Despite speculation that the 6'4" striker was about to break into the first team, Tom Eaves has been loaned to League One side Shrewsbury Town. The term is for one month, but presumably will be extended if Eaves impresses. The young striker has long been touted a one of the most promising members of Bolton's reserves. He's been hanging around the first team for a while now, but with Bolton's wealth of strikers at the moment, a loan move makes sense. The move was announced on BWFC's official Twitter account this morning.
Tom Eaves has joined League One side Shrewsbury Town on an initial one month loan. #BWFC— Official BWFC (@OfficialBWFC) February 21, 2013
Shrewsbury Town are currently 18th in League One, an achievement that is quite good when measured against the club's recent history. They were promoted out of League Two last season, under the hand of Graham Turner, after 15 years in England's fourth division, which included a spell outside the Football League.
Graham Turner had this to say on Eaves,
Tom is a player who we've been trying to get into the club for a while now and it's great news that Bolton have finally allowed him join us. The deal was agreed yesterday and Tom had options at a number of other sides, including ones higher up in our league, but Bolton and their director of football Lennie Lawrence thought the best option was for him to come here.
Tom Eaves still has not made any full appearances for Bolton, but recently extended his contract with the club. The tall front man has already been loaned out this season, scoring 7 goals in 15 games for Bristol Rovers. The Pirates wanted Eaves back, but Dougie declined he option, which appeared to imply that Eaves was wanted around the Reebok. Hopefully Eaves can put in more good work at New Meadow stadium.