Harry Chapman says the confidence instilled in him by the Shrewsbury Town management team has helped him flourish with the League One club.

Chapman signed on-loan for the Shrews for the remainder of the season and has made a stunning impact, his fine strike in a midweek draw with AFC Wimbledon his fifth in nine League One outings.

The 23-year-old is yet to make a league start for Rovers since his return on a permanent deal in January 2019 and was allowed to leave on loan after seven outings this season, with his contract set to expire this summer.

Chapman has enjoyed a new lease of life with Shrewsbury, and asked of his impact, he said: “I was hopeful I could come in and do as well as I have.

“The manager and coaching staff have given me the confidence to go and do it and I’m very thankful for them and what they’ve done for me, the time and effort they put into me and hopefully I’m repaying them with my performances on the pitch.”

The winger came through the ranks at Middlesbrough and had a loan spell at Rovers in their League One promotion campaign in 2017/18.

He also spent time at Sheffield United and Barnsley on loan during their respective promotion-campaigns of 2015/16 and 2016/17 and has become something of a specialist in the third tier.

Chapman has continued that with the Shrews, who were fearing relegation upon his arrival, but an upturn of form in 2021 has seen them pull clear of the relegation place.

With his family, and football career so far, both up north, a change of scenery has been something different for Chapman to get accustomed to.

“Very enjoyable time, I’ve really enjoyed myself,” he told his club’s website.

“It’s the furthest I’ve ever been from home, I’m usually in vicinity of being able to drive home on my days off and enjoy some time at home.

“This time I haven’t so my sole focus has been on football since I’ve been down here and my performances are hopefully reflecting that.

“I’m a home boy, I love being at home, but circumstances mean I can’t and the journey just isn’t good for me.

“It’s a four hour journey, but thankfully my girlfriend takes the time to come and see me so I’m not constantly on my own and it’s nice.

“It’s a lovely part of the world to live in.”

His goal in midweek was another to add to his collection of fine strikes, this one just moments after coming off the bench, arrowing a shot into the corner from the edge of the box.

Chapman himself said it was his second favourite of the five goals he’s scored during his loan spell, beaten by a left footed effort against Peterborough United in January where he scored both goals in a 2-0 win.

“It was a finish I really enjoyed and one I work on all the time,” Chapman added.

“I stayed out in training and worked out on that finish and luckily one fell for me and I could replicate what I’d been doing.

“For myself and the team it was a poor performance on Saturday (a 2-1 defeat at Bristol Rovers), it was what I needed to prove that it was just a one off and I’m happy that I can get back on the scoresheet and hopefully the goals start coming again.”