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Smaller the better

That must be the first time I have ever heard a manager say they actually want a smaller squad.

“….In my opinion, a squad that was too big. We were leaving five or six players, sometimes more, at home during away games. At times we were looking to do an 11-v-11 in training – say on a Tuesday with a Saturday game on the horizon – and we were having to tell three or four players that they wouldn’t be involved in that and that they would be training with the U21s.”Dean Holden

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More lies and BS. But, what now?

I was considering what my final thoughts were on the January transfer window following on from the speedy but worthy comments from Albury and Drinking.

It is noticeable that every player we released went to clubs below us, O’Connell to Wrexham being the oddity. They were replaced by players that have played at a higher level, ignoring whether they are anywhere near fit to play.

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Gavin Kilkenny

The first signing of transfer deadline day, was the loan signing of Irish midfielder Gavin Kilkenny from Bournemouth.

The 22-year old was on loan at Stoke City the first part of this season, and is where Dean Holden knows him. Kilkenny only played in three games and the last time was in August.

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DJ & Lavelle moved on. No replacement

Thomas Sandgaard completed his cost cutting on the chime of 11pm tonight as both Diallang Jaiyesimi and Sam Lavelle were sent on loan to AFC Wimbledon and Burton respectively.

Incredibly DJ was still allowed to move out even though Wigan winger Gwion Edwards’ move to SE7 collapsed, supposedly due to a medical issue.

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O’Connell sold to Wrexham

What is that about. Signed in the summer on a long term contract that was championed as laying down a mark for the future, 22 apperances later we flog him to Wrexham because they wave a wad of money in our faces

O’Connell was decent enough for this level, we were relying on him prior to his injury, and now he is gone.

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What will tomorrow bring?

I write this before going to bed in Colorado, and 7 hours behind the UK. Transfer windows, particularly January ones have not been kind to us, and I still have nightmares about ‘super duper’ phones and fake wealthy sheiks bearing big budgets.

At the beginning of this transfer window we were given a whole new management team promising a busy window and one that will have us much stronger by the end of it, possibly enabling us to make a run for the play-off’s.

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Stockley signs for Fleetwood

Another out today as Jayden Stockley moves to Fleetwood Town in a permanent fee for an undisclosed fee. A quick tap at the calculator tells me that the club are currently sitting comfortably in the black thus far this transfer window.

Whilst that is clear, where that money is going is not.

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McGrandles moves out on loan

Midfielder Conor McGrandles has joined Cambridge United on loan until the end of the season.

The 27-year old moved to The Valley in the summer and has started just 2 league games due to a couple of freakish injuries and then when he has had the opportunity, he hasn’t in all honesty impressed.

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A left back signs

Matt Penney, a left-footed left back, has signed on loan from Ipswich Town until the end of the season.

Stories were emanating that a new signing was due to be involved at Peterborough this afternoon, and the club later announced that 24-year old Penney had dropped.…

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Todd Kane out ‘for a number of weeks’

The injury curse of new signings strikes again.

Todd Kane, who showed promise in the first half on Saturday even though he was switched to left back just before kick off is now sidelined for a ‘number of weeks’ with a hamstring injury.

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MacGillivray signs for Burton

It became two in and two out yesterday with Craig MacGillivray leaving the club on a permanent transfer to Burton Albion.

MacGillivray was Portsmouth POTY the season before he moved to us, but he never convinced and used to make me very nervous when the ball was at his feet. He wasn’t particularly dominant at set-pieces, but I am sure somewhere online you can find a compilation of great saves.

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Is Kane able?

Following hot on the heels of the signing of Macauley Bonne, Coventry’s Todd Kane has signed on loan until the end of the season.

Kane and Dean Holden give their thoughts here, but also there is a bloke called Thomas Sandgaard, who appears from the abyss, and shares his broad footballing knowledge with us fans. How we have missed his opinion..

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Todd Kane and Macauley Bonne

I do think it’s funny. We have the Sandgaard black box and we brought in ace-wheeler-dealer Andy Scott, and who do we sign? An ex-player, who we tried to sign in August and a player we have at least been in for twice previously.

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JFC moves to Stevenage

The first piece of January transfer business sees an exit for Jake Forster-Caskey on a permanent deal to Stevenage.

After this season mostly being an outcast, the 28-year leaves the club having played 128 games for the Addicks, scoring 13 goals.

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New signing alert

And just when you thought that was our lot. Thomas splashes the cash signs an ex-academy player who is a free agent.

Probably very unfair on the 26-year old centre-half, who spent 8-years with our academy but never played a first team game, mostly I suspect due to the revolving door of foreign imports at that time…. I’ll give you Marco Motta.

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