By Wayne Veysey

17th Jun, 2021 | 3:11pm

Sources: Shrewsbury Town agree to sign Blackburn Rovers star Bennett

Shrewsbury Town have agreed a deal to sign Blackburn Rovers midfielder Elliott Bennett, Football Insider understands.

The 32-year-old is out of contract at the Championship club at the end of this month.

A recruitment source told Football Insider that Bennett has been offered a two-year contract that he has accepted from Shrewsbury and is joining on a free transfer.

A much-loved figure on the terraces at Ewood Park, Bennett was made Rovers’ captain at the outset of the 2019-20 campaign.

He has been a central protagonist in the East Lancashire side’s rise from the third-tier to stabilisation in the Championship in recent years.

Bennett grew up a stone’s throw away from Shrewsbury in Telford and retains strong links with the area.

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The Wolves academy graduate established a reputation as a jack of all trades during his time at Rovers for whom he made 192 appearances in a five-year spell.

He played as winger, full-back, central midfielder and number 10 in Rovers’ League One promotion-winning season in 2017-18.

A decade earlier, Bennett made two senior appearances as a youngster at Wolves before moving permanently to Brighton in 2009.

He would turn out over 100 times for the south coast outfit before being snapped up by then-Premier League side Norwich ahead of the 2011-12 campaign.

Bennett made 80 appearances for the Canaries with 59 of those coming in the top-flight.

Football Insider revealed yesterday that Shrewsbury have set their sights on signing another player with Premier League pedigree in Stoke City’s Sam Vokes.

The Shrews have spent the last six seasons in League One and finished in 17th place last term.

In other news, Southampton and Norwich leading the chase for Blackburn Rovers striker Adam Armstrong as price tag revealed.