Pennington joins Shrewsbury

Thursday, 31 December, 2020 13comments  |  Jump to last
Everton U23s defender Matthew Pennington has secured another loan move, this time to League One Shewsbury Town.

Over the past six years, the defender has had loan spells at Walsall, Coventry, Leeds, Ipswich and Hull while threatening briefly to break into Everton's first-team in 2016-17.

With seven League appearances and a Merseyside derby goal to his name in the Toffees' senior side, this will be his last loan move as an Everton player as his contract expires in June and is unlikely to be renewed.  

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Mike Gaynes
1 Posted 31/12/2020 at 20:19:16
All the best to him, hope he's able to build a solid career.
Tony Everan
2 Posted 31/12/2020 at 20:43:48
Good on him for getting himself out there and playing. Some are content to go through the motions at the training ground rather than play competitive football. I hope he is a success for the Shrews (if that's their nickname).
Derek Knox
3 Posted 01/01/2021 at 12:11:47
I can only also wish him all the best, it seems he has been around for ages. He has had a couple of spells in the first team, but never was quite good enough.
Neil Copeland
4 Posted 01/01/2021 at 12:18:42
Always seemed to be a good lad with a big heart and never stopped trying. I remember his goal at Mordor to make it 1-1. Good luck to him.
Steve Carse
5 Posted 01/01/2021 at 12:48:20
I always quite rated Pennington. He's been farmed out to a number of lower Division clubs and to my recollection did well at each, particularly Ipswich.
Ajay Gopal
6 Posted 03/01/2021 at 09:16:31
I thought that Pennington and Browning would be the future CB pairing at Everton. Not to be, but we have some very good CBs, so all the best to him for his future career. You never know, like Shane Duffy, we might very well see him back in the PL in a couple of years.
Steavey Buckley
7 Posted 03/01/2021 at 14:18:46
Pennington joined Everton from the age of 11 years of age. During those 15 years of his association with Everton, it was eventually decided he was not good enough. Yet, Everton had 15 years to decide. You get the impression, some players could remain at Everton for many years without ever being noticed and still get paid.
Kevin Prytherch
8 Posted 03/01/2021 at 14:27:35
Pennington's last contract – the 3-year deal, was not long after a decent loan spell and a couple of first-team games. I reckon the contract was purely so we could get a fee for him – but then no offer ever came.

All the best to the lad.

Peter Gorman
9 Posted 03/01/2021 at 14:36:48
Ajay @6, a central pairing of Pennington and Hughes?!? Are you mad?

There is no way they could ever have ousted Sean O'Hanlon and Mark Hughes.

Dave Abrahams
10 Posted 05/01/2021 at 21:23:15
Well Mathew did what “The Golden Vision” and “Latchford walks on water” never did, scored in a derby game, at Anfield as well. No wonder I hate stats!! But I didn't mind Pennington to be honest.
Mike Doyle
11 Posted 05/01/2021 at 21:30:01
Steavey. Agree totally. Besic is another one who seems to have been here since I was at primary school. Is he another handed a contract extension or was he signed on a ludicrously long one in the first place?
John McFarlane Snr
12 Posted 05/01/2021 at 21:56:04
Hi Dave [10],

I could never come to terms with the fact that Paul Wilkinson did exactly the same thing, but fair play to the lad, he has the bragging rights to that feat.

I've just submitted an article "Was there football pre 1992?" You may be interested in it. Excuse the wrong season. I'll put it right in Part 2.

Tony Onslow
13 Posted 09/01/2021 at 12:48:27
In touch with reality this lad. While at Everton he visited his old school, St Gregs and talked to my grandson and all the other Everton fans there. Good Luck Matthew hope you make a "go of it" in Salop.

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