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Leave or remain: The Shrewsbury Town deals are up – but who will stay?

By Lewis Cox | Shrewsbury Town FC | Published:

Sam Ricketts has said he will gauge as and when to step up contract talks with Shrewsbury Town players that see their deals run out at the end of this season.

The Town boss will be assessing how he sees his side looking next season – even though he has the far bigger job of guiding them to League One survival between now and May 4.

So who may stick around next season?

Mat Sadler

Signed: May 2015

Town games: 212 (over two spells)

Likely to stay? No

Reasoning: The fans’ favourite, captain and longest-serving player – if including his 2011-2012 loan – has been frozen out in recent weeks, not featuring since February 9 and is now fourth-choice centre-back. At 34, the defender will feel he has plenty left in his legs and will want to show that. His loyalty should be rewarded.

Shaun Whalley

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Signed: June 2015

Town games: 154

Likely to stay? Yes

Reasoning: There will be interest in winger Whalley, 31, still a very good League One option. He enjoys playing for the club, and could be keen to extend his stay into a fifth season. Ricketts should be working towards that.

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Anthony Grant

Signed: August 2018

Town games: 41

Likely to stay? No

Reasoning: Has a year option on his deal but, having been the subject of interest in January, the 31-year-old may want another move while still a top League One midfielder.

Been one of Town’s best and most consistent performers this term but has dipped recently. Hope he turns it around.

James Bolton

Signed: July 2017

Town games: 79

Likely to stay? Yes

Reasoning: Like Whalley, solid defender Bolton is a local player Town should look at tying down. Would do a solid job in either division and dependable during his time in blue and amber.

Scott Golbourne

Signed: January 2019

Town games: 8

Likely to stay? Maybe

Reasoning: Former team-mate of Ricketts, it did seem like a stop-gap move until the summer but Golbourne, 31, has featured pretty heavily and Ricketts values his experience. May be good for squad next term.

Lenell John-Lewis

Signed: May 2017

Town games: 70

Likely to stay? No

Reasoning: The 29-year-old has started just 14 of his 70 appearances and saw this season cruelly end with a horrific knee injury against Stoke in January. Could be out until 2020. Town will support his rehab.

Reice Charles-Cook

Signed: January 2019

Town games: 0

Likely to stay? No

Reasoning: Brought in on a free as cover when Joel Coleman went back to Huddersfield. Unlikely to hang around.

Doug Loft

Signed: July 2018

Town games: 5

Likely to stay? No

Reasoning: John Askey got Loft in early last summer. Immediately obvious he’d play no part. On loan at Dagenham.

Ryan Sears

Signed: Academy graduate

Town games: 7

Likely to stay? Yes

Reasoning: A shining light. The new Wales under-21 international could have a big future and has done enough to earn a new deal.

The other youngsters

Christos Shelis, George Hughes and John McAtee have had no sign of a first-team future and are not expected to stay beyond the summer.

Attacker Ryan Barnett, on loan at AFC Telford, has impressed and is likely to stay.

Lewis Cox

By Lewis Cox
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @lewiscox_star

Sports reporter with the Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Covering Shrewsbury Town and with a keen eye for non-league and grassroots.

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