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Stickied League 2 Transfer Rumours/Confirmed Transfers 2020/2021

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Thought you'd consider selling a prospect for a seven figure sum a good thing. I mean it's always disappointing that they go but it's hardly unusual for Exeter and the money you get for them is so often disappointing that when it's actually substantial it should be a good thing shouldn't it?
We will have got in the region of 5mn for Ollie Watkins going from Brentford to Villa, so it's not a patch on that.
After losing Williams, Bowman, Taylor, Ajose, both keepers, defenders, and not replacing Nicky Law this would be another massive blow.
Key, Randall and Jay are three players we must keep at all costs if we are going to challenge this season.
 

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Rumours of Ben Gladwin returning to STFC. Be great at this level - injury record notwithstanding.
 

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We will have got in the region of 5mn for Ollie Watkins going from Brentford to Villa, so it's not a patch on that.
After losing Williams, Bowman, Taylor, Ajose, both keepers, defenders, and not replacing Nicky Law this would be another massive blow.
Key, Randall and Jay are three players we must keep at all costs if we are going to challenge this season.
I'd assumed you must have assembled a pretty kickass squad with all that money. So struggling to bring players in?

Seems like the money this season is in the national league, or at least a fair few players who you'd have thought many L2 clubs would fancy have rocked up there.
 

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I still think we’re two or three players away from where we need to be in terms of having enough quality to ensure we stay away from trouble. But there’s plenty of time between now and end of August.

Pleases we’ve got the keeper situation sorted. Had this awful vision that we’d end up putting Hanford as our number 2.

We need another centre back in my opinion. A Bennett replacement. Defensively we were decent overall last season for a change, I want that again. If we get that side right we should stay away from danger. Left back cover needed as well if poss, at the moment Dickenson is our back up left back which isn’t ideal, we want him further forward. We actually only have 6 defenders competing for 4 positions. Not enough.

In an ideal world I’d also like another striker but I don’t think we’ll get one. Abrahams or Mampala might come of age to lead our line, and we have Alessandra or Clough as kind of false 9s, but being greedy I’d like one more proper number 9 a bit more proven. Won’t happen though.
 

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I still think we’re two or three players away from where we need to be in terms of having enough quality to ensure we stay away from trouble. But there’s plenty of time between now and end of August.

Pleases we’ve got the keeper situation sorted. Had this awful vision that we’d end up putting Hanford as our number 2.

We need another centre back in my opinion. A Bennett replacement. Defensively we were decent overall last season for a change, I want that again. If we get that side right we should stay away from danger. Left back cover needed as well if poss, at the moment Dickenson is our back up left back which isn’t ideal, we want him further forward. We actually only have 6 defenders competing for 4 positions. Not enough.

In an ideal world I’d also like another striker but I don’t think we’ll get one. Abrahams or Mampala might come of age to lead our line, and we have Alessandra or Clough as kind of false 9s, but being greedy I’d like one more proper number 9 a bit more proven. Won’t happen though.
^^^
for those new to League Two, this is a level of optimism you rarely see... giddy almost!

Plenty of time in the transfer market to ensure we stay away from trouble.. plenty! You almost never hear that sort of sanguine attitude, that lack of urgency from him when it comes to the annual race to avoid relegation.
 

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According to a Q&A session last night we are definitely in the market for a replacement for Quigley. A trialist playing in our game against Bolton today may fit the bill.
 

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I'd assumed you must have assembled a pretty kickass squad with all that money. So struggling to bring players in?

Seems like the money this season is in the national league, or at least a fair few players who you'd have thought many L2 clubs would fancy have rocked up there.
Based on the current squad, we fall short. Nombe is probably our best signing so far, but the players we have lost mean we are in deficit.
Its galling when some of our better players like Page feel they can do better at somewhere like Harrogate and the manager has said that players dont want to come down here.
Lots of emphasis on youth players stepping up as usual, and we can still pull it round with two or three signings before the start.
Bookies still have us fourth favourites though, with Bradford.
 

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Probably better than the sort of stuff fans have become known for polluting clubs' social media with lately.

Well yeah obviously.

Still annoying though, every post from our club at the start of the summer about season tickets or whatever and all you see people saying is announce signings, announce Dokes etc again and again and again. Even after we sign someone people still start doing it again a day or so later.

