Just checking to see if you had heard of any? Because I sure ain’t.
All very quiet on the transfer front, just the one solid rumour from a trustworthy source. Rich Cawley linked our name with out of contract Portsmouth ‘keeper Craig MacGillivray. The 28-year old won Pompey’s player of the year. Ben Amos among others is in current talks on a new deal at The Valley, but MacGillivray sounds a good option.
Amos as well as Chuks Aneke, Ben Watson, Jason Pearce, Adam Matthews and the injured Jake Forster-Caskey were all listed as players who the club will discuss renewal terms with. Crudely I wouldn’t be devastated if Nigel Adkins completely cleared the decks and club went for a wholesale new look.
Equally I am a realist and we need to build a squad and I wouldn’t be opposed to Matthews, Chuks or JFC staying, who I’d presume is the most likely even though he will be out until Christmas.
I think we are desperate to see the start of the rebuild but contracts run until July 1st and players and agents will shuffle their feet as long as they can.
Pre-season training starts towards the end of June, that is the key date for newbies. To give us the best possible chance I want to see new players through the door realistically before the pre-season tour.
Players excited to be part of a journey. Young, hungry, talented and each with something to prove.
If you look back as far as the mid 80’s, every season we have been successful we have started the summer with an early influential signing – John Humphrey, Clive Mendonca, Dean Kiely, Danny Hollands, Lyle Taylor…. What will the summer of 2021 bring?