Last summer, Bolton Wanderers handed four youngsters professional deals. Of those four players (Jay Lynch, Sanmi Odelusi, Alex McQuade, and Andy Kellett) only Jay Lynch and Sanmi Odelusi have made matchday squads for Bolton and Odelusi is the only one to see first team minutes for the Trotters. Alex McQuade, another one of those youngsters, has not seen any time.
As a result, he is all set to leave Wanderers and has wasted no time in finding a new club. After impressing on trial in two reserve matches, Alex McQuade has officially signed on with Shrewsbury Town, the club that Tom Eaves spent time on loan at.
Shrews confirmed the news on their official website and manager Graham Turner discussed the signing:
"Alex is coming over to sign for us from Bolton on a one year contract. He impressed us in the two reserve matches he's played and we've had him watched on a number of occasions for Bolton's development side.
"He's a player who has got a lot going for him and he's got a lot of potential.
"He's another 20-year-old and he will add to that, almost our development squad, that can work well together, can improve together and be the nucleus of the future for the club.
"He can play left-sided central defender as well. We've obviously got Joe Jacobson who is established at left back and has played really well for us towards the end of the season and responded well to being made skipper.
"But Alex, I'm sure, will put Joe under pressure for that left back spot."
Shrews have finished their season, ending the campaign in 16th place and ensuring another season in League One after fighting a relegation battle for much of the year.