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Development Duo Double Deal


09:56 30th January 2013

New contracts for rising stars.

Jack Price and Michael Ihiewke, two highly-rated members of the development squad, have each been rewarded with a one-year extension to their contracts. 

The pair have been regulars in the club’s under 21 side this season with Ihiewke taking part in 12 of the 14 League games played and Price 11.

Both of their futures are now secured until the summer of 2014.

Development coach Steve Weaver said: “I’m pleased for them both. They have had a really good season but the important thing for them now is to conquer the next stage of their careers.

“Senior football is the next stage for them whether it be with us or elsewhere on loan. But they just need to push on.”

Weaver explained that the coaching staff were taking a close look at Price’s midfield role to decide which was his best position .

He said: “We have been looking at him on the right hand side and the left – just behind the striker. I think he will be best suited to an attacking role on the right – not as an out and out winger but more as a modern day wide player.  

“He can find holes in opposition midfields and he can create chances for us. But we will be looking closely at what suits him best between now and the end of the season. 

“As for Michael, he has had a solid season so far. He is captain of the side and is dependable. 

“He has always been a tall lad but now he is filling into his shape as is Jack. The pair of them now have the opportunity to make a great career for each other and if they carry on showing the determination that they have been doing, then there is no reason why they can’t.”

Understandably, both players are delighted with their new contracts. 

Shropshire lad Price, who was born and still lives in Shrewsbury, said: “I think that I’ve been doing alright for the reserves although I wouldn’t mind going out on loan and getting some first team experience. But being offered a new deal with the club was a tremendous feeling.”

His sentiments were echoed by Liverpudlian Ihiekwe who said: “It’s something that I’ve been working for all year so I’m really happy. 

“The under 21s League is a tough one, harder than last season and I think that we did really well to get through to the Elite stage of the competition.

“Obviously my target now is to push on and hopefully start to get involved with the first team. In the last couple of years the likes of Dave Davis and Fordey have broken through which proves that it can be done.

“It’s up to me to keep working hard  and if the chance comes along, to take it and make the most of it.”

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