Shrewsbury Town Boosted By Attacking Signing

Shrewsbury Town have completed the signing of former West Bromwich Albion attacker Rayhaan Tulloch on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

The West Brom youth star made seven appearances off the bench for the Baggies before being released by the club in February. Although the 23-year-old struggled for minutes at the Hawthorns, Tulloch has had plenty of EFL experience enjoying loan spells at Doncaster Rovers, Rochdale and most recently Bradford City.

Speaking to the club, Shrewsbury head coach Paul Hurst commented on the signing before his side’s League One match against Port Vale which ended in an important 2-1 away win. The manager said that the player’s application in training has earned him a contract:

“Rayhaan has been training with us for the past couple of weeks and has shown a good attitude and a good work ethic.

“He’s earned an opportunity until the end of the season.

The former Grimsby Town boss believes that Tulloch’s arrival has bolstered the Shropshire-based team’s attacking depth ahead of the final stretch of the League One campaign.

“Looking at the squad, if we were to get injuries at the top end of the pitch then it would leave us a little bit light, so I think this works for all parties.

“Rayhaan is versatile, he can play either side or down the middle. It probably would be with a strike partner if it was down the middle.

“He gives us options and I don’t think we’ve got vast options up there,” he continued.

“The biggest thing is it’s an opportunity – Rayhaan has now got to grab that and force his way in to get some minutes and help us in these last 10 games of the season.”

Tulloch was named on the Shrewsbury Town bench for the match against his former manager Darren Moore’s side, whom he previously played under during his spell at Doncaster, although he didn’t make his debut.

Writer’s View

Having watched his side fail to score in their previous two league matches, Hurst’s decision to search externally for a source of creativity is no major shock. Shrewsbury Town are League One’s lowest scorers and need some extra firepower. The head coach will be hoping that the attacker’s arrival can help propel the side up the table, away from the division’s drop zone.

For Tulloch, a player who has been starved of a consistent run in the EFL throughout his career so far, this move could be a brilliant opportunity to showcase his ability with a clear goal of securing an EFL contract to aim for this summer.

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