Ex-Oldham defender Reuben Hazell joins Shrewsbury Town

Reuben Hazell

Hazell started his career with Aston Villa

Former Oldham captain Reuben Hazell has joined Shrewsbury after offering his services to manager Graham Turner.

The 32 year-old decided he wanted to play for the Shrews after watching their play-off defeat against Torquay last season.

"I phoned Graham Turner and spoke to him about watching the play-off game," he told BBC Radio Shropshire.

"I thought they needed more experience and I thought of myself."

He added: "Ian Sharps was injured and a young lad came on, it stuck in my mind."

Hazell turned down a new deal with Oldham to join Town on a two-year contract.

"I knew my contract was up at Oldham and Shrewsbury is close to me, I think the club's really going places," he added.

Midfielder Steve Leslie, 23, has signed a new contract keeping him at the Greenhous Meadow on the day the Shrews start pre-season training.