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Out of contract players this summer

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the main thing it depends on is keeping DC - if he goes you'll be deep in the shit.... you'll be in the same place we were when Evatt jumped ship to Bolton last summer. you lose 2+ weeks getting a new manager in, then you're panicking getting players in whilst trying to keep hold of the ones you want to stay

I'm pretty confident we'll keep him. Raj hinted he's sitting down over a new contract with him. Challinor would be stupid to leave really. He's unproven at this level and he'll be wanting to show that he can kick on.
 

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I'm pretty confident we'll keep him. Raj hinted he's sitting down over a new contract with him. Challinor would be stupid to leave really. He's unproven at this level and he'll be wanting to show that he can kick on.

I'm confident he's going nowhere now, he's talking about the released list, getting new contracts to players dished out, speaking to agents about new players.
 

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One week off is crazy stuff considering the length of the NL season we’ve just had. You’d surely be better off accepting a slow start and at least leaving it a bit longer!?!
one week is a bit short - but it depends on the player. Mark Ellis had 1 week off doing nothing - then was back out running again making sure he is fit for when out training starts at the start of July
 

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Momentum is key and Hartlepool's situation has more benefits than cons. We had none going into last season, hadn't played for best part of 6 months, lost our manager and key player, and was compounded by shit managerial appointments and recruitment.
 

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one week is a bit short - but it depends on the player. Mark Ellis had 1 week off doing nothing - then was back out running again making sure he is fit for when out training starts at the start of July
I suspect Matt Done at Dale and Ian Henderson at Sal£ord will have been doing something similar to ensure they're full fit for pre-season. Probably a lot of others as well up and down the country.
 

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r.e. pre-season, don't footballers *have* to have at least two weeks off before heading back into pre-season training? I'm pretty sure that's the case at PL level, it's in their contracts from a welfare point of view rather than them putting it in themselves. It's a standard clause.
 

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Two of our out-of-contracts are settled. Liam Shephard has gone to Salford and Aaron Lewis has signed for two years. Given they were to a certain extent competing for one place, although both can play more than one position, I'm pleased it's that way round.
 

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Shep got a really good reception when he returned to TNL for the play-off semi-final, well respected by Rovers fans, pity he has gone to Salford!
 

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Strange year with us. He was outstanding at RWB in the first half of the season but vanished in the second half when Brandon Cooper who had played alongside him at right centreback was recalled by Swansea, his crosses just dried up. He then did well at RCB in the last few games with Lewis outside him. Obviously he wouldn't turn down a massive club like Salford.
 

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George Ray available. Said his goodbyes on twtter.
 

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Jimmy Keohane signs a new two-year deal. Can play any outfield position, and scored 10 goals last season from wing back/full back. Looking at our squad and its lack of defensive numbers, he'll probably end up there again.
 

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In the worst kept secret going our out of contract keeper Joel Dixon has signed a 2 year deal at Bolton.
 

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Sad to see him go, but you can't turn down the opportunity to become the best keeper League One has ever seen.
 

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What’s he like?
Salt and vinegar discos. Fan joke.
He started off really badly but improved this season, he then became the scapegoat for poor performances under Keith Hill. He would be a decent signing in this division or a very good signing in the National League.
 

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Salt and vinegar discos. Fan joke.
He started off really badly but improved this season, he then became the scapegoat for poor performances under Keith Hill. He would be a decent signing in this division or a very good signing in the National League.
Ok cheers. Just heard a whisper we’re taking an interest.
 

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He has plenty of games under his belt for his age.
When i say for his age its relative. 28 seems young when we have Peter Clarke playing for us. He is 40 in january.
 

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So this is what we've got minus the loan players

GK

Ben Killip (out of contract)
Brad Young (off to Leicester)

DEF

Timi Odusina (option exercised)
David Ferguson
Gary Liddle (out of contract)
Ryan Johnson (out of contract) supposedly off to Vale.
Zaine Francis Angol (out of contract)
Jamie Sterry (out of contract)

MID

Nicky Featherstone (out of contract)
Mark Shelton (option exercised)
Gavan Holohan
Tom Crawford
Ryan Donaldson (out of contract)
Luke Molyneux (out of contract)
Claudio Ofuso (out of contract)
Josh Macdonald
Luke Williams (out of contract)

FOR

Rhys Oates (out of contract)
Danny Elliot (out of contract)
Joe Grey
Mason Bloomfield (out of contract)

So as you can see, a ton of work to do.

I'd keep Killip on a 1+1 deal, and get in Brad James as no.2 on loan again for the year.

In defence, I'd try and get Lewis Cass back from the Toon on loan. He is quality. Jamie Sterry, give him a 10 year deal, retain Gary Liddle on a 1 year deal. If Ryan Johnson wants to stay, keep him as well.

