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Shrews Duo Barred From Training While Futures Are Sorted
Thursday, 2nd Aug 2018 15:57

Shrewsbury boss John Askey has revealed that Jon Nolan and Toto Nsiala won’t be training with the League One side while their futures are decided, Town having made a rejected bid for the duo earlier in the week which led to them handing in transfer requests. Town manager Paul Hurst, who was in charge at Shrewsbury until joining the Blues, wouldn’t confirm Town’s interest in the pair at his press conference but said he believed they are players capable of stepping up to the Championship.

“Obviously it’s disappointing from our point of view,” Askey told the Shrews official site.

“When you get to this stage of the pre-season it’s not news you want to hear.

“I’m afraid that’s football these days so we have just to get on and the most important thing for me is looking after Shrewsbury Town and getting players who want to play for the football club.

“When you have players who have done well then these sort of things tend to happen. It’s the timing more than anything that you can do without.”

Jon Nolan

Questioned on Town's interest in Nsiala and Nolan, both 26, Hurst wouldn’t confirm the approach: “I don’t really want to comment on other clubs' players, we’ve been linked with various ones, some are right, some are wrong.

“But they are two players that I would say it’s no secret, I spoke well of them last season and they are good players.”

Town are understood to have offered £1.4 million with £650,000 of that fee relating to central defender Nsiala, who has a year left on his contract, with Shrewsbury reported to want £1 million for the DR Congo international. Midfielder Nolan, who is reportedly also interesting Sheffield United, has another two years left on his terms with the Shropshire club.

Hurst believes the pair would be good enough to step up a division - “Yes, I think they would be” - and says the situation regarding new signings could be changed very quickly.

“Honestly, I’m not sure [whether any new additions are close], one phone call could change everything and we could have anything up to four new players in for Saturday, if everything just suddenly went. I don’t believe it will.

“Whether or not we can even get one in for Saturday and then I’ve got a decision to make whether I would include them anyway because it’s so late in the day in terms of preparation for the game.

“It’s like anything, I could sit here and say nothing’s close, but it might be.

"But it’s not in my hands and that’s when it gets frustrating and the word patience that we’ve already used numerous times since I joined the club is something that I’m having to show.”

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Nazemariner added 16:09 - Aug 2
No going back for the pair then......lets hope we can get this done in time for Saturday.

WebbyWebster added 16:09 - Aug 2
I think Monday will be a large day of revealing a couple, these two and maybe Jackson, can't see Tilt happening now

BlueBlood90 added 16:10 - Aug 2
I like the way he says "we could have anything up to four new players in for Saturday" when we've been reported to have made bids for Nsiala, Nolan, Jackson and Tilt this week. Pretty much confirms that all of these are being pursued. I think we'll probably end up signing all 4 before the window closes and the clubs involved are just holding out for as much money as possible. It'll be interesting to see if Waghorn features on Saturday.

itfckal added 16:11 - Aug 2
Paul Hurst, I have a feeling he will take us to the premiership within 5 years.

OwainG1992 added 16:23 - Aug 2
I hope for their sakes they get this move. Because this could be very bad for them if they end up stuck there.

cromwellblue added 16:42 - Aug 2
Good to see PH remaining tight lipped about everything. While we are all keen to know what is going on I prefer the Ipswich way of conducting business in private.

Shrewsbury, Sheff Utd & Peterborough could learn something since they seem to conduct all there business in the media

Clearly Mr Askey is trying to force us to make big offers. Plenty of egg on face coming if we walk away.

ianmarshall10 added 16:48 - Aug 2
Everything positive at the moment it’s a new era I’m really looking forward to seasons starting and think we have a gem with P.H like what he’s trying to do also the way his been saying no ones guaranteed a starting place you have to earn it...
I’m getting a bit worried with the lack of depth we need these new signings and it’s down to M.E now to cough up the money and get these deals done Tilt looked a cracking player we put a bid in for 700,000 they want a mil and now it looks like we might be priced out of these two Shrewsbury lads. For a supporter of the club Mr Evans and a well off bloke show some ambition get your wallet out get the deals done.

spanishblue added 17:00 - Aug 2
As they're not training any chance they are in Town signing up there contracts,maybe Tilts has picked them up on the way down,anybody seen Milne he's conspicuously quiet by his absence

mathiemagic added 17:01 - Aug 2
PH obviously wants them. ME has made an offer which he is shrewd enough to know would be rejected immediately. He should now be on the phone and agreeing the deal. I suspect somewhere in the region of 2 milllion for the pair including add-ons should seal the deal.

1RWR added 17:46 - Aug 2
If it these two players........and if it's PH who is after them............I have to admire the two players for sticking their necks out & putting in transfer requests.
Says a lot about PH as a manager & the willing to play for him.
Interesting times ahead! I, for one, love it!

pennblue added 19:26 - Aug 2
If ME really wants to give PH a good shot, he has to back him.

JewellintheTown added 07:16 - Aug 3
Sounds like the Shrews pair have been put on the naughty step.

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