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Defender Nathan stresses importance of Town keeping their squad together over the summer

Swindon Advertiser: Town midfielder Nathan Byrne Town midfielder Nathan Byrne

NATHAN Byrne has stressed how important it is for Swindon Town to retain the core of their first team over the summer, despite inevitable interest in the Robins players during the off-season.

Byrne, who played 43 times for Town in 2013/14 after arriving from Tottenham Hotspur over the summer, expects the next three months to be filled with rumours and gossip, as other clubs sniff around the members of the Swindon squad who have impressed during the campaign.

However, having experienced the difficulty of dealing with a mass turnaround in playing staff at the club last season, the 21-year-old has emphasised the need, if at all possible, for Town to hang onto the likes of Wes Foderingham, Massimo Luongo and Yaser Kasim, who will most likely form the spine of the Swindon team next term.

Byrne told the Advertiser: “There will always be rumours or sniffs from other clubs for all of the boys. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

“It is important that we do keep the core of the team and hopefully the money being offered to our players is not good enough for them to leave. We’ll have to wait and see.

“I think a lot more lads will be staying this year than last year. When I came back after being on loan last year I came into a group where I knew about five lads from last season. That was tough and it’s been the same for the new boys coming in. It’s hard to adapt to a team with so many changes.

“I think there’ll be a stronger core next season and hopefully we can bring some more boys in to strengthen.”

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6:47am Tue 6 May 14

dazzastfc says...

I thought everyone was staying as Cooper said every time we lost that this was a young work in progress team ??????????????????
I thought everyone was staying as Cooper said every time we lost that this was a young work in progress team ?????????????????? dazzastfc
  • Score: -37

6:55am Tue 6 May 14

RogerJ1969 says...

dazzastfc wrote:
I thought everyone was staying as Cooper said every time we lost that this was a young work in progress team ??????????????????
You've started early, try to think evolution of the club and team.
[quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: I thought everyone was staying as Cooper said every time we lost that this was a young work in progress team ??????????????????[/p][/quote]You've started early, try to think evolution of the club and team. RogerJ1969
  • Score: 7

7:18am Tue 6 May 14

Paul12001 says...

I think we will have to wait and see how things pan out as it's hard to tell at such an early stage. It's been a good season with all that's gone on but I think it's going to be hard to move it forward too much if at all next season if the budget is being cut again as it appears it is. Although as fans on one hand we will be frustrated by this as obviously we all want to see a winning team at the top of the league, we want to see a team playing at the County Ground, full-stop. The process Mr Power is going through of trying to make the club more sustainable is the right one for the long-term future of the club and we as fans need to be patient with this and not have too high our expectations what can be achieved on the pitch in the meantime.

The simple fact is that "most" teams sat at the top of the various leagues across the world have the bigger budgets therefore get the top quality players to deliver their results. If we don't have that sort of money it will be a case of signing some players that are "gambles" in some respects, they might come off and do really well or they may falter.

Let's just be patient, not panic if we don't see too much activity straight away because there are no points won or lost in May, June or July.

Let's remember that the long term future of the club is the most important aspect.

My season ticket has been bought and I look forward positively to supporting my home town club hopefully for years to come.
I think we will have to wait and see how things pan out as it's hard to tell at such an early stage. It's been a good season with all that's gone on but I think it's going to be hard to move it forward too much if at all next season if the budget is being cut again as it appears it is. Although as fans on one hand we will be frustrated by this as obviously we all want to see a winning team at the top of the league, we want to see a team playing at the County Ground, full-stop. The process Mr Power is going through of trying to make the club more sustainable is the right one for the long-term future of the club and we as fans need to be patient with this and not have too high our expectations what can be achieved on the pitch in the meantime. The simple fact is that "most" teams sat at the top of the various leagues across the world have the bigger budgets therefore get the top quality players to deliver their results. If we don't have that sort of money it will be a case of signing some players that are "gambles" in some respects, they might come off and do really well or they may falter. Let's just be patient, not panic if we don't see too much activity straight away because there are no points won or lost in May, June or July. Let's remember that the long term future of the club is the most important aspect. My season ticket has been bought and I look forward positively to supporting my home town club hopefully for years to come. Paul12001
  • Score: 47

7:41am Tue 6 May 14

Stickshaker says...

First Up : Turley and/or Norwood from Forest Green Rovers.
First Up : Turley and/or Norwood from Forest Green Rovers. Stickshaker
  • Score: -8

8:05am Tue 6 May 14

you gots ta be kidding me says...

