Louis Thompson joins Shrewsbury Town on loan
PUBLISHED: 12:30 16 August 2019 | UPDATED: 14:12 16 August 2019
Norwich City midfielder Louis Thompson has sealed a season long loan move to League One club Shrewsbury Town.
The Welshman will bid to get regular game time at the Shrews after recovering from the latest hamstring injury that curtailed his bid to be part of Daniel Farke's plans for the Premier League kick-off.
Thompson limped out of the opening pre-season friendly against Arminia Bielefeld after starting that game in a right back role.
The 24-year-old had looked to be finally over a catalogue of injuries that saw him play a limited role in the club's Championship promotion push before his setback in Germany.
Thompson has suffered two serious Achilles injuries during his time at Carrow Road and then injured his shoulder in a freak incident against Aston Villa last season. A further injury on development duty ruled him out of the club's title run-in, although he was fit to be part of a Welsh training squad at the start of the summer.
City have forged strong links with the Shropshire club. Both Carlton Morris and Ben Godfrey spent time with Shrewsbury.
Shrewsbury have picked up three points from their opening two league games.
"I'm absolutely happy to be here," said Louis. "I'm delighted to get it all done. I'm looking forward to getting started now meeting all the boys and hopefully playing on Saturday.
"I played with Sam Ricketts at Swindon, he's been messaging me in the summer and we've spoken a lot. It's been something we've both been keen to get done and it's over the line now and I'm ready to kick on.
"He's shown interest from early on in my career and it's always nice to know and reassuring to know that the manager cares about you and that there's a place for you, I'm coming here now to be successful and win games.
"There's a lot of the season still to go games come thick and fast so I'm looking forward to getting started and enjoying my time here.
"Norwich have always been good to me over the years and they were keen to get me some football so it's nice to come to an agreement between the two clubs."
Thompson said Godfrey and Morris had spoken fondly of their time at Shrewsbury, which played a deciding factor in his decision.
He said: "They both spoke very fondly, they both enjoyed a fantastic season here, let's hope I can emulate that as well.
"They've been telling me where to go and where they lived and all the bits like that, I'm in regular contact with them both and they have only ever spoke positively of the place.
"You only have to look at that season and seasons gone by, players have come here and enjoyed great success so it's always an attractive club to come to."
"I played a lot of football early doors in my career then struggled a bit with injuries, I was in and out a bit with Norwich, now I'm just looking to get settled and enjoy football again.
"I'm a player that can contribute at both ends of the pitch, I can defend and I like to go forward and attack, I'm happy to do whatever the manager sees fit for me but I'm just looking forward to putting the shirt on and getting out there on Saturday.
"I give 100pc every single game that's something I'm proud of and hopefully the fans can be as well."
Thompson also has a wealth of international pedigree with Wales.
"I've played in the U21s and U19s," he added. "I was also training with the Wales squad over the summer that's been a great experience and hopefully playing some more games here can only propel me in that."