Everton have confirmed they have sent defender Matthew Pennington out on loan to Shrewsbury for the rest of the season.
Pennington is an Everton academy product, but has found it difficult to break into the first team on a regular basis.
The defender has spent the first half of this season playing with the under-23s, making nine appearances. He has not played a senior match for the Toffees since April 2017.
Since then, Pennington has spent time out on loan with Leeds United, Ipswich Town and Hull City. All three clubs were in the Championship when he played for them.
Now, the 26-year-old will be dropping down another level. Everton confirmed on Thursday night that Pennington had joined Shrewbury in League One for the rest of the season.
That spell will take Pennington to the end of his contract at Goodison Park, which expires in June 2021.
He scored one goal for Everton during his time at the club, in a Merseyside derby against Liverpool almost four years ago.
Shrewsbury explain Pennington capture
Shrewsbury manager Steve Cotterill explained why they took the opportunity to take Pennington from Everton.
“Matthew wants to play games and he has experience in the Championship,” he told the club website.
“He’s a good type that will get along well with our dressing room – I don’t have any worries about him integrating.
“We are quite light in the central defensive area and at right-back. I felt it was an area we needed to address. Matthew can definitely fulfil that.
“He can play right-side centre-back, left-side centre-back and in the middle. Anywhere in the three, he fits.”
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