Esson reveals Scottish offers

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Goalkeeper Ryan Esson has revealed that he received offers to stay in the Scottish Premier League before opting to sign for Shrewsbury.

The 26-year-old transferred to Gay Meadow last week after seeing out his contract at Aberdeen.

He only made 19 appearances for The Dons last term and it had appeared to be a relatively easy decision to head south of the border.

However, Esson has now explained that he turned down the offer of a new deal with Aberdeen.

There was also interest from SPL outfit Dunfermline, but the shot-stopper is eager to challenge himself in England.

"I had a month on loan at Rotherham a few years back but didn't really play so I am looking forward to testing myself in England," he told the Shropshire Star.

"There was an offer on the table to stay at Aberdeen and it was a big decision to leave because I had been with the club a long time.

"But I had not been in the team for the last few months and I need to be playing games."

Following Joe Hart's move to Manchester City, Esson will vie for the number one spot at Shrewsbury with Chris McKenzie.