Shrewsbury Town: Mark Ellis joins after Crewe Alexandra release

Shrewsbury Town have signed defender Mark Ellis following his release by Crewe Alexandra.

Ellis, 25, was a free agent after not being offered a new contract at Gresty Road, and has now agreed a two-year deal with the League Two-bound Shrews.

"It's nice as I'd set myself a deadline to get something sorted and it's come a lot sooner, so that's pleasing," Ellis told BBC Radio Shropshire.

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I know what they want to do and where they want to go and I'm more than happy with that

Mark Ellis on joining Shrewsbury Town

"I had to look elsewhere and there's no better place than Shrewsbury."

After starting his career as a trainee at Bolton, Ellis got his first taste of first-team football during a four-year stay with Torquay, whom he signed for permanently in July 2008 after a seven-month loan spell.

He joined the Alex in the summer of 2012 and has played a key role in the club's last two League One campaigns.

"It was disappointing to leave a good club and I would've stayed if I was offered something, but that wasn't the case," Ellis admitted.

Although Ellis is stepping down a division for next season following Town's relegation, it was not enough to dissuade him from coming to Greenhous Meadow.

"You might say it's a backward step but the club want to come straight back up and I want to be playing in League One," he said.

Ellis joins Ashley Vincent and Nathaniel Knight-Percival as boss Micky Mellon gets to work shaping Town's new-look squad ahead of 2014-15.

"We're going to have to gel as a team with the new players coming in but, hopefully, we can do that," Ellis said.

"I've not spoken to Mickey but I know what they want to do and where they want to go and I'm more than happy with that."