Shrewsbury: Zak Whitbread re-signs as Anthony Gerrard leaves

Derby defender Zak Whitbread
Zak Whitbread started his career at Liverpool but did not make a first-team appearance

Shrewsbury Town have re-signed defender Zak Whitbread until the end of the season.

After leaving Championship side Derby in the summer, Whitbread, 31, had signed a short-term deal at Shrewsbury, which came to an end last Saturday.

However, fellow defender Anthony Gerrard has left the League One side after mutually agreeing to end his non-contract arrangement.external-link

Gerrard, 29, had been playing for free as he aimed to kick-start his career.

"I can't show him any more gratitude for the time he's spent with us," Town boss Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire. "A lot was said before he came about the type of person he was but he is a great kid."

"Zak brings bags of experience," added Mellon. "He is tactically a very good player. He knows the position inside out. Since he has been here he's really enjoyed his time and believes this is the right place to be."

Shrewsbury a stepping stone for Whitbread

Zak Whitbread has made it clear that he is using Shrewsbury Town as a stepping stone to get back to the Championship while Millwall, Norwich, Leicester and Derby....l at Shrewsbury to the end of the season - to continue his rehabilitation from injury.

"It's no lie," he told BBC Radio Shropshire "I'm here to get back in the Championship. But, to do that, I've got to play well for Shrewsbury.

"I've had a frustrating couple of years with injury. The aim of stepping down to Shrewsbury was to play to then step back up. But me saying I want to play in the Championship doesn't mean it will inevitably happen."

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