Shrewsbury Town have completed the signing of Crewe Alexandra midfielder Brad Walker for an undisclosed fee on an initial 18-month deal. He has also been loaned out to Wrexham for the rest of the season due to him being unable to play for the Shrews after a FIFA rule stops him from being involved for the League 1 club after playing for both Crewe and Wrexham’s first teams since the start of July.
Walker, 22, joined the Alex in the summer of 2017 on a 2-year deal and made 33 appearances for the club in all competitions last season but only made the single appearance away to Colchester United in August before joining Wrexham at the end of August under Sam Ricketts, his new manager at Shrewsbury.
What are the Shrews getting with the signing of Walker?
Walker is a defensive midfielder who can also play as a centre-back who we didn’t see at his best at the Alex. He started the season for us playing as a centre-back in a back 3 before filling in at right-back for a couple of games but I don’t remember if he started any games in midfield. After a change of shape which saw the Alex change to a back 4, Brad was the player that was left out and he was used sparingly during the second half of the season.
One question that people will ask is why a player that couldn’t get in a League 2 club would be good enough for a team in the league above. To some degree, they would be right but Ricketts has taken over at Shrewsbury at the start of last month so he obviously sees something in Walker that the Alex staff didn’t.