In midfield, controversial but I'd keep Ryan Donaldson for another year. He's versatile and pretty vital off the pitch if you believe the other players. Featherstone on another year or a 1+1. Molyneux is a league quality player but can't get in our side as we don't play wingers. I'm expecting him to leave. Ofuso and Williams get rid.

Forwards, it's important to push the boat out for Luke Armstrong but we won't come close to offering 3k a week that Harro£ate allegedly have. Rhys Oates, pay him what he wants, Danny Elliit, keep on a one year deal. Send Joe Grey out on loan to a lower NL or North side until the new year. Release Bloomfield.

So all in all, if we renew those I said, I'd say we need one or two defenders, another centre mid, one winger and probably two strikers. 5 or 6 signings needed on top of the renewals.

If we manage that, I think we'll be fine.

Hopefully the 750k or 1m you get as a L2 club will boost the budget plus whatever Leicester pay for Brad Young. I'll also buy a home shirt for the first time since about 2003 so we can add 40 quid into that. We also can't run the club as stripped down as before so hire some extra staff, spruce up the ground a bit and look to put the infrastructure back in that we once had.
 
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They’ve got some work to do, 8 contracted players and DC reckons he wants around 20 more players to round off the squad, probably see the released list today I’d imagine, I have a horrible feeling that Rhys Oates is off, really hope he at least stays for another season.
 

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How did you rate Danny Elliott? When he came to Vale he hadn’t played at any level of note but thought he showed some decent attributes that could have been developed if the club wasn’t a total shitshow at that time. Now he’s had a few more years experience I could see him adjusting to League 2.
 

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How did you rate Danny Elliott? When he came to Vale he hadn’t played at any level of note but thought he showed some decent attributes that could have been developed if the club wasn’t a total shitshow at that time. Now he’s had a few more years experience I could see him adjusting to League 2.

Was a very much a bit part player, we probably had the strongest front two down there in Oates and Armstrong so it was hard to break them up, I liked what I saw though, seemed decent on the ball with a turn of pace, he's still relatively young and has time to develop so I'd offer him a deal for this season if he was interested.
 

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Hartlepool fans might be worried, as looking at that list it doesn't sound like they have too many players contracted for next season...however, I would be inclined to see that as a positive. FGR came up to the league and started with largely the same squad that had earned promotion, with just a few additions, and struggled really badly until after the January transfer window when a few half decent players were brought in. At least Hartlepool can build a squad to start the season, with the aim of keeping them in the league, rather than trying to patch over the cracks when their position isn't what they would have hoped.
 

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Hartlepool fans might be worried, as looking at that list it doesn't sound like they have too many players contracted for next season...however, I would be inclined to see that as a positive. FGR came up to the league and started with largely the same squad that had earned promotion, with just a few additions, and struggled really badly until after the January transfer window when a few half decent players were brought in. At least Hartlepool can build a squad to start the season, with the aim of keeping them in the league, rather than trying to patch over the cracks when their position isn't what they would have hoped.

The squad looks a bit ropey at the minute and we have very little wiggle room but of those out of contract realistically I think we could lose three, maybe four of them to different clubs, worse case scenario those I could see us leaving are Johnson/Sterry/Featherstone/Oates, I'd imagine all the rest who are offered deals will sign on.

I think we'd all be happy to just finish away from relegation this season and re-establish ourselves as a Football League team again and go from there, I never, ever want to go back down to that hell hole league again.
 

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Was a very much a bit part player, we probably had the strongest front two down there in Oates and Armstrong so it was hard to break them up, I liked what I saw though, seemed decent on the ball with a turn of pace, he's still relatively young and has time to develop so I'd offer him a deal for this season if he was interested.

Aye that’s pretty much how I saw it with him. Nice option to have off the bench. If the timing had been better would have complimented Rodney quite well I feel.

Reckon Hartlepool will be fine next season. I look at the majority of teams and there isn’t a great deal between most of us. The only club I’d say who should be worried right now are Scunny. I think it’s going to be a very hard slog for them to survive as it stands.
 

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Aye that’s pretty much how I saw it with him. Nice option to have off the bench. If the timing had been better would have complimented Rodney quite well I feel.

Reckon Hartlepool will be fine next season. I look at the majority of teams and there isn’t a great deal between most of us. The only club I’d say who should be worried right now are Scunny. I think it’s going to be a very hard slog for them to survive as it stands.

Said his goodbyes on Twitter so he's not with us this season!
 

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This is a League 2 shop for League 2 people. There's nothing for you here.
only came in here to talk football.......................We have signed a player from lge 2...............have a good day and cheer up
 

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only came in here to talk football.......................We have signed a player from lge 2...............have a good day and cheer up
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