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Troy's been worth the wait

Swindon Advertiser: Troy Archibald-Henville Troy Archibald-Henville

DARREN Ward has praised Troy Archibald-Henville’s perseverance in getting himself back to full fitness after recurring knee problems, saying Swindon Town can only benefit from his return.

Archibald-Henville did not play a single minute for the Robins between November 6, 2012 and February 1 this year due to his persistent knee injury and underwent an operation to try to fix the issue in the autumn.

However, the former Tottenham trainee has come back with a bang in recent matches, producing a string of impressive performances alongside Ward at the heart of the Town defence.

Ward is not surprised by the ease with which Archibald-Henville has slotted back into regular action and lauded the 25-year-old’s application and dedication to his rehabilitation over 16 testing months.

“I’ve always shown interest in what Troy does,” said the Swindon skipper. “When I joined the club he was here and we’ve done a lot together, and it’s important to look after your teammates - regardless of what position they are and if they’re competition.

“He’s had the backing of everyone and he’s a credit to himself because he’s the one who’s had to do the hard work primarily to get fit.

“His last two or three performances have shown that.

“Troy is a great guy.

“Unfortunately he’s had an injury for all this time and we’ve tried to support him and help him out along the way.

“It’s been very difficult and very frustrating for him. We’ve welcomed him back with both arms.

“He’s a very good player, a good talker and he’s nice to play with because he talks a lot.

“It helps my job and it helps the team grow. It’s credit to all the hard work he’s put in.”

Ward thinks Archibald-Henville’s return has given a lot more solidarity to the Swindon defence, thanks primarily to the added experience the former Exeter City man brings to the side.

With 146 professional appearances under his belt, the centre-back has played four times more games in the senior ranks than the rest of Town’s central defensive options - Raphael Rossi Branco, Grant Hall and Aaron Oakley - combined.

And his skipper highlighted the importance of having a man alongside him who’s been around the block as the season enters its business end.

“He’s good on the ball and he’s got a lot to his game, which we could do with.

“He’s still a young man but he’s one of the older young men and that does help out,” said Ward.

“This season has been a season where a lot of players have found out a lot about themselves, grown up and growing into a man.

“Someone like Troy, who has had played a few seasons and has played a few first-team games, can only help the group.”

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6:41am Thu 20 Feb 14

ctown_red says...

So good to have him back, we look a completely different outfit in defence. He is strong organised and reads the ball well, and for a defender very accomplished on the ball which makes a change. I just wonder, its all if's buts and maybes, but if he had been fit all season where would we be, i would like to think we would have few more points on the board. An experienced centre back partnership is an absolute must with this young squad.

Lets hope he can stay fit, wrap him up in cotton wool Mr Cooper!!
So good to have him back, we look a completely different outfit in defence. He is strong organised and reads the ball well, and for a defender very accomplished on the ball which makes a change. I just wonder, its all if's buts and maybes, but if he had been fit all season where would we be, i would like to think we would have few more points on the board. An experienced centre back partnership is an absolute must with this young squad. Lets hope he can stay fit, wrap him up in cotton wool Mr Cooper!! ctown_red
  • Score: 24

7:07am Thu 20 Feb 14

ciclosporindorset says...

ctown_red wrote:
So good to have him back, we look a completely different outfit in defence. He is strong organised and reads the ball well, and for a defender very accomplished on the ball which makes a change. I just wonder, its all if's buts and maybes, but if he had been fit all season where would we be, i would like to think we would have few more points on the board. An experienced centre back partnership is an absolute must with this young squad.

Lets hope he can stay fit, wrap him up in cotton wool Mr Cooper!!
Does anyone know how long he has left on his contract?
[quote][p][bold]ctown_red[/bold] wrote: So good to have him back, we look a completely different outfit in defence. He is strong organised and reads the ball well, and for a defender very accomplished on the ball which makes a change. I just wonder, its all if's buts and maybes, but if he had been fit all season where would we be, i would like to think we would have few more points on the board. An experienced centre back partnership is an absolute must with this young squad. Lets hope he can stay fit, wrap him up in cotton wool Mr Cooper!![/p][/quote]Does anyone know how long he has left on his contract? ciclosporindorset
  • Score: 2

7:14am Thu 20 Feb 14

california andy says...

