By Russell Edge

20th Apr, 2018 | 1:39pm

'Highest level' - Reported Leeds maestro target reveals Championship ambitions

Shrewsbury Town midfielder Jon Nolan has said that he is flattered by the reported interest from the likes of Leeds United and that he hold ambitions of playing in the Championship – but with the Shrews.

The 25-year-old maestro has been a crucial figure in the League One side’s campaign, having made his 50th appearance of the season in the 2-0 defeat at the hands of Charlton Athletic on Tuesday.

With nine goals under his belt, his performances are said to have attracted the attention of a host of Championship clubs, including Leeds, Norwich City and Ipswich, as reported by the Shropshire Star.

However, with four games left to go of the regular season, Nolan insists his focus is on securing a place in England’s second tier with Shrewsbury, having secured a play-off spot and in with a very slim chance of securing a top two finish for automatic promotion.

He told the Shropshire Star: “Obviously I’m settled. We’ve had an unbelievable season and hopefully the cherry on top is up getting promoted.”

“It is flattering (reported interest)– it’s good to get that recognition, but it’s all rumours. You can’t do nothing about them or control them.

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“We all, as players, even Doigy (Chris Doig) and the gaffer, want to go to the highest level possible.

“Hopefully that can be with Shrewsbury this season.”

Football Insider verdict

Leeds are set for what looks to be another busy transfer window and the centre of the park could well be one area they look at strengthening after their struggles this season. Eunan O’Kane has come under serious fire while the likes of Vurnon Anita and Kalvin Phillips have not lived up to expectation. Can Nolan be the man to bolster their problem position? Well, if he secures promotion then it seems unlikely, but a failure to make it up from League One could leave him wanting more than the Shrews can offer as he enters the peak of his career. All could depend on what happens between now and the end of the season, and Leeds will likely be keeping a close eye on proceedings.

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