Peterborough's Nathaniel Mendez-Laing Shrewsbury loan extended

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing

Shrewsbury Town have extended Peterborough United forward Nathaniel Mendez-Laing's loan for another month.

Birmingham-born Mendez-Laing, 21, is yet to complete a full 90 minutes in the three games he has played on loan.

But boss Mike Jackson has already seen enough promise to warrant extending the deal until the end of March.

"He has the ability to do something, He's getting game time and he'll get fitter. You need your sparky players," Jackson told BBC Radio Shropshire.

"I spoke to [Peterborough director of football] Barry Fry and we're extending that for another month. I'm grateful to him and [Boro boss] Darren Ferguson for allowing us to get it done."

Following midfielder Fraser Fyvie's return to Wigan Athletic, Jackson's Shrewsbury are back to having the regulation number of five loan players, the maximum permitted in any matchday squad - strikers Mendez-Laing, Tom Eaves (Bolton Wanderers), Bahrudin Atajic (Celtic), Miles Storey (Swindon Town) and defender Joseph Mills (Burnley).

Mendez-Laing started his career with Wolves before moving to Peterborough in July 2012, since when he has netted six goals in 41 appearances, including the second-half winner in Town's 1-0 defeat at London Road in October.

Meanwhile, young Shrewsbury defender Alex McQuade has joined Conference Premier bottom club Hyde on a month's loan.