‘He knows I’m available’: Ryan Shotton open to Tony Pulis reunion with Owls
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‘He knows I’m available’: Ryan Shotton open to Tony Pulis reunion with Owls

Ryan Shotton says he can still play at Championship level while suggesting he is open to reuniting with Tony Pulis at Sheffield Wednesday, Stoke Sentinel report.

The 32-year-old is currently at local club Leek after his release from Middlesbrough.

Shotton signed up to play some games and seemingly tick over with fitness until January.

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The versatile defender came through at Stoke City under manager Tony Pulis, and he also featured under the current Owls boss during his spell in charge of Middlesbrough.


Shotton is very much a Pulis type player, playing 34 games in 2018-19 for Boro.

When asked about his prospects, the Staffordshire-born player says he can still feature at Championship level and responded kindly to a potential Pulis reunion at Hillsborough.

I can still be at Championship level. The January window will get things moving before Christmas and, as fixtures come so quickly, clubs are going to need an injection of players. For what Tony Pulis has done for my career I will never say a bad word about him. If you do what he asks, you get rewarded and stay in his team. I’m sure he knows I’m available, I’m just not sure I’m a winger anymore!

Shotton originally played in wide role when breaking through at Stoke, before establishing himself as an imposing central defender who can also play at right-back.

Pulis will likely use the January transfer window to help mould Wednesday into his profile.

The Owls have looked weak on occasions this season, while a lack of goals especially at home is another key factor what cost Garry Monk his job as manager.

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Shotton has bags of experience of the Championship having also had spells with Barnsley, Wigan Athletic, Birmingham City and early-season strugglers Derby County.

The Owls currently have Julian Borner, Dominic Iorfa, Tom Lees and Aden Flint among their centre-back options, but it remains to be seen what system Pulis opts to play.

Also see: ‘Only way is up’: Harry Redknapp predicts where Owls will finish after Tony Pulis appointment,

Also see: SWN view: £2m West Ham ace wanted by Owls could be ready for January move

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