Shrews snap up Howie

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SHREWSBURY TOWN have bolstered their squad with the signing of out-of-contract goalkeeper Scott Howie.

The commanding shot-stopper was released by Bristol Rovers at the end of last season as their Player of the Year but the West Country club's need to release some of their higher wage earners meant the former Coventry City man had to go.

Shrews boss Jimmy Quinn acted quickly to snap up the ex-Reading man on a two-year contract as Ian Dunbavin is the only recognised goalkeeper on The Shropshire side's books with Mark Cartwright out through injury.

"I've brought in Scott Howie who was at Bristol Rovers and was player of the season for the last two seasons," Quinn told the club's official website.

"His contract was up and he was one of the high wage earners, they decided to let him go.

"We've had a problem on the goalkeeping front for two or three weeks, where Mark Cartwright who had an operation a while back has had pains in his knee.

"He's had to have a scan and will be out for three or four weeks at least.

"This has left us with one fit keeper and one young lad. Ian Dunbavin has had a bit of a thigh strain as well so that was another worry, but I'm really delighted to have got Scott in."