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Shrewsbury Town sign ex-Walsall midfielder Richards

Matt Richards
Richards scored nine goals in 51 games for Walsall last season

Shrewsbury Town have signed former Walsall midfielder Matt Richards on a two-year contract.

The 26-year-old rejected a new contract with the League One Saddlers this summer after two seasons with the club.

The one-time England under-21 international spent seven years with Ipswich and had three loan spells at Brighton in 2007 and 2008.

"He's got a lot of experience at a higher level but is still only 26 years old," said Shrews boss Graham Turner.

Richards has been among a number of trialists training with Shrewsbury in recent weeks, and played his first game for them in the recent 2-0 friendly win over a Wolves XI.

The Essex-born player started his career in the Ipswich Academy, and played at various levels for England as a teenager before winning his only under-21 cap in a win against Ukraine in 2004.

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