Paul12001 wrote:
I think we will have to wait and see how things pan out as it's hard to tell at such an early stage. It's been a good season with all that's gone on but I think it's going to be hard to move it forward too much if at all next season if the budget is being cut again as it appears it is. Although as fans on one hand we will be frustrated by this as obviously we all want to see a winning team at the top of the league, we want to see a team playing at the County Ground, full-stop. The process Mr Power is going through of trying to make the club more sustainable is the right one for the long-term future of the club and we as fans need to be patient with this and not have too high our expectations what can be achieved on the pitch in the meantime. The simple fact is that "most" teams sat at the top of the various leagues across the world have the bigger budgets therefore get the top quality players to deliver their results. If we don't have that sort of money it will be a case of signing some players that are "gambles" in some respects, they might come off and do really well or they may falter. Let's just be patient, not panic if we don't see too much activity straight away because there are no points won or lost in May, June or July. Let's remember that the long term future of the club is the most important aspect. My season ticket has been bought and I look forward positively to supporting my home town club hopefully for years to come.
Paul I have also renewed both of my season tickets, but it was a close run thing, I was seriously considering taking a year off when we had the dire three months in the middle, I just didn't want to watch training ground boring football with nothing up front, god I was so bored watching them, but since we have gone a bit more direct again we look a decent team.

Still dont know what next year will bring !!!
[quote][p][bold]Paul12001[/bold] wrote: I think we will have to wait and see how things pan out as it's hard to tell at such an early stage. It's been a good season with all that's gone on but I think it's going to be hard to move it forward too much if at all next season if the budget is being cut again as it appears it is. Although as fans on one hand we will be frustrated by this as obviously we all want to see a winning team at the top of the league, we want to see a team playing at the County Ground, full-stop. The process Mr Power is going through of trying to make the club more sustainable is the right one for the long-term future of the club and we as fans need to be patient with this and not have too high our expectations what can be achieved on the pitch in the meantime. The simple fact is that "most" teams sat at the top of the various leagues across the world have the bigger budgets therefore get the top quality players to deliver their results. If we don't have that sort of money it will be a case of signing some players that are "gambles" in some respects, they might come off and do really well or they may falter. Let's just be patient, not panic if we don't see too much activity straight away because there are no points won or lost in May, June or July. Let's remember that the long term future of the club is the most important aspect. My season ticket has been bought and I look forward positively to supporting my home town club hopefully for years to come.[/p][/quote]Paul I have also renewed both of my season tickets, but it was a close run thing, I was seriously considering taking a year off when we had the dire three months in the middle, I just didn't want to watch training ground boring football with nothing up front, god I was so bored watching them, but since we have gone a bit more direct again we look a decent team. Still dont know what next year will bring !!! you gots ta be kidding me
  • Score: 6

8:28am Tue 6 May 14

who am i says...

dazzastfc wrote:
I thought everyone was staying as Cooper said every time we lost that this was a young work in progress team ??????????????????
well then dazz you were fooled like a lot of fans on here. not me ive been saying this for the last 3 months. yopu can fool some some of the time but you cant fool all all of the time. as ive said numerous times im all for sustainability but it doesnt help when you get from the manager and owner that we will be pujshing for promotion because next season the young lads we have will have had a season under their belt. when its clear to most that we will be rebuilding again. all i ask is for the powers that be to tell the truth. i have also renewed my season ticket after long and hard thought next season will be the acid test for me this could well be my last season as a ticket holder.
[quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: I thought everyone was staying as Cooper said every time we lost that this was a young work in progress team ??????????????????[/p][/quote]well then dazz you were fooled like a lot of fans on here. not me ive been saying this for the last 3 months. yopu can fool some some of the time but you cant fool all all of the time. as ive said numerous times im all for sustainability but it doesnt help when you get from the manager and owner that we will be pujshing for promotion because next season the young lads we have will have had a season under their belt. when its clear to most that we will be rebuilding again. all i ask is for the powers that be to tell the truth. i have also renewed my season ticket after long and hard thought next season will be the acid test for me this could well be my last season as a ticket holder. who am i
  • Score: -11

8:37am Tue 6 May 14

uruguay whitey the red says...

the club has no idea who is in charge let alone keeping or signing players!,if lee power goes then the spurs links broken and if potless scrounger jeds here then god only knows!!!
the club has no idea who is in charge let alone keeping or signing players!,if lee power goes then the spurs links broken and if potless scrounger jeds here then god only knows!!! uruguay whitey the red
  • Score: 8

11:35am Tue 6 May 14

LeGod says...

