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Three To Watch: Shrewsbury Town

16 October 2017

Tuesday evening's opponents Shrewsbury Town are flying high in League One this season, sitting second in the league only behind Wigan Athletic on goal difference.

Unbeaten in League One action this campaign this term, Paul Hurst's men will be looking to build on two positive away points at Walsall and Plymouth Argyle in their last two outings. 

Last time out, the Shrews came from behind to draw with Argyle at Home Park thanks to a goal from Shaun Whalley. 

So as Darrell Clarke's men travel to New Meadow Tuesday evening, we take a quick look at the potential threats in the Shrews ranks. 

Stefan Payne - Striker

Shrewsbury Town pulled off a major coup when they signed Payne [pictured above] from Barnsley for an undisclosed fee in August 2017. 

Payne had previously enjoyed a loan-spell with Shrewsbury during the second half of the 2016/17 season, scoring two crucial goals as Town secured their League One status. 

A regular scorer in non-league, Payne’s career really took off when he moved to Dover Athletic, where he scored 43 goals in 83 games. 

So far this season Payne has hit the back of the net seven times in all competitions and is averaging just over a goal every other game for the Shrews.

Alex Rodman - Winger

Rodman joined Shrewsbury on a free transfer from Notts County in January 2017, signing an 18-month deal.

He played his youth football with Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers, but decided to go down the University route and spent time with a number of non-league clubs whilst he studied at Nottingham Trent University.

He was then picked up by Paul Hurst’s Grimsby Town side and scored 8 goals in his one season with the Mariners before joining Gateshead.

Rodman moved back into the Football League with Newport County, before joining Notts County in the summer of 2016. 

Jon Nolan - Midfielder

One of Paul Hurst's main targets in the summer of 2017, Jon Nolan signed a three-year deal with Town after joining on an undisclosed fee from Chesterfield.

Nolan had previously played under Hurst at Grimsby Town scoring four times in 18 appearances as they won promotion from the National League.

After gaining promotion Nolan moved to Chesterfield where he made 30 appearances in League One last season. 

Jon started his career as a scholar at Everton before spells with Stockport County, Lincoln City and Wrexham.


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