MEL­LON SEEKS A BOOST AF­TER

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Adam Di­a­mond

SHREWS­BURY Town man­ager Micky Mel­lon ad­mits he is still un­able to shake off the dis­ap­point­ment of last week­end’s de­feat to Ch­ester­field as he takes his side to Cardiff City to­day.

The Shrews were ham­mered 7-1 by the Spire­ites in a calami­tous dis­play and they have laid on free trans­port for trav­el­ling sup­port­ers this week­end by way of an apol­ogy.

It’s cer­tainly been a busy week at Green­hous Meadow in the af­ter­math of the Ch­ester­field de­ba­cle, with Mel­lon clear­ing the decks – and bring­ing in re­in­force­ments.

Top scorer James Collins, 25, has gone to Northamp­ton, while fel­low striker Ty­rone Bar­nett, 30, has joined Southend United, both on loan un­til the end of the sea­son. Cap­tain Liam Lawrence, 34, has moved to Bris­tol Rovers and de­fender Mark El­lis, 27 has left for Carlisle United.

On the in­com­ing side, Mel­lon has brought in two strik­ers in the shape of Peter­bor­ough’s Kyle Vas­sell, 22, on loan for the rest of the sea­son, and Andy Man­gan, 29, who has re­turned to Shrews­bury on an 18-month con­tract af­ter leav­ing for Tran­mere in the sum­mer.

He’s also snapped up vastly ex­pe­ri­enced mid­fielder Richie Wel­lens, 35, af­ter his re­lease by Don­caster and Ful­ham de­fender Jack Grim­mer, 21, on loan for the rest of the cam­paign, while ex­tend­ing the loan stay of

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