Halstead blasts Pool as he joins Shrews

Halstead - has joined Shrewsbury

Halstead - has joined Shrewsbury

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Blackpool goalkeeper Mark Halstead has joined League Two club Shrewsbury - with a blast at his old club and the way it is run.

He links up with former Fleetwood Town boss Micky Mellon, who is in charge at the Shrews and with Matt Williams, now chief executive there after his move from Blackpool.

First team opportunities have been limited at Blackpool for Halstead, who came through the youth ranks at Bloomfield Road.

Halstead was released at the end of last season - he has penned a two-year deal at Shrewsbury.

Halstead remarked: “At the end of last season Blackpool decided not to keep me on which was a bit of a shock.

“It’s taken a little time but I’m glad to finally have it all sorted and glad to be at the Shrewsbury.

“It looks to be a brilliantly run club and compared to Blackpool it seems to be much more professional and looks to be a club going places.” he told the Shrewsbury website.

“Obviously relegation (for Shrewsbury) wasn’t ideal but with the way the managers thinking and the philosophy he’s got on the game I fully expect us to be challenging for promotion.

“I know there are already a couple of good young keepers here and I look forward to working with them.”