In Profile: Shrewsbury Town loanee Matthew Pennington

Shrewsbury Town signalled their intent with the capture of Matthew Pennington. We profile the defender.

Steve Cotterill followed up the capture of Harry Chapman
from Blackburn with the signing of Matthew Pennington.

The 26-year-old Warrington born defender has been on the
books at Everton for 15 years. He made his debut against Barnsley in the League
Cup in 2015 – and followed that up with seven Premier League appearances;
scoring his only goal for the Toffees during a 3-1 defeat against Merseyside
rivals Liverpool in April 2017.

Pennington has had several loan spells away from Goodison
Park. His first taste of league football arrived at Tranmere where he made his
debut against Wolves. His first goal came during a 1-0 win over Crewe in
January 2014. He was briefly recalled by Everton but returned to Prenton Park
in March and would go on to feature 17 times.

Pennington impressed at Coventry and was subsequently named
Young Player of the Year for the 2014/15 campaign. He spent a brief period at
Walsall but was recalled after 28 days due to an crisis at his parent club.

Pennington joined Leeds on loan for a reported fee of
£500,000. But his debut against Bolton was ended prematurely owing to an ankle
injury. After featuring 24 times for Leeds, he returned to Everton to feature
during the 2018/19 pre-season and signed a new deal which ends this summer.

The 6ft 1 defender was loaned to Ipswich in August 2018. He
scored his first goal during a 2-2 draw against Birmingham, but was also sent
off in the same match. His final loan prior to Shrewsbury was with Hull where
he played 16 times.

Pennington’s only international experience came with England
U19’s in March 2013 – where he played the final 20 minutes in a victory against
Turkey.

With tomorrow’s clash against Crewe postponed due to a
coronavirus outbreak, Pennington may have to wait until Town visit Southampton
in the FA Cup next weekend to make his debut.

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