Is Luke Rodgers really what Shrewsbury require?

In 2005 Luke Rodgers left Shrewsbury Town to join Crewe Alexandra following a wonderful 6 year period playing for Shrewsbury Town.

He helped us achieve promotion from the conference before he left and was considered a real talismanic figure at the club. Since he departed Rodgers had played for a string of other clubs, most notably partnering Thierry Henry at New York Red Bulls last season where he achieved some great success.

Rodgers made himself a real fan favourite at the club but was forced to leave due to visa issues at the end of last season. He then found his way back to England via Lillestrom to cash strapped Portsmouth, after scoring 2 goals in 9 games for the south coast club it appears he has fell out of favour and is on his way out.

Rumours have been floating around both the Shrewsbury and Portsmouth messageboards that Rodgers is set to make a grand return to Shropshire and hopefully kick start our struggling campaign. If Rodgers does in fact sign the question ultimately is can he get us the goals we need to stay in this division.

For me he would be a fantastic signing. A proven goalscorer at this level and one with the experience that he has is what we have been crying out for all season. He is also renowned for his no holds barred attitude on the pitch and as I have pointed out in my recent posts, Shrewsbury lack any player who is vocal whatsoever. Hopefully Rodgers can give the players the proverbial kick up the back side they so desperately need.

Michael Hektor was sent back to Reading this week after his poor loan spell with us despite us only having 3 centre-backs in the squad, this begs the question: has Turner cleared him out to make sure we have room in our squad for another loanee? I hope so. We travel to Leyton Orient this Saturday and the O’s currently sit one position above us in the league by two points. We will be in desperate need of our first win in 5 games on Saturday and Rodgers may well be what we need to inspire that.

Rodgers posted a tweet today thanking Portsmouth and their fans for his time and the club so he is clearly heading for the exits, now it’s just a matter of waiting around and seeing if it us he comes to. If so it will be fantastic to see Rodgers back in the Blue and Amber shirt and hopefully in time for Leyton Orient away this Saturday.

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