The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Joshua Richards

SHREWS­BURY boss Micky Mel­lon moved to re­as­sure fans that the club re­mains am­bi­tious, de­spite see­ing more young tal­ents leave.

Highly-rated Ryan Woods, 21, who can play in both de­fence and mid­field, joined Brent­ford on Tues­day for an undis­closed fee, with teenage goal­keeper Harry Lewis also mov­ing on to Premier League Southamp­ton.

Au­gust also saw de­fender Con­nor Gold­son join Brighton, while Josh Gin­nelly was snapped up by Burn­ley.

But while ad­mit­ting he can do lit­tle about those whose heads have been turned, Mel­lon in­sists the Shrews are still look­ing to im­prove.

“We have to un­der­stand where we are in the fu­ture. It makes us no less am­bi­tious,” said Mel­lon. “We just have to ac­cept that if a player wants to go there’s not a great deal we can do about it.

“We have to ac­cept that Shrews­bury is the type of club where we pro­duce tal­ent, but then big­ger clubs come and bat their eye­lids and we can’t keep them.

“With hard work from the staff and the right mind­set, play­ers can thrive. It has been fan­tas­tic to watch their pro­gres­sion over the last 18 months. And we hope there’ll be many more.”

AM­BI­TIOUS: Micky Mel­lon

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