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Town Targeting Former Shrew Rodman
Thursday, 28th Jun 2018 22:12

TWTD understands the Blues are keen to sign former Shrewsbury winger Alex Rodman on a free transfer.

As previously reported, Rodman, 31, a key man in new Blues manager Paul Hurst’s Shrews side, turned down a new contract with the Shropshire club earlier in the week.

Sutton Coldfield-born Rodman was a schoolboy with Aston Villa, Wolves, Arden Forest and Coleshill Town but gave up football for a three-year spell from the age of 15 to concentrate on golf before joining Leamington, where he made his first senior appearances.

Stints with Grantham Town, Lincoln United, Gainsborough Trinity, Nuneaton Borough, Tamworth, Aldershot - during which time he overcame a pulmonary embolism which came close to killing him - and York City (loan) followed before Hurst signed him for Grimsby in 2013.

After one season at Blundell Park, England C cap Rodman opted to move on to Gateshead - after reported interest from Hibernian - before moving to Newport County in 2015.

A year later he joined to Notts County before Hurst took him to Shrewsbury in January 2017. Rodman made 64 starts and 11 sub appearances for the Shrews, scoring 10 goals.

In addition to his 11-a-side career, Rodman, who has a degree in Business Studies from Nottingham Trent and is studying a Masters in Sports Directorship at Manchester Metropolitan University, won five caps at futsal in 2006/07.

Blues boss Hurst said at his first press conference that he felt the squad he is inheriting was "slightly unbalanced” and lacking in wingers in particular.

Earlier today, he recruited one wideman, Jordan Roberts, on a free transfer following his Crawley exit at the end of last season.

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DJpatrovers1 added 22:15 - Jun 28
Let’s get this done and go and get a CB, I’m liking the efficiency here’s get the squad gelled early & let’s see what we can do come August - in hurt we trust!
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Fat_Boy_Tim added 22:16 - Jun 28
Things are moving fast, good to see us making signings this early in the year! No idea how good he is but I have a little faith in PH. :)
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algarvefan added 22:19 - Jun 28
Wingers.............oooohhhh I remember them!
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boroughblue added 22:20 - Jun 28
Hurst and Rodman will know each other well, they'll know what to expect from each other. I'm loving how hurst is doing his business. In Hurst I trust!!!
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Jimmy86 added 22:23 - Jun 28
Hope this doesn't mean the end of McKay. McKay is versatile and could play winger, attacking mid or up front
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JimmyJooJarJee added 22:32 - Jun 28
Unproven at Championship level 31-year-old freebie. I'd prefer McKay at eight years his junior and proven.
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OwainG1992 added 22:35 - Jun 28
To be honest I'm just glad we are being linked with so many players.
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12th_Man added 22:40 - Jun 28
Too old move on.
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armchaircritic59 added 22:41 - Jun 28
Yes algarvefan, i remember the days of wingers too, right back to the likes of the "deep lying" Leadbetter & Stephenson". Oddly, one i can particularly remember (not one of the bigger names), was Joe Broadfoot. Solid and sort of stocky/muscley, with an " interesting" running style. Didn't look like a winger, but could tear down the touchline like his arse was on fire!

These days i have to say, i prefer three at the back with wing backs, i think it gives you more options. However, if PH recruits a couple of flyers with end product, i'll not complain!
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agentp added 22:47 - Jun 28
12th man Too late me thinks :/
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Marcus added 23:41 - Jun 28
A rather interesting and patchy career but that could mean that he is ready for a couple of seasons at Championship level as the crown of his achievements. If PH thinks he's potentially a strong Championship player then why not give him a try?
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Knightsy added 06:43 - Jun 29
More Clubs than Marcus Bent 😀, Another David Currie I'm thinking, hope I'm wrong though.
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itfcserbia added 07:04 - Jun 29
Jimmy86 - totally agree, nothing against Rodman but McKay by far the best player we've been linked with so far.
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PortmanTerrorist added 07:35 - Jun 29
Jimmy86 - also agree, and whilst nothing against Rodman, McKay must be the best player. But guess what....he will cost us esp in wages.
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busterjames1 added 07:38 - Jun 29
David Currie was awesome and he never made it till late on same as Garry Roberts now 34 at Wigan.Talking wingers what about Jimmy Robertson and Micky Lambert back in the day
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Karlosfandangal added 07:44 - Jun 29
Still got the Webster money to spend.

loans and freebies....... lets hope they are gems for the club as we need players to push the team up this tough league and not just making up the numbers, don't know much about them but what I have read I would prefer McKay so we must have faith in Hurst

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TractorRoyNo1 added 07:45 - Jun 29
If you fill your team with 3 tier players guess what league you will end up in
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BlueBoots added 07:56 - Jun 29
http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11761/11268684/alex-rodman-interview-shre

By the sound of this interview, if Paul Hurst wants him here, he won't be going anywhere else...welcome aboard, Alex :^D
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BlueandTruesince82 added 08:13 - Jun 29
From the interview I like the lad. Intelligent too which goes a long away. A football brain is great but an actual brain is just a useful.

