Shrews clinch keeper deal
Shrewsbury Town have signed keeper Andreas Arestidou, but are resigned to losing Ben Davies.
Last Updated: 30/06/09 4:42pm
Shrewsbury Town have signed goalkeeper Andreas Arestidou, but are resigned to losing Ben Davies.
Arestidou has agreed a one-year contract, with the option of a further 12 months, at Shrewsbury after being released by Blackburn Rovers.
The youngster has impressed Shrews boss Paul Simpson, who is also in the market for a more experienced keeper to challenge regular No.1 Glyn Garner.
Simpson said: "Andreas is an English lad with a Greek father and is a former England youth international.
"He is a goalkeeper who I've seen develop from the age of about 14 through the levels at Blackburn Rovers. He is a good keeper, a good shot-stopper who is a decent size with good distribution.
"With Andreas joining that is a young keeper coming in and I'm still pushing to bring in a first-team keeper to compete with Glyn Garner.
"I have two or three options that I am following to see if I can get a deal done. They are all of equal standard and all are keepers who I think could do a very good job for us at this level."
However, Simpson has revealed that Davies is likely to be leaving the club, with League Two rivals Notts County among the clubs interested in the out-of-contract midfielder.
He added: "I think we have to accept that Ben Davies is going to be moving on from us.
"I've told Ben that I'm now planning without him and that I don't expect him to be coming back to us, but we will have to see what happens over the next few days."