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Humphrys heads to Shrewsbury

Fulham striker Stephen Humphrys has signed a new deal at Craven Cottage – but will spend the rest of this season on loan at Shrewsbury.

The 19-year-old’s contract with the Whites now runs until the summer of 2019, with an option to extend by a further year. Humphrys, who scored 25 goals for the club’s youth team in 2015/2016, made his senior debut as a substitute in the 2-2 draw with Derby County in December.

“I’m buzzing,” Humphrys told Fulham’s official website. “It’s a big achievement for me, and my family as well. I’ve come a long way since I first came down to Fulham at 15 years-old, and it’s where I see my future as the club’s definitely going places.

“Making my debut was a very proud moment. It’s something that I’ve worked towards for a long time. My mum and dad were watching in the stands, so it was a big day for me. I’ve been with Shrewsbury for the last few days now training. The club has been really welcoming, and hopefully I can get some goals and help them get out of the sticky spell they’re having at the minute.

“It will be good to get some League One experience, some proper men’s football, and then hopefully I’ll be ready to come back and score some goals for Fulham.

Humphrys set for Shrews loan

Shrewsbury Town are believed to be closing in on the loan signing of 19-year-old Fulham striker Stephen Humphrys.

Paul Hirst is nearing his sixth January signing with the young Fulham forward having watched yesterday’s 1-0 win over Oldham. The tall forward began his career at Bury and remains highly rated at Craven Cottage, having starred for Fulham’s youth team sides and scored regularly for the first team during pre-season.

Shrewsbury sign Grimmer and Cole

Shrewsbury Town have raided Fulham for the return of Jack Grimmer and the extension of Larnell Cole’s loan.

Right back Grimmer, 21, has returned to Town after signing on loan from Fulham until the end of the season.

The Scottish right-back played six games for Town early last season and impressed.

After returning to Fulham, he picked up an injury and has only played once since, in a Capital One Cup tie at Wycombe in August.

Boss Micky Mellon said: “I keep stressing the need to get League One-ready players and Jack is a Championship player with pace, power and no end of ability.

“He’s well known to the fans and I’m sure they’ll be happy to see Jack coming in. We need to get that type of player in.

“The opportunity to get in Jack in is one we’ve worked hard on to make happen and we’re grateful to to get Jack and Larnell from Fulham.”

Mellon has identified the need for more pace throughout his team and sees Grimmer fitting the bill.

The Town boss said: “I want my full backs to get forward and quickly go and support the wide players. Jack has all the attributes to do that but he’s also a very good player who can play a number of positions.

“He’s full of power and pace and we’ve seen the importance of that in this division – to make any impact it’s a must. We need to get as much of that in the team as possible.

“It will give us an exciting team that plays with the power and pace needed to get positive results.”

Grimmer is eligible for Sunday’s FA Cup third round tie at Cardiff. Mellon is also delighted to have secured Cole for the rest of the campaign after the youngster impressed in his 19 games, scoring twice.

The Town chief said: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to keep him until the end of the season and I’m sure everyone will be pleased about that.

Cole makes loan move to Shrewsbury

Fulham midfielder Larnell Cole has joined Shrewsbury Town on a four month loan deal this afternoon.

The 22 year-old has struggled to hold down a first-team place since joining the Whites from Manchester United in a deadline day deal together with Ryan Tunnicliffe in January 2014. Cole made his Fulham debut at Old Trafford as a substitute against his old club in a thrilling 2-2 draw, but that remains his sole appearance for the senior side. Deemed surplus to requirements by Felix Magath, Cole has had a loan spell with MK Dons and endured a frustrating period on the sidelines.

The winger joins a Shrewsbury side who currently sit two places off the bottom of the League One table and, although he is ineligible for tonight’s Football League Trophy tie against Oldham, Cole could make his Shrews debut during Saturday’s trip to Barnsley.

Grimmer goes to Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury have swooped to sign Fulham defender Jack Grimmer on a month’s loan.

Scotland Under-21 international Grimmer also spent a month on loan at Sky Bet League One club Port Vale last season.

“I’m willing to fight for my place and hopefully, given a chance, I will be able to do that,” he said.

“I am not expecting to come here and be a nailed-on certainty to start because that’s not how football works.

“Looking at the fixtures, there are at least two games a week for the next few weeks, so there’s plenty of game time which I’ll hopefully be able to get.

“I spoke to Micky (Mellon, manager) and he is under the impression that I will fit in nicely to the way he wants to play.

“I know a few of the players from previous clubs and I played against Shrewsbury last season when I was on loan at Port Vale.

“One of my friends, Fraser Fyvie, was on loan here last season so I had a few people I could talk to about the club.

“They all said good things and gave it plenty of compliments so that really was a factor in making it an easy choice to come.”