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Former Revolution trialist signs with Shrewsbury Town

Zak Whitbread is playing in England's third division.

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Zak Whitbread's interest in returning to the United States was apparently short-lived as the former New England Revolution trialist has signed with English third tier side Shrewsbury Town F.C.

The 31-year-old defender was most recently with Championship club Derby County after stints with Millwall, Norwich City and Leicester City. Whitbread, who has spent his entire career in Europe, has been marred with injuries throughout his career, preventing him from reaching his full potential.

There was a possibility that the Texas native would return home as the Revs brought Whitbread in for a look. Ultimately, pen wasn't put to paper, which led Whitbread to Shrewsbury Town.

"I nearly went to America in the summer," Whitbread told BBC Radio Shropshire. "I was training with New England Revolution, but I'd just had a son and I thought it wasn't the right time to make the move. So I came back and I'm looking to kick on here."

The short-term deal is set to expire in January as Shrewsbury Town is looking to avoid relegation. The club currently sits in 14th place, three points above relegation.