Roberts scored four goals and laid on a hat-ful of assists for Town during a successful loan spell in the second half of last season but the Baggies are planning to send the 18-year-old attacker out on loan to a Championship club next term.
“I think we’re in dream world if we thought we could get Tyler back, unfortunately,” admitted Hurst, when asked if a return to Shrews was a possibility.
Baggies boss Tony Pulis plans to cast his eye over Roberts in pre-season and if he’s blown away by the teenager, he’ll drop him into his first-team squad.
But the most likely outcome is Darren Moore, who looks after loans for the Baggies, will work with Roberts's agent to try and find him a Championship club to join for the first half of next season.
However, there may be other Albion youngsters heading to Shrewsbury after last season’s successful relationship.
“They were very happy with how he was treated and the opportunities that he was given,” said Hurst.
Meanwhile, former academy full-back Josh Ezewele has signed for National League North side AFC Fylde. He was previously at Kidderminster Harriers.
Former Albion midfielder Darren Carter has joined Solihull Moors in the National League at the age of 33.