Clubs should make a stand and say if anyone shitposts ONE more 'announce someone' tweet the club will not sign anyone and will publicly point the finger of blame for there being no signings at that specific fan.
 

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Well yeah obviously.

Still annoying though, every post from our club at the start of the summer about season tickets or whatever and all you see people saying is announce signings, announce Dokes etc again and again and again. Even after we sign someone people still start doing it again a day or so later.

Clubs should make a stand and say if anyone shitposts ONE more 'announce someone' tweet the club will not sign anyone and will publicly point the finger of blame for there being no signings at that specific fan.
I think the media team love it. I didn't even see any of these #announcemampala tweets so I think they're exaggerating them a bit, possibly to make him feel extra welcomed. Last season when Rhys Bennett was mulling over a contract extension the media team encouraged fans to retweet the announcement from a few months before of him signing and Bennett himself acknowledged that it made him feel wanted to have the club mobilise the fans on social media.
 

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Paul McShane, released by Dale at the end of last season, has signed for Manchester United.

Not, sadly, as cover for Harry Maguire, but as a registered overage player and coach for their Under 23s.

Full circle for him, as he started with them as a youngster.
 

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^^^
for those new to League Two, this is a level of optimism you rarely see... giddy almost!

Plenty of time in the transfer market to ensure we stay away from trouble.. plenty! You almost never hear that sort of sanguine attitude, that lack of urgency from him when it comes to the annual race to avoid relegation.

Unless you have a huge budget or are like port vale, champions in august, then first priority is always make sure you don’t go down. Then anything else is a bonus.

We’ve had this ownership for 13 years now, no promotions in that time, they’ve relegated us to League 2 and have had a couple of near misses at relegating us again. Can’t take football league status for granted with such dipshits running the show.

The fact of the matter is, back half of last season we showed the form of a team battling to stay in the league. We’ve since lost our best defender so it’s vital we bring in adequate quality to stop that rot setting into this season.
We’ve made some good additions to ensure that, particularly Clough, but we’re still a couple short in my opinion.
 
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Based on the current squad, we fall short. Nombe is probably our best signing so far, but the players we have lost mean we are in deficit.
Its galling when some of our better players like Page feel they can do better at somewhere like Harrogate and the manager has said that players dont want to come down here.
Lots of emphasis on youth players stepping up as usual, and we can still pull it round with two or three signings before the start.
Bookies still have us fourth favourites though, with Bradford.
With respect, we don’t know who is going to be a good signing yet or not. Agree Nombe looks the best but, who knows, Dieng, Brown, Coley etc may end up being fantastic for us.

Re Josh Key, it’d be gutting to lose him. If it’s true that we’re turning down seven figures then it’s only a matter of time. Taylor will still hopefully be able to temp a couple of good players this way, I’ve not yet given up hope on that. This summer’s market is really odd and there will come a point when players will have to start to look at clubs like us, rather than holding out for bigger, more unrealistic, contracts elsewhere.
 

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Hello stranger

We've made some decent signings on paper. Could do with a number 9. We have lots of direct players at the moment, nobody that can hold the ball up.
What’s our midfield and defence like? I can honestly say I’ve never heard of any of them!
 

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We definitely need to add a centre back now. Feeney off injured today, McDonald not even in the squad. That leaves us with one recognised available central defender. Not ideal at all.
 

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We have signed Tom Billson, a young GK from Coventry on loan.

A very important signing as our current GK Rory Watson is the worst in the FL.
 

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We're being loosely linked with Hakeeb Adelakun, Bottega Don. Thoughts? Doesn't seem to have kicked on at Bristol City.
 

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We're being loosely linked with Hakeeb Adelakun, Bottega Don. Thoughts? Doesn't seem to have kicked on at Bristol City.
Class player but inconsistent, as is any L1/L2 winger. One of those players which gets you up off your seat though. I think he did okay at Hull but they weren't gutted when he was recalled and he seemed to be in and out of the team. I think if he got a steady run of games he'd be a top winger again in L1.
 

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Should we be afraid?!
Tbh, I don’t like slagging off departing players. But this fella takes the biscuit. His CV led us to expect a minimum of a competent defender. He’ll look solid enough for most of a game but every, and I mean every, game he’ll throw in a couple of horrendous errors.

I thought you were awash with cash this season!
 

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