Norwich City keeping a close watch on Ben Godfrey’s progress, says Shrewsbury boss
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Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst has revealed how closely Norwich City are keeping watch on loan star Ben Godfrey.
The 19-year-old’s spell at the League One club was due to end in January but has been extended to the end of the season.
Godfrey is one of three City players on loan at Shrewsbury – Ebou Adams and striker Carlton Morris are also at the New meadow.
Hurst says City have been keeping close tabs on all three and believes they are happy with the progress Godfrey has made.
“In fairness to Norwich I think they’ve had someone at every game,” Hurst told his club’s official website.
“Various people watch their games and really do keep an eye on them.
“I think sometimes players can be sent on loan and on occasion that can be the end of the line. That is certainly not the case with these lads and they’ve kept a close eye on him.
“They’ve been delighted with his progress.
“They’ve been here and seen him train a few times, seen the set-up, so they are pleased to send their players here.”
Godfrey has played a leading role in Shrewsbury’s success this season, making 24 appearances in all competitions.
“We’ve extended his loan until the end of the season, which we are delighted about,” added the Shrewsbury boss.
“I spoke to Ben a couple of weeks ago and he wanted to stay. Neil Adams (Norwich’s loans manager) then came over a couple of weeks ago and I had a chat with him and thankfully we have managed to get it all agreed.
“He came back into the team against Wigan and did well and he’s had a very good season so far and will be looking to build on that.
“He’s fitted in really well.
“I spoke recently about him perhaps just having a slight dip, but you have to remember that he’s still only 19 years of age and I think the little rest has done him good.
“He came back and looked very strong, powerful and athletic, some of the real assets he possesses, and he used them really well against Wigan.”
Godfrey signed a new four year deal at Carrow Road in August and has so far made six senior appearances for his parent club.