Very happy he is back and playing well. He's got the size and skill. Just hope he can stay fit.
Very happy he is back and playing well. He's got the size and skill. Just hope he can stay fit. california andy
  • Score: 5

7:42am Thu 20 Feb 14

London Red says...

Believe he is out of contract in the summer - but he may have an option as lots seem to these days
.
However - like others before we may not want to activate it as he could be on a massive wage and or due a payrise under it
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We may want to try and sign him up on reduced terms
.
We should be in a strong position as he has only played what 12 games in 2 years - so doubt he will have lots lining up to offer him a massive wage
Believe he is out of contract in the summer - but he may have an option as lots seem to these days . However - like others before we may not want to activate it as he could be on a massive wage and or due a payrise under it . We may want to try and sign him up on reduced terms . We should be in a strong position as he has only played what 12 games in 2 years - so doubt he will have lots lining up to offer him a massive wage London Red
  • Score: 2

7:47am Thu 20 Feb 14

mandrossian says...

As a player signed in the frivolous times I would expect that he is on a big wagw and may leave in the summer unless he is prepared to take a big pay cut
As a player signed in the frivolous times I would expect that he is on a big wagw and may leave in the summer unless he is prepared to take a big pay cut mandrossian
  • Score: 8

8:26am Thu 20 Feb 14

GiulianoGrazioli says...

great to have him back and i'm really pleased for him. It must be really hard sitting on the sidelines wondering if you have a career anymore... he's been a rock at the back!
great to have him back and i'm really pleased for him. It must be really hard sitting on the sidelines wondering if you have a career anymore... he's been a rock at the back! GiulianoGrazioli
  • Score: 9

9:21am Thu 20 Feb 14

grove red says...

Hope troys with us next season would make a great captain for next season.
Hope troys with us next season would make a great captain for next season. grove red
  • Score: 3

9:24am Thu 20 Feb 14

fraser digby's washbag says...

He's got to be one of the best centre backs in division when fit. With his age and experience being mentioned in the article, it does excite me how good some of our youngsters will be over the next 2 years. At 19, I will already predict louis Thompson will play in the premiership. Lots of the team will be older and wiser come next season. Grant hall maybe one we could get on a permanent deal, as he'll continue to improve. At times this season, he's looked very accomplished. At other times, you realise this is still his fist full season playing first team football.
He's got to be one of the best centre backs in division when fit. With his age and experience being mentioned in the article, it does excite me how good some of our youngsters will be over the next 2 years. At 19, I will already predict louis Thompson will play in the premiership. Lots of the team will be older and wiser come next season. Grant hall maybe one we could get on a permanent deal, as he'll continue to improve. At times this season, he's looked very accomplished. At other times, you realise this is still his fist full season playing first team football. fraser digby's washbag
  • Score: 11

9:48am Thu 20 Feb 14

bluesharpbob says...

Well done to Darren for such a brilliant character commendation of Troy. I'm sure it's well deserved and Troy had a good reputation when he came here from Exeter.

I just hope he can stay in one piece and give the defence the skill and experience that it cries out for. Well done Darren and well done Troy.
Well done to Darren for such a brilliant character commendation of Troy. I'm sure it's well deserved and Troy had a good reputation when he came here from Exeter. I just hope he can stay in one piece and give the defence the skill and experience that it cries out for. Well done Darren and well done Troy. bluesharpbob
  • Score: 11

10:24am Thu 20 Feb 14

lifelong red says...

Nice to read good sensible and positive post for a change well done.
Nice to read good sensible and positive post for a change well done. lifelong red
  • Score: 6

10:38am Thu 20 Feb 14

umpcah says...

lifelong red wrote:
Nice to read good sensible and positive post for a change well done.
Anyone remember when it happened before ?
[quote][p][bold]lifelong red[/bold] wrote: Nice to read good sensible and positive post for a change well done.[/p][/quote]Anyone remember when it happened before ? umpcah
  • Score: 4

10:45am Thu 20 Feb 14

fredi says...

Troy one of several small positives despite Monday's disappointment. Future looking much brighter, off field as well. Adam Rooney dispute settled, also one of creditors threatening winding up petition has been paid. Power gradually sorting things out...
Troy one of several small positives despite Monday's disappointment. Future looking much brighter, off field as well. Adam Rooney dispute settled, also one of creditors threatening winding up petition has been paid. Power gradually sorting things out... fredi
  • Score: 15

10:54am Thu 20 Feb 14

lifelong red says...

