and the gaffer so I’m happy and, to be honest, I can’t wait to start. (The facilities) are good. The training ground is good and I can’t wait to see the stadium and the fans.

“I’m a good physical full back with good crossing, good technique, I’m fast so I’m alright!

“I’m excited to work with the gaffer and the lads so I’m happy. I just want to work with all the lads, have a good pre-season, and start the season well.”

Dacosta made 24 appearances in all competitions for Coventry, including 22 Championship starts.

He made just five outings in the first half of last season before switching to Portimonense, of the Primeira Liga, the top tier of football in Portugal, where Dacosta played 11 times.

As is common with season-long loan signings, Mark Robins' Championship side Coventry have an option to recall the loanee in January.

He is Town's first loan signing of the summer.

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