Shrewsbury make an audacious bid to re-sign former England No 1 Joe Hart

Shrewsbury have made an ambitious bid to bring free agent Joe Hart back to the club.

Shrews boss Sam Rickett has revealed he offered Hart the chance to return to his hometown club, where he began his professional career 16 years ago.

Hart, 33, has been released by Burnley after two years at Turf Moor and Ricketts spoke to the former England and Manchester City No 1 about rejoining the League One side.

Hart, who made 58 appearances for Shrewsbury before joining City in 2006, told Ricketts he may return when he stops playing and that he hopes to join a top-flight club in the meantime.

Ricketts said: “In terms of interest, from our part yes. Joe would have an interest, but not so much as in coming back to play.

Joe Hart made just three appearances for Burnley this season

“He’s still at a level where he can play at a much higher level, not just in this country but abroad as well.

“It’s something that I put to him and his people, I said ‘do you fancy coming back?’. But he’s ready to continue his career at the highest possible level.

“He has interest from top-level teams so it’s not going to be one for us. Sentiment doesn’t rule the head on this one.”

Joe Hart believes he can still play at the highest level

Hart had attracted interest from the MLS before football’s shutdown and he is keen to play regularly again after being restricted to just three cup appearances this season.

He has left Burnley, along with fellow free agents Aaron Lennon, Phil Bardsley and Jeff Hendrick, who is a target for Newcastle.

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