Despite registering his first goal for Blackburn Rovers on the final day against Brentford, Danny Guthrie’s strike was not enough to keep the Lancashire club in the division as wins for Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest consigned them to Championship relegation.
Guthrie looks unlikely to line up for Blackburn in League One next season, and the former Newcastle United man will be on the lookout for a new club this summer.
At only 30 years old, Guthrie still has much to offer.
If a deal in the Championship or in the upper reaches of the third tier does not materialise, then the player should strongly consider a move home, and a transfer to his birth town of Shrewsbury.
The Shrews narrowly avoided the drop in League One this season, and the Shropshire side will look to build a squad capable of avoiding another relegation dogfight next year.
Manager Paul Hurst will bring a lot of new faces into the New Meadow this offseason, and a short term deal for Guthrie should be at the top of his to do list.
Guthrie undoubtedly has the ability to play at the top of League One, and with careful manoeuvring this summer, there is no reason why Shrewsbury cannot challenge for a top half finish.
A year back in Shropshire would be an excellent move for Guthrie to potentially earn himself a deal with a Championship club, or to even fire his birth town to the lofty heights of the second tier.
Fleetwood Town defied the odds this year by earning a play-off spot, and if Hurst invests well this summer, then Shrewsbury could be the latest team to raise eyebrows in the Sky Bet League One promotion race.
The addition of Danny Guthrie could be the perfect start to this ambitious project.