Reports from far away… and Tamworth

The problem with writing a blog when your team is playing well is that it leaves you very little to write about, so I’ve had to get a bit inventive. Not too inventive, but inventive enough to come up with the idea of providing an update on our players that have been out on loan over the past few months.

The beauty of this idea is a) it gives you all an update on players that may have dropped off your radar a bit, and b) I can get other people to write portions of it for me.:

Dave McAllister

“For my money, he’s been the pick of a number of loanees we’ve had in this season. We’ve had an inconsistent season so far but since coming into the team Dave has been everything we’d been missing in central midfield. Strong, commanding, tough tackling and determined.

His partnership with Dean Parrott has been a revelation and our recent upturn in form is in large part down to their performances. Please can we keep him?”

Mark Hollis – Stevenage Supporters Association

As Dave is now back at Shrewsbury it started to look like Mark wasn’t going to get his wish, but the re-signing of Bobby Grant for the rest of the season plus the positive impact that has been made with Stevenage makes me wonder if there is the chance of a deal being done in the current transfer window.

If not, it’s good to know that he’s still capable of making an impact at this level should we need him.

Callum Burton

“Callum had a very difficult debut behind one of the worst defences in the league with weather conditions that deteriorated as the game progressed. He could have done better with the first goal, but the Telford striker hit the ball firmly and across him into the net. There was also a question mark regarding the third goal, but by then conditions were very tricky. It was a good sign for the lad’s future that he put that game behind him and gave a man of the match performance against Altrincham, pulling off several fine saves and setting up Boro for their first away win of the season.”

John Hobson – Nuneaton Supporters Club

Since this update from John, Callum played a third game for Nuneaton and pretty much single-handedly gained them a point in a 0-0 draw with our near-neighbours up the M54, gaining him a second man-of-the-match award.

I don’t think it will come as a surprise to any fan of the club that Callum gained a lot of praise during his short emergency loan spell, and it’s good to see him continue to get senior games under his belt at higher and higher levels. As soon as he starts referring to himself in the third person he’ll be ready for first team (only joking Jason).

Dom Smith

“In the eleven league games he’s played, our record is won 7 drawn 3 lost 1. I’m aware he’s not the sole reason for this but he’s a seriously good defender and long term he’ll play higher than this division. The longer we can keep him the better in my opinion.”

Pricey2 – Tamworthfans Forum

(I didn’t receive a response from Tamworth Supporters Club, so I hope Pricey2 won’t mind me borrowing his opinion)

As well as impressing in his loan spell, Dom has been away with the Wales Under 19 squad several times, including to tournaments where he captained on at least one occasion.

So there it is, three loanees, three impressive pieces of feedback.I guess sometimes everything comes up smelling of Blue & Amber… let’s hope Sky Sports on Thursday night doesn’t bring with it anything less fragrant!

Keith the Shrew