Date: 2nd March 2016 at 7:25pm
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Ahead of last night’s hosting of Rochdale at the Greenhous, Shrewsbury confirmed that a deal to bring back Crystal Palace youngster Sullay Kaikai had been struck.

The 20 year old winger spent a very successful spell with us earlier in the season before his three month spell was cut short with his parent club having a mini injury crisis.

His spell saw him score five times in 17 matches and his performances saw him bag the PFA’s Fans’ Player of the Month award for October.

With Mellon making no secret of the fact he wanted the player back, he was clearly happy to secure just that.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the game about his season long return, the gaffer said.

‘We`re delighted to get it over the line and we have got a really talented player in the building. It`s something we`ve worked very hard on and had to be patient with. We know the impact Sullay made on the group and the difference he makes. He`s a different type of attacking player to the ones we already have so he gives us options. As we`ve got Shaun Whalley on the other side, we can play with two wingers when I believe that`s necessary. Sullay can also play off the front man or up front so we`ve got options. He`s still our top goalscorer – that`s how valuable he was to us. He`s a good kid, he has been very keen to come back.’

Mellon didn’t believe it would take the player long to settle back in, but he wasn’t set to feature against Rochdale, but he expects to call on him this weekend.

‘He is now fully fit but what happens at a lot of football clubs now is that they give players one last week to see if there`s any evidence of the injury still there. It`s what a lot of clubs do. We do it ourselves sometimes. Palace did that to him last week so his weekend has been all about recovery. They have asked us to let Sullay recover today as well. It`s all to do with the amount of load that he`s had in a certain period of time- if he doesn`t get the recovery then it will come back to bite him. He won`t be available this evening but getting towards the weekend he`ll be available for selection again so we`ll look forward to his return.’

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