After reading some of the garbage after the posh game ,how refreshing to read good sensible posts - the lads played their hearts out the other night ,and were a whisker away from taking us to Wembley - we still sit 8th in the table - .great chance still of making the play offs - yet to read some of the previous post , you would think we were sitting several points adrift at the bottom of the table - I dread to think what it would be like if we were.
After reading some of the garbage after the posh game ,how refreshing to read good sensible posts - the lads played their hearts out the other night ,and were a whisker away from taking us to Wembley - we still sit 8th in the table - .great chance still of making the play offs - yet to read some of the previous post , you would think we were sitting several points adrift at the bottom of the table - I dread to think what it would be like if we were. lifelong red
  • Score: 9

10:54am Thu 20 Feb 14

stigger says...

fredi wrote:
Troy one of several small positives despite Monday's disappointment. Future looking much brighter, off field as well. Adam Rooney dispute settled, also one of creditors threatening winding up petition has been paid. Power gradually sorting things out...
Hoping that your sources are correct on this one (track record's pretty good!!), any updates on Comazzi?? On Troy he looks quality to be fair just hope (a) he stays fit and (b) he would be willing to stay on reduced terms as we all know he is on a good wage (remember podgegate!)
[quote][p][bold]fredi[/bold] wrote: Troy one of several small positives despite Monday's disappointment. Future looking much brighter, off field as well. Adam Rooney dispute settled, also one of creditors threatening winding up petition has been paid. Power gradually sorting things out...[/p][/quote]Hoping that your sources are correct on this one (track record's pretty good!!), any updates on Comazzi?? On Troy he looks quality to be fair just hope (a) he stays fit and (b) he would be willing to stay on reduced terms as we all know he is on a good wage (remember podgegate!) stigger
  • Score: 4

11:01am Thu 20 Feb 14

GiulianoGrazioli says...

fraser digby's washbag wrote:
He's got to be one of the best centre backs in division when fit. With his age and experience being mentioned in the article, it does excite me how good some of our youngsters will be over the next 2 years. At 19, I will already predict louis Thompson will play in the premiership. Lots of the team will be older and wiser come next season. Grant hall maybe one we could get on a permanent deal, as he'll continue to improve. At times this season, he's looked very accomplished. At other times, you realise this is still his fist full season playing first team football.
I wouldn't want to play down the thought of L Thompson gracing the highest league...but I think it's still early for that. He has done a great job at the age of 19, but he's not as accomplished as Pritchard, Luongo to name a few.

I hope he does though, and you really can't fault his effort - 110% every game. Been one of my favourite players to watch this year for sure.

Grant Hall - You could well be right on that one, I can't see him moving above League 1 anytime soon...he has done an alright job and also some bad games but if we could tie him up on a 2 year deal with an acceptable wage, coud help to continue to build the foundations the club needs.

I'm interested to see what happens with Jack Barthram, Tijane Reis and some of the other fringe players...maybe Storey will ask to move on? and Ferguson, Waldon, Francis - not heard nothing of them...same with Agombar (Milan Misun) in disguise. There will be a lot of changes but hopefully Power's connections will help and we can tie up some good permanment acquisitions aswell as some good loanees.

Pritchard will be in the Championship, Fods will be subject to bids, Ward will be on his way out, N'Guessan remains a mystery but can do a job...Ranger (well who knows what will happen with him)... exciting end to a season challenging for the play-offs and an exciting re-build coming up this summer! i'm optimistic.
[quote][p][bold]fraser digby's washbag[/bold] wrote: He's got to be one of the best centre backs in division when fit. With his age and experience being mentioned in the article, it does excite me how good some of our youngsters will be over the next 2 years. At 19, I will already predict louis Thompson will play in the premiership. Lots of the team will be older and wiser come next season. Grant hall maybe one we could get on a permanent deal, as he'll continue to improve. At times this season, he's looked very accomplished. At other times, you realise this is still his fist full season playing first team football.[/p][/quote]I wouldn't want to play down the thought of L Thompson gracing the highest league...but I think it's still early for that. He has done a great job at the age of 19, but he's not as accomplished as Pritchard, Luongo to name a few. I hope he does though, and you really can't fault his effort - 110% every game. Been one of my favourite players to watch this year for sure. Grant Hall - You could well be right on that one, I can't see him moving above League 1 anytime soon...he has done an alright job and also some bad games but if we could tie him up on a 2 year deal with an acceptable wage, coud help to continue to build the foundations the club needs. I'm interested to see what happens with Jack Barthram, Tijane Reis and some of the other fringe players...maybe Storey will ask to move on? and Ferguson, Waldon, Francis - not heard nothing of them...same with Agombar (Milan Misun) in disguise. There will be a lot of changes but hopefully Power's connections will help and we can tie up some good permanment acquisitions aswell as some good loanees. Pritchard will be in the Championship, Fods will be subject to bids, Ward will be on his way out, N'Guessan remains a mystery but can do a job...Ranger (well who knows what will happen with him)... exciting end to a season challenging for the play-offs and an exciting re-build coming up this summer! i'm optimistic. GiulianoGrazioli
  • Score: 9

