Shrewsbury Town’s new director Micky Moore has said that second-choice goalkeeper Harry Burgoyne will be staying with the club, in an exclusive provided by Ollie Westbury of The Shropshire Star.
The goalkeeper was second choice to Marko Marosi last season and only played two fixtures in the league after his counterpart injured his hand against Burton Albion in a League One fixture last season. Director Micky Moore has just joined the Shrews from Cheltenham Town this past month and has claimed the keeper will be staying at the Meadow with an announcement expected soon.
Burgoyne was even praised by his rival for the number-one spot back in April, with Marosi hailing the Englishman as ‘unbelievable’. Marosi claimed part of his high-level performances for the club were down to his competition always keeping him on his toes.
However, with the news that Burgoyne will be signing an extension with the club, it could signal an upcoming exit in the goalkeeping department too. It was reported earlier this week that first choice Marko Marosi is in demand, with a host of clubs across the EFL interested in the 29-year-old, who has one year remaining on his deal. The club do hold an option for an extra year.
Burgoyne signed for Salop in January 2020, after being made a free agent by Premier League side Wolves in the summer before. Since joining the Shropshire club, the keeper has featured 32 times for the Shrews, conceding 55 goals and keeping five clean sheets. Last season, Burgoyne made five appearances for the club, conceding 10 goals, two of those starts came in the league, while the other three came alongside the youngsters in the EFL Trophy.
Compared to Marosi, the first-choice option, the Slovakian made 44 starts for the club last season in League One and kept 10 clean sheets. Marosi joined the Shrews in 2021, signing from Championship side Coventry City after being recruited by Steve Cotterill during his time in charge which came to an end. It is clear that Marosi holds an advantage over Burgoyne in being favoured for the starting spot between the posts, however, the interest in the number one could provide the Englishman with more chances, as well as new managerial arrival Matt Taylor.
Shrewsbury may find it difficult to hold on to Marosi this summer, with the club having already admitted that they will accept a bid for the Slovakian, should it be right for the club. With a year left on his deal, it may be best to sell if they are unable to secure an extension for him and tying down Burgoyne to a new deal is a smart option.