No Shrews deal for Hodge

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Shrewsbury manager Paul Simpson will not be taking his interest in trialist Nathan Hodge any further.

The Ludlow Town striker, 20, featured in last week`s 2-1 reserve-team defeat to Walsall and, having trained with Shrews since, made another appearance for the second string in Wednesday night`s 1-1 draw against Port Vale, scoring Shrews` opening goal.

But despite having impressed in both games and scoring against the Valiants, Simpson told the club`s official website: "He did well and showed a great attitude but at present I don`t think he will improve on what we`ve got."

He added: "We won`t be taking it any further at present and we thank Nathan. We wish him well for the future and will be keeping an eye on his development.

"He`s 20-years-old which is a little older than we were originally led to believe, it`s only a couple of years difference but that can make a lot of difference in football."

Meanwhile, Town suffered further injury woe during the 1-1 draw as midfielder Craig Disley had to be stretchered from the field with another knee injury. He is now being examined by the club`s medical staff to assess the extent of the damage.

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