Shrewsbury’s League One status has been secured for another season, but they’re already in danger of losing one of their key players, according to the Shropshire Star.
After reaching the EFL Trophy final last season, as well as the League One play-off final, this campaign has to be written off as a failure. Appointing John Askey to replace Paul Hurst didn’t work and although Sam Ricketts has kept them in League One, there’s a lot of work to do to carry the squad forward next season.
It’s going to be an intense period of rebuilding, with several high-profile players out of contract. Anthony Grant, Mat Sadler and Scott Golbourne are all without terms next season, but perhaps the most worrying is James Bolton.
He’s played 85 times for the Shrews and is reported to be a target for several of League One’s ‘big hitters’, just two years after emerging from the National League. Hurst had seen the defender first hand during his time in the fifth tier and he’s gone on to become a key player for Salop.
He has recently said he’s enjoyed his time with the club and would be happy to stay, but as the offers pour in it might be harder for Ricketts to keep his man.
The Shrews now face a battle to keep him with the vultures circling and, as yet, no new deal on the table to sign.
Bolton is a talented player, he’s been catching the eye in an often dire Shrewsbury side and it’s clear he has a future higher up the Football League.
Making a move to another club in the same division can be a big risk, although it certainly paid off for Sonny Bradley. Bolton could have the same effect for a new club, should he move on in the summer.
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