Former Shrewsbury Town favourite hails the return of Marc Pugh

Former Shrewsbury Town striker Dave Hibbert has hailed the signing of his ex-teammate Marc Pugh – describing his return as a ‘real coup.’

The
33-year-old re-joined Town on Monday after departing for Hereford 11 years ago.
In doing so, he links up with his ex-Premier League teammate Charlie Daniels.

Pugh
initially joined Shrewsbury from Bury in May 2007 for a compensation fee. Then
boss Gary Peters admitted he tried to sign the ex-Burnley man earlier in that
year during a deal which saw striker Glynn Hurst transfer to the Shakers.

The Bacup
born midfielder made his first Town debut during a 4-0 success over Lincoln
City; providing the ammunition for Andy Cooke to net the third goal.

After issues
with acute tendinitis, Pugh returned to score his first goal during the
dismantling of Dagenham. He would go on to make 46 appearances during his first
spell – scoring on four occasions.

He was
deemed surplus to requirements by Paul Simpson and was shipped out on loan to
Hereford prior to his eventual release in June 2009.

But Pugh
would go on to carve a successful career, which includes 67 games in the
Premier League, and 137 in the Championship.

And former
Shrewsbury striker Dave Hibbert, who made over a century of appearances for the
club, believes that the return of Marc Pugh is a shrewd piece of business.

He told
Shropshire Live: “I think’s it’s a great signing for the club. He will bring a
wealth of experience and undoubted quality.

“It’s a real
coup to get Marc and is a signal of intent as I am sure that there was plenty
of interest in him.

“He’ll bring
a real (level of) professionalism to the group first and foremost. He’s still
in unbelievable shape and has been training with Bournemouth; so, should be
able to hit the ground running.

“He has
great quality from wide areas, has great feet, and certainly has an eye for
goal. He’s a player who I’m sure the Shrewsbury fans are glad to have back.

“It’s huge
for the younger players to have someone with his experience around. Being the
type of lad he is, he will help the young players no end; give them good advice
and I’m sure they will pick up on how professional he is and how hard he
works.”

The former
Preston striker joined Town around the same time as Pugh, and said it was a joy
to feature alongside him.

He added:
“You always knew that he was going to deliver great quality and I’m sure the
current strikers will thrive on his delivery. As a character he is hard
working, very humble, and everything that Shrewsbury fans expect to see in a
player.

“His
delivery was always fantastic from out wide and would get the fans off their
seats with his excellent footwork.

“He looked
to come off the line and combine with the forwards and I was gutted when he
left. Hopefully, the current strikers will enjoy playing with him as much as I
did, and can hopefully play his part in helping to propel the team into a
higher league position which I am sure he will.”

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