Shrews shelve contract talks
Shrewsbury Town have confirmed they have put off talks with their out-of-contract players.
Last Updated: 27/01/09 7:49pm
Shrewsbury Town have confirmed they have put off talks with their out-of-contract players raising fears they could lose some of their top stars.
The League Two promotion hopefuls have announced they will not open talks with any of their players who are coming to the end of their contracts as the Football League ponders introducing new wage regulations for next season.
Shrewsbury have decided to take the measure as they wait to see if the new rules are implemented which would determine what they could spend on wages within their squad.
"We are going to leave it until the end of the season and talk to the players then," Shrews boss Paul Simpson told the Shropshire Star.
The decision means Shrewsbury run the risk of losing some of their best players for nothing in the summer when their deals expires.
The likes of Chris Humphreys, who has been attracting admiring glances from some Premier League clubs and Kelvin Langmead, who has been a long-term target for a host of Championship sides, are coming to the end of their current contracts.
Although Shrewsbury would be entitled to compensation if Humphreys left as he is under the age of 24 the likes of Langmead and captain Ben Davies could depart for nothing.
The news has alerted a number of clubs who been trailing several of Shrewsbury's stars and could now move for them before the close of the transfer window.