Rovers winger Harry Chapman delighted with Shrewsbury impact

Harry Chapman says the confidence instilled in him by the Shrewsbury Town management team has helped him thrive with the League One club.

Chapman signed on loan for the Shrews for the remainder of the season and made an astonishing impact, his beautiful strike in a midweek draw with AFC Wimbledon, his fifth in nine Ligue 1 appearances.

The 23-year-old has yet to make his league debut for Rovers since returning to a permanent contract in January 2019 and was cleared to go on loan after seven outings this season, with his contract due to expire this summer.

Chapman experienced a new life with Shrewsbury and asked for his impact, he said: “I was hoping I could come in and do as well as I did.

“The manager and the coaching staff gave me the confidence to do this and I am very grateful for them and what they have done for me, the time and effort they have given me and i hope I reward them with my performance on the pitch.

The winger rose through the ranks at Middlesbrough and got a loan from Rovers during their League One promotion campaign in 2017/18.

He also spent time at Sheffield United and Barnsley on loan in their respective promotion campaigns of 2015/16 and 2016/17 and has become somewhat of a third tier specialist.

Chapman continued with the Shrews, who feared relegation upon arrival, but a 2021 return to form saw them withdraw from the relegation spot.

With his family and footballing career so far both in the north, a change of scenery has been something different for Chapman to get used to.

“Very pleasant moment, I had a lot of fun,” he said on his club’s website.

“It’s the furthest I’ve ever been from home, I’m usually close to being able to drive home on my days off and spend time at home.

“This time I didn’t, so I have only focused on football since I’ve been here and my performances hopefully reflect that.

“I’m a stay-at-home boy, I love being at home, but circumstances mean I can’t and the trip just isn’t good for me.

“It’s a four hour trip, but luckily my girlfriend takes the time to come see me so I’m not always alone and it’s nice.

“It’s a beautiful part of the world to experience.”

His midweek goal was another to add to his collection of fine strikes, this one moments after coming off the bench, blasting a corner shot from the edge of the box.

Chapman himself said it was his second favorite of five goals he scored during his loan spell, beaten by a left-footed effort against Peterborough United in January where he scored both goals in of a 2-0 victory.

“It was a finish that I really enjoyed and work on all the time,” Chapman added.

“I stayed in training and worked on this finish and luckily one of them fell in love with me and I was able to replicate what I had done.

“For me and the team it was a poor performance on Saturday (2-1 loss to Bristol Rovers), it was what I needed to prove it was only one and I’m happy to be able to go back to the scoresheet and hopefully the goals start again.

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