EDP says the Mckay enquiry is "firm" (or similar) so maybe we will get both?

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meekreech added 08:25 - Jun 29
How hypocritical are the majority of our so called fans ? When mick signed loans , freebies , lower league and former players he was being abused for it ! The current manager is doing the same but is being praised for it ! At least most of the ones mick signed had played in the higher leagues and were known to be capable. We will be overloaded with too many old friends from the lower leagues and find the route to relegation a lot easier ! So far the signings made and players linked have been totally underwhelming and to my mind the position of 3 rd favourites for relegation is extremely generous!
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juniorblue added 08:45 - Jun 29
I am impressed with how quickly Hurst is doing things his way and putting together his squad. He seems confident and comes across as firm but fair. Exciting times ahead!
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RobbieBobson added 08:48 - Jun 29
Am I the only one getting slightly nervous about our current recruitment strategy here? Granted there are 'hidden gems' in the lower leagues and PH has been hired to find these , but the majority play there as that is the extent of their talent. PH has no idea of the calibre of players required to compete in the Championship and I am concerned that he is filling the team with players that perform at the level PH is used to. I was expecting that we would have been cherry picking the best L1/L2 players paying fees not taking L1/L2 freebees. I would have preferred PH to at least see what he had in house first and see what improvements he could get out of them before making wholesale changes.
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whosroundisitanyway added 09:10 - Jun 29
Knightsy & busterjames
Think you mean Darren Currie?
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budgieplucker added 09:24 - Jun 29
I expect this is pretty much a done deal. This guys story is a compelling advert for Paul Hurst. Who knows a 3 year deal followed by a potential position of sporting director if Mr Hurst is still around.

PH made a significant number of changes to the Shrewsbury squad last summer and molded a very good team in a short period of time. This is what is impressive about him.

Although there has almost been an acknowledgement from PH that he has inherited a capable bunch of footballers and good characters and that there are likely to be only a handful of additions I would be surprised if we don’t see more changes than expected. I think we may be surprised to certain players leave but I think mr Hurst will be ruthless and probably has done a lot of his homework already. This doesn’t necessarily mean that some of the players leaving us might raise some questions or emotions but I sense that PH will be a wheeler dealer and for example if Rotherham are interest in Josh and prepared to pay a small fee to top up his war chest then he may be let go if we believe we have adequate cover.

I predict that with yesterday’s addition of Jordan Roberts and now the ikelihood of Rodman that PH will add four new wingers in total to his squad as he sees this as fundamental with cover to the way he wants to play the game, so I expect interest to still be maintained in Barry McKay.

I expect Grant Ward to be moved on and again Rotherham may be interested as he was their young player of the year the season before he joined us. Grant although having displayed some talented performances has been horribly consistent in his performances of one good game to about every seven or eight. There is I suspect enough talent there to garner interest or use as a swap with perhaps Shrewsbury but I can’t see PH rating him on the scale of desire and hunger and I think that will be a significant measure that PH uses on determining where members of the current squad fits in with his plans. I can also see Danny Rowe being moved on, interestingly his former manager at Macclesfield where he joined us from who rates him has just taken over at Shrewsbury!!!!

Despite playing down his interest in his former Shrewsbury players which is the politically correct thing to do, PH will be going back there to try and get the two in question!!!

Sick notes beware and only the best youngsters will be anywhere near the first team, I think the like of Drinan, Moore and perhaps Folami will need loans to progress. I can see Woolfenden, Downes and Nydam though figuring as regular squad members and being PH types of players.

I think Bart will be given an ultimatum sign the new contract or be sold.

Interesting and exciting times at Portman Road
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PragmaticBlue added 09:56 - Jun 29
Tony Book joined his first league club at the age of 29 and then went in to the top division at 31. Won the League, Cup and ECWC as Captain. Just saying...........

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