Shrewsbury Town have today confirmed that they have signed Crystal Palace winger Sullay Kaikai on a loan deal lasting until mid-January.
Contracting Kaikai to Greenhous Meadow until January 16th 2016, the loan deal is one that has pleased the coaching staff at Shrewsbury as they look to improve on their stuttering start to the season.
The winger, 20, is making the loan deal to the League One outfit as a way of gaining the first team experience needed to break into Crystal Palace’s Premier League team.
He is yet to make a professional appearance for the London side but will be hoping that his loan experience can propel him forward towards that goal.
A product of the Crystal Palace youth academy, the midfielder spent a period of last season on loan at League Two side Cambridge United where he made a number of appearances, scoring five league goals.
He managed to find the net in his game against Shrewsbury last season, whilst his new team-mates will be hoping he can do the same thing for them this time out.
The winger has now moved up the loan ranks and is preparing for life in League One as he looks to test himself in the third-tier of English football. And the winger is raring to go in his new footballing venture.
Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “I’m very excited – it’s a chapter that I’m looking forward to a lot.
“I don’t know too much about Shrewsbury but I’ll get to know a few of the lads staying at the hotel I’m staying at so I’ll get to know the faces.
“After talking to the manager – they kind of sold it to me.
“He will let me express myself, which is key for a player like me so I’m looking forward to it.
“It was a good first training session [on Thursday] – I really enjoyed the intensity, and the lads are good, they made me feel welcome, which is good.”
The youngster will be hoping to make his mark on the League One side and catch the eye of the Crystal Palace coaching team as he looks to further develop his career.
However, his first task will be to impress his new manager.
Shrewsbury boss Nicky Mellon added: “I’m delighted to get young Kaikai in. He has all the qualities we want to bring to the group – pace, power, ability and goalscoring threat and a desire to well and keep progressing.
“We hope he’ll excite the fans – he’s pacy, full of energy and he’ll score goals, he wants to get better.”
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