11:27am Thu 20 Feb 14

lifelong red says...

Forgot to mention about troy - yes what a difference he has made - as mentioned above- makes you wonder were we might of been if he had been fit - even wardy has been playing well recently - good point to about young grant hall - I actually thought he was improving prior to his injury. Fredi I hope what you say is true - don't want any more upheavals behind the scenes .
Forgot to mention about troy - yes what a difference he has made - as mentioned above- makes you wonder were we might of been if he had been fit - even wardy has been playing well recently - good point to about young grant hall - I actually thought he was improving prior to his injury. Fredi I hope what you say is true - don't want any more upheavals behind the scenes . lifelong red
  • Score: 6

1:17pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Iouiscassius says...

makes hall n ward look like the non leaguer they r!!!!!!!!!!

:-)))))))))!!!!!!!
makes hall n ward look like the non leaguer they r!!!!!!!!!! :-)))))))))!!!!!!! Iouiscassius
  • Score: -10

1:20pm Thu 20 Feb 14

RamsburyRed says...

London Red wrote:
Believe he is out of contract in the summer - but he may have an option as lots seem to these days . However - like others before we may not want to activate it as he could be on a massive wage and or due a payrise under it . We may want to try and sign him up on reduced terms . We should be in a strong position as he has only played what 12 games in 2 years - so doubt he will have lots lining up to offer him a massive wage
I think you are broadly right, but fear others will have seen enough of his potential in this league to make a better offer than we can, if that's what it comes down to.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Believe he is out of contract in the summer - but he may have an option as lots seem to these days . However - like others before we may not want to activate it as he could be on a massive wage and or due a payrise under it . We may want to try and sign him up on reduced terms . We should be in a strong position as he has only played what 12 games in 2 years - so doubt he will have lots lining up to offer him a massive wage[/p][/quote]I think you are broadly right, but fear others will have seen enough of his potential in this league to make a better offer than we can, if that's what it comes down to. RamsburyRed
  • Score: 1

1:34pm Thu 20 Feb 14

London Red says...

RamsburyRed wrote:
London Red wrote: Believe he is out of contract in the summer - but he may have an option as lots seem to these days . However - like others before we may not want to activate it as he could be on a massive wage and or due a payrise under it . We may want to try and sign him up on reduced terms . We should be in a strong position as he has only played what 12 games in 2 years - so doubt he will have lots lining up to offer him a massive wage
I think you are broadly right, but fear others will have seen enough of his potential in this league to make a better offer than we can, if that's what it comes down to.
Are there really that many in L1 who could afford his reported £3k a week wages?
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If they can - Would many want to risk over £300k on potentially a handful of games?

If that wage is right he has cost us about £20k a game in wages so far!
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Good player and would be a real asset if we could bring his wage down to £1.5-2k level
[quote][p][bold]RamsburyRed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Believe he is out of contract in the summer - but he may have an option as lots seem to these days . However - like others before we may not want to activate it as he could be on a massive wage and or due a payrise under it . We may want to try and sign him up on reduced terms . We should be in a strong position as he has only played what 12 games in 2 years - so doubt he will have lots lining up to offer him a massive wage[/p][/quote]I think you are broadly right, but fear others will have seen enough of his potential in this league to make a better offer than we can, if that's what it comes down to.[/p][/quote]Are there really that many in L1 who could afford his reported £3k a week wages? . If they can - Would many want to risk over £300k on potentially a handful of games? If that wage is right he has cost us about £20k a game in wages so far! . Good player and would be a real asset if we could bring his wage down to £1.5-2k level London Red
  • Score: 0

1:41pm Thu 20 Feb 14

stanharlands6shirt says...

