Chief executive admits Connor Goldson could leave, suggests defender is Championship quality

Shrewsbury have admitted that they could sell defender Connor Goldson this summer.

Shrewsbury Town chief executive Matt Williams has told the Shropshire Star that whilst they have rejected a bid from Swindon Town for Connor Goldson, the defender could leave this summer.

Goldson, 22, has come up through the ranks with Shrewsbury, and has now established himself as one of the top defenders in the Football League.

The young centre back helped Mickey Mellon's side win promotion back to League One last season, but interest is now growing in his signature.

Chief executive Williams admitted to the Shropshire Star earlier this week that Leeds United have made an enquiry for the defender, and now says that Goldson is one of the best defenders outside the Championship, admitting that a deal can be done this summer if a team meets their valuation.

Now it's League One rivals Swindon Town who have submitted an offer for the centre back - only to be told that their bid was 'derisory', as Shrewsbury look to get a fair fee despite Goldson's contract expiring next summer.

"To say that the offer from Swindon was derisory is an understatement, and it was rejected forthwith," said Williams. "I had to check the calendar to see that it wasn’t April Fool’s Day. In fact, if it had have been April 1 we’d have all fallen for it because I thought it was someone winding me up.

"We’re looking forwards, not backwards. Yes, finances are tight but we’re a well-run club with no debt and we will not sell our best players for less than they’re worth."

"Connor Goldson is one of the best central defenders outside the Championship. Having watched a lot of Championship football and above for a long time, Connor is more than good enough to play at a higher level and I’m not surprised by the interest in him. We hope he will play for us at a higher level in time or, if someone matches our valuation, he’ll go with our blessing," he added.

Leeds - another defender needed?

New manager Uwe Rosler oversaw the permanent signing of former loan star Sol Bamba, but could look to add even more options this summer.

Rosler also has the likes of Liam Cooper, Giuseppe Bellusci and Scott Wootton at his disposal who can play at centre back, but with Wootton playing at right back for the second half of last term, another centre back could be needed.

Goldson has great athletic ability as well as potential to develop even more - and these are the sorts of signings Leeds need to be targeting, rather than relying on Serie B players as they did last season.

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