Eaves extends Shrewsbury loan to end of season

Julian Finney

Speaking just a week ago about his time at Shrewsbury Town, Tom Eaves said:

"I can't see why I wouldn't want to stay, but it's up to Dougie Freedman. But I've had a great time, settled in really well with the lads, and now got a soft spot for the club."

The big, young Bolton Wanderers striker has scored three times in six games for Shrews, who currently sit in 18th place in League One, five points clear of the drop. Eaves, under contract at Bolton Wanderers until 2016 having signed a new deal in late January, has not managed to make a first team appearance for the Trotters yet.

Bolton have been on the lookout for new attacking options in the loan window but Eaves' extension features a 24hr recall clause should they not be able to find anyone and need an extra man.

Shrewsbury are in desperate need of firepower though as they have a current goal difference of -7 and have scored a total of 44 goals in 39 league games. Eaves' extension comes just a day after the club parted ways with Luke Rodgers (of Red Bull New York fame for you MLS fans). Rodgers had begun his career at Shrews, spending six seasons there from 1999 to 2005. He had only managed two goals in 15 Town appearances this season (coming against Notts County and MK Dons) but had managed to go the full 90 minutes only twice this season and had been an unused substitute in the last six games on the bounce.

Tom Eaves' last scored for Shrewsbury Town ten days ago, bagging a brace against MK Dons.

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