Troy and Tijane spent a long time sat in the stands watching together as they recovered from their respective injuries. It was noticeable that Troy was the first to console Tijan after his penalty miss, and later defend him on Twitter. A real friendship in adversity seems to have developed there.

I suspect if we can keep Troy, along with his footballing ability the kind of attitude in defending/standing up for his fellow team mates, and the respect he appears to already have within the squad, has marked him out as a future Swindon captain if asked.
Like others among us, including Darren Ward, I have waited a long time to watch both Troy AND Tijane play again and have been pleased and impressed by Troys dominance and composure as his game starts to come together.

Tijane's cameo on Monday, although brief, for me looked to be a good start back in the side, the penalty miss aside. I for one hope he gets another chance very quickly and is not left sitting on the bench.

The long drive home to Cornwall Monday night obviously left me disappointed with the evening, but full of hope for the rest of the season on the back of the display from my man of the match, Troy, and Louis Thompson's continued emergence as a potentially very special player, along with, yes Tijan's ability with the ball at his feet... Many may have unjustly slatted him on the night, but for me he looks special..
Good luck to the WHOLE squad for the rest of the season and more "Special Fried Rice" please Mr Cooper.
Troy and Tijane spent a long time sat in the stands watching together as they recovered from their respective injuries. It was noticeable that Troy was the first to console Tijan after his penalty miss, and later defend him on Twitter. A real friendship in adversity seems to have developed there. I suspect if we can keep Troy, along with his footballing ability the kind of attitude in defending/standing up for his fellow team mates, and the respect he appears to already have within the squad, has marked him out as a future Swindon captain if asked. Like others among us, including Darren Ward, I have waited a long time to watch both Troy AND Tijane play again and have been pleased and impressed by Troys dominance and composure as his game starts to come together. Tijane's cameo on Monday, although brief, for me looked to be a good start back in the side, the penalty miss aside. I for one hope he gets another chance very quickly and is not left sitting on the bench. The long drive home to Cornwall Monday night obviously left me disappointed with the evening, but full of hope for the rest of the season on the back of the display from my man of the match, Troy, and Louis Thompson's continued emergence as a potentially very special player, along with, yes Tijan's ability with the ball at his feet... Many may have unjustly slatted him on the night, but for me he looks special.. Good luck to the WHOLE squad for the rest of the season and more "Special Fried Rice" please Mr Cooper. stanharlands6shirt
  • Score: 7

1:46pm Thu 20 Feb 14

RamsburyRed says...

London Red wrote:
RamsburyRed wrote:
London Red wrote: Believe he is out of contract in the summer - but he may have an option as lots seem to these days . However - like others before we may not want to activate it as he could be on a massive wage and or due a payrise under it . We may want to try and sign him up on reduced terms . We should be in a strong position as he has only played what 12 games in 2 years - so doubt he will have lots lining up to offer him a massive wage
I think you are broadly right, but fear others will have seen enough of his potential in this league to make a better offer than we can, if that's what it comes down to.
Are there really that many in L1 who could afford his reported £3k a week wages? . If they can - Would many want to risk over £300k on potentially a handful of games? If that wage is right he has cost us about £20k a game in wages so far! . Good player and would be a real asset if we could bring his wage down to £1.5-2k level
I'm not saying they'll pay him £3k. I'm saying they'll pay him more than we can.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RamsburyRed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Believe he is out of contract in the summer - but he may have an option as lots seem to these days . However - like others before we may not want to activate it as he could be on a massive wage and or due a payrise under it . We may want to try and sign him up on reduced terms . We should be in a strong position as he has only played what 12 games in 2 years - so doubt he will have lots lining up to offer him a massive wage[/p][/quote]I think you are broadly right, but fear others will have seen enough of his potential in this league to make a better offer than we can, if that's what it comes down to.[/p][/quote]Are there really that many in L1 who could afford his reported £3k a week wages? . If they can - Would many want to risk over £300k on potentially a handful of games? If that wage is right he has cost us about £20k a game in wages so far! . Good player and would be a real asset if we could bring his wage down to £1.5-2k level[/p][/quote]I'm not saying they'll pay him £3k. I'm saying they'll pay him more than we can. RamsburyRed
  • Score: 1

3:08pm Thu 20 Feb 14

smirg kcab says...

