Shrewsbury Town confirm signing of Irish League winger Josh Daniels on two year deal

Shrewsbury Town boss Sam Rickets believes he has signed a player of “huge ability and potential” in flying Irish League winger Josh Daniels.

The Glenavon midfielder had been linked with summer transfer moves to Glentoran and Larne following a number of impressive seasons at Mourneview Park.

It is understood the 24-year-old was close to joining the Glens and he also spoke to Larne, before Shrewsbury made a late swoop for his signature on Friday.

A two-year deal, with the option of a further year, was confirmed by the League One club this afternoon.

Salop boss Ricketts said: “Josh is stepping up from part-time football, but he has a brilliant desire and attitude to want to succeed.

“He has done everything he can to get this opportunity and will now do all he can to make it work.

“He is a fantastic athlete who’s very skilful and he can go past people with his left and right foot.

“He’s got a huge amount of potential and ability, so I’m really looking forward to working with him and easing him into full-time football.”

Daniels, one of the most dangerous wingers in the Irish League, was one game shy of hitting a century of appearances for Glenavon, scoring 16 goals in 99 appearances.

Lurgan Blues boss Gary Hamilton revealed the player’s ambition was always to play in full-time football.

He told the Glenavon website: “Josh’s ambition has always been to go across the water, so much so that when we were negotiating his last contract he wouldn’t sign it unless he had a buy-out clause.

“He’s had a drive in him to get there and to be fair, when we spoke to him in the summer, Josh told me that no matter what he was leaving next season.

“That was due to the fact that he wanted to be a full-time footballer.

“We sat down with the chairman and we said that if something came up we would be better to do something because he’s going to leave next year anyway.

“It was better for us to have players who are going to be here long-term and we can’t provide the full-time facility for him because we don’t have the budget.