My motm Monday
My motm Monday smirg kcab
  • Score: -1

3:51pm Thu 20 Feb 14

London Red says...

RamsburyRed wrote:
London Red wrote:
RamsburyRed wrote:
London Red wrote: Believe he is out of contract in the summer - but he may have an option as lots seem to these days . However - like others before we may not want to activate it as he could be on a massive wage and or due a payrise under it . We may want to try and sign him up on reduced terms . We should be in a strong position as he has only played what 12 games in 2 years - so doubt he will have lots lining up to offer him a massive wage
I think you are broadly right, but fear others will have seen enough of his potential in this league to make a better offer than we can, if that's what it comes down to.
Are there really that many in L1 who could afford his reported £3k a week wages? . If they can - Would many want to risk over £300k on potentially a handful of games? If that wage is right he has cost us about £20k a game in wages so far! . Good player and would be a real asset if we could bring his wage down to £1.5-2k level
I'm not saying they'll pay him £3k. I'm saying they'll pay him more than we can.
Fair enough
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Just hope he is like Ward and knows that we are under very different circumstances now and the gravy train is no more!
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If he is settled - yes he will not be as well off as he was over the last couple of years - but he won't be poor either - so could still be a very rich young man and be part of potentially something special
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At 25 he still has 5-8 years left so plenty of time to show he is over the injury and earn a bigger contract to help set him up for life at some point down the line
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We shouldn't be that poor payers anyway - £2.5m is the budget - on a squad of 25 - that is £100k each - so basically £2k a week!
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That should be more than enough for any L1 footballer!!!
[quote][p][bold]RamsburyRed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RamsburyRed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Believe he is out of contract in the summer - but he may have an option as lots seem to these days . However - like others before we may not want to activate it as he could be on a massive wage and or due a payrise under it . We may want to try and sign him up on reduced terms . We should be in a strong position as he has only played what 12 games in 2 years - so doubt he will have lots lining up to offer him a massive wage[/p][/quote]I think you are broadly right, but fear others will have seen enough of his potential in this league to make a better offer than we can, if that's what it comes down to.[/p][/quote]Are there really that many in L1 who could afford his reported £3k a week wages? . If they can - Would many want to risk over £300k on potentially a handful of games? If that wage is right he has cost us about £20k a game in wages so far! . Good player and would be a real asset if we could bring his wage down to £1.5-2k level[/p][/quote]I'm not saying they'll pay him £3k. I'm saying they'll pay him more than we can.[/p][/quote]Fair enough . Just hope he is like Ward and knows that we are under very different circumstances now and the gravy train is no more! . If he is settled - yes he will not be as well off as he was over the last couple of years - but he won't be poor either - so could still be a very rich young man and be part of potentially something special . At 25 he still has 5-8 years left so plenty of time to show he is over the injury and earn a bigger contract to help set him up for life at some point down the line . We shouldn't be that poor payers anyway - £2.5m is the budget - on a squad of 25 - that is £100k each - so basically £2k a week! . That should be more than enough for any L1 footballer!!! London Red
  • Score: 1

4:10pm Thu 20 Feb 14

lifelong red says...

London Red wrote:
RamsburyRed wrote:
London Red wrote:
RamsburyRed wrote:
London Red wrote: Believe he is out of contract in the summer - but he may have an option as lots seem to these days . However - like others before we may not want to activate it as he could be on a massive wage and or due a payrise under it . We may want to try and sign him up on reduced terms . We should be in a strong position as he has only played what 12 games in 2 years - so doubt he will have lots lining up to offer him a massive wage
I think you are broadly right, but fear others will have seen enough of his potential in this league to make a better offer than we can, if that's what it comes down to.
Are there really that many in L1 who could afford his reported £3k a week wages? . If they can - Would many want to risk over £300k on potentially a handful of games? If that wage is right he has cost us about £20k a game in wages so far! . Good player and would be a real asset if we could bring his wage down to £1.5-2k level
I'm not saying they'll pay him £3k. I'm saying they'll pay him more than we can.
Fair enough
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Just hope he is like Ward and knows that we are under very different circumstances now and the gravy train is no more!
.
If he is settled - yes he will not be as well off as he was over the last couple of years - but he won't be poor either - so could still be a very rich young man and be part of potentially something special
.
At 25 he still has 5-8 years left so plenty of time to show he is over the injury and earn a bigger contract to help set him up for life at some point down the line
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We shouldn't be that poor payers anyway - £2.5m is the budget - on a squad of 25 - that is £100k each - so basically £2k a week!
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That should be more than enough for any L1 footballer!!!
But didn't lee power say the budget was being cut again during the close season to 1. 5 million or am I mistaken.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RamsburyRed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RamsburyRed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Believe he is out of contract in the summer - but he may have an option as lots seem to these days . However - like others before we may not want to activate it as he could be on a massive wage and or due a payrise under it . We may want to try and sign him up on reduced terms . We should be in a strong position as he has only played what 12 games in 2 years - so doubt he will have lots lining up to offer him a massive wage[/p][/quote]I think you are broadly right, but fear others will have seen enough of his potential in this league to make a better offer than we can, if that's what it comes down to.[/p][/quote]Are there really that many in L1 who could afford his reported £3k a week wages? . If they can - Would many want to risk over £300k on potentially a handful of games? If that wage is right he has cost us about £20k a game in wages so far! . Good player and would be a real asset if we could bring his wage down to £1.5-2k level[/p][/quote]I'm not saying they'll pay him £3k. I'm saying they'll pay him more than we can.[/p][/quote]Fair enough . Just hope he is like Ward and knows that we are under very different circumstances now and the gravy train is no more! . If he is settled - yes he will not be as well off as he was over the last couple of years - but he won't be poor either - so could still be a very rich young man and be part of potentially something special . At 25 he still has 5-8 years left so plenty of time to show he is over the injury and earn a bigger contract to help set him up for life at some point down the line . We shouldn't be that poor payers anyway - £2.5m is the budget - on a squad of 25 - that is £100k each - so basically £2k a week! . That should be more than enough for any L1 footballer!!![/p][/quote]But didn't lee power say the budget was being cut again during the close season to 1. 5 million or am I mistaken. lifelong red
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5:21pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Bassett Hound says...

London Red wrote:
Believe he is out of contract in the summer - but he may have an option as lots seem to these days
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However - like others before we may not want to activate it as he could be on a massive wage and or due a payrise under it
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We may want to try and sign him up on reduced terms
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We should be in a strong position as he has only played what 12 games in 2 years - so doubt he will have lots lining up to offer him a massive wage
I thought PDC signed him on a 3 year deal.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Believe he is out of contract in the summer - but he may have an option as lots seem to these days . However - like others before we may not want to activate it as he could be on a massive wage and or due a payrise under it . We may want to try and sign him up on reduced terms . We should be in a strong position as he has only played what 12 games in 2 years - so doubt he will have lots lining up to offer him a massive wage[/p][/quote]I thought PDC signed him on a 3 year deal. Bassett Hound
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9:44pm Thu 20 Feb 14

London Red says...

It was only 2 years

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It was only 2 years http://www.bbc.co.uk /sport/0/football/18 598270 London Red
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10:40pm Thu 20 Feb 14

MidlandRobin says...

Iouiscassius wrote:
makes hall n ward look like the non leaguer they r!!!!!!!!!!

:-)))))))))!!!!!!!
All this talk of Hall reminds me of a game over Christmas, Dorchester Town vs Eastleigh in the Skrill Southern conference. And guess who was playing at centre half at Eastleigh... Will Evans.

Not much to choose between him and Grant Hall in my view. Food for thought.

I agree with you Louis, Hall is no better than non league football. Rather than all this contact talk about Hall, I would rather that he be sent back to Spurs. Then let's recruit a decent young centre half in the Summer...

MR
[quote][p][bold]Iouiscassius[/bold] wrote: makes hall n ward look like the non leaguer they r!!!!!!!!!! :-)))))))))!!!!!!![/p][/quote]All this talk of Hall reminds me of a game over Christmas, Dorchester Town vs Eastleigh in the Skrill Southern conference. And guess who was playing at centre half at Eastleigh... Will Evans. Not much to choose between him and Grant Hall in my view. Food for thought. I agree with you Louis, Hall is no better than non league football. Rather than all this contact talk about Hall, I would rather that he be sent back to Spurs. Then let's recruit a decent young centre half in the Summer... MR MidlandRobin
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