We are stuffed at the moment doing anything until this situation is sorted out with cowboy Jed and his gang of gangsters.
I would hope we can keep the nucleus of the team together with additions we need to move us forward as lets face it this team has performed well this season as a lot of them have had their first season in league football. We have lost some stupid games and given so many poor goals away this season in fact I think its 59 in total which is really poor but having said that for us to end up 8th is still a good return as I think most fans though we would struggle with a team that was thrown together a couple of weeks before the start of the season.
If we can keep Troy and it would be great to get Stephens back as we look so much more solid with that partnership and a good experienced replacement for Jay who i'm sorry to see leave but obviously money was the key reason there but we have to move on and im sure we will get an adequate replacement.
A striker is also key and physical midfield player and a wide player with pace.
I can see probably Wes moving on in the summer as I think we will cash in one at least one player as money is tight and with this on going saga with Jed it may be we will have to do that anyway unless some additional directors that Power has lined up come in as long as its not Jed and his bunch of money grabbers as they will be taking money out not putting it in.
All in all I think MC has learnt a lot this season and a lot of the players in their first season will also have had a great experience from this season and can only put them in good stead moving forward.
We are stuffed at the moment doing anything until this situation is sorted out with cowboy Jed and his gang of gangsters. I would hope we can keep the nucleus of the team together with additions we need to move us forward as lets face it this team has performed well this season as a lot of them have had their first season in league football. We have lost some stupid games and given so many poor goals away this season in fact I think its 59 in total which is really poor but having said that for us to end up 8th is still a good return as I think most fans though we would struggle with a team that was thrown together a couple of weeks before the start of the season. If we can keep Troy and it would be great to get Stephens back as we look so much more solid with that partnership and a good experienced replacement for Jay who i'm sorry to see leave but obviously money was the key reason there but we have to move on and im sure we will get an adequate replacement. A striker is also key and physical midfield player and a wide player with pace. I can see probably Wes moving on in the summer as I think we will cash in one at least one player as money is tight and with this on going saga with Jed it may be we will have to do that anyway unless some additional directors that Power has lined up come in as long as its not Jed and his bunch of money grabbers as they will be taking money out not putting it in. All in all I think MC has learnt a lot this season and a lot of the players in their first season will also have had a great experience from this season and can only put them in good stead moving forward. LeGod
  • Score: 10

12:15pm Tue 6 May 14

ShearerShearer says...

Off topic - but what a farce "Kick To Win" turned out to be.

All season, hopefuls have been trying to kick the ball through the hole to "go into a draw at the end of the season with a chance to win a Mercedes..."

Some "chance" that turned out to be as the "winner" had one chance to hit the crossbar from the centre spot!
Off topic - but what a farce "Kick To Win" turned out to be. All season, hopefuls have been trying to kick the ball through the hole to "go into a draw at the end of the season with a chance to win a Mercedes..." Some "chance" that turned out to be as the "winner" had one chance to hit the crossbar from the centre spot! ShearerShearer
  • Score: 11

12:24pm Tue 6 May 14

umpcah says...

ShearerShearer wrote:
Off topic - but what a farce "Kick To Win" turned out to be.

All season, hopefuls have been trying to kick the ball through the hole to "go into a draw at the end of the season with a chance to win a Mercedes..."

Some "chance" that turned out to be as the "winner" had one chance to hit the crossbar from the centre spot!
Further off the main topic, when I went to the recent Reading v Bolton game there were a couple of similar " Kick to Win " sideshows outside for supporters to amuse themselves before entering the ground. I don't know what prizes could be won but am fairly sure that after expenses were met the remainder was donated to the Club coffers. Surely an enterprise that could be enquired into by whoever owns STFC ! !
[quote][p][bold]ShearerShearer[/bold] wrote: Off topic - but what a farce "Kick To Win" turned out to be. All season, hopefuls have been trying to kick the ball through the hole to "go into a draw at the end of the season with a chance to win a Mercedes..." Some "chance" that turned out to be as the "winner" had one chance to hit the crossbar from the centre spot![/p][/quote]Further off the main topic, when I went to the recent Reading v Bolton game there were a couple of similar " Kick to Win " sideshows outside for supporters to amuse themselves before entering the ground. I don't know what prizes could be won but am fairly sure that after expenses were met the remainder was donated to the Club coffers. Surely an enterprise that could be enquired into by whoever owns STFC ! ! umpcah
  • Score: 0

12:26pm Tue 6 May 14

MidlandRobin says...

I agree we do have to keep hold of our key players, especially Wes, Troy and The Thompsons. For me these players need to be kept on at all costs and with this is ownership confusion up in the air it's going to be harder to keep hold of these players. However considering if we do lose them to Championship clubs, I have done a little background work myself to find suitable players that could fit in around our core team and some that may replace them, if we lose them...

GOALKEEPERS:
Paul Jones (GK) - Crawley's number one, just been released. Ever present all season, good discipline. He could be a safe pair of hands assuming we lose Wes (fingers firmly crossed we don't!) either way he's a free agent and he'd be a decent replacement IMO.

DEFENDERS:
Andy Butler (CB) - Current Walsall captain, out of contract in the Summer. I believe he would make a fine partner for Troy, strong, good header of the ball, and top leadership qualities. He'd be a real steal if we got him on a free, I've seen him play for Walsall a handful of times this season and I think even if we lost Troy, he'd be a fine replacement, with the hopeful recruitment Stephens for another loan season and that is a top league one CB pairing.

Dean Leacock (CB) - Current Notts captain and out of contract this Summer. Despite their league position, I believe he would be a fine addition to the team, also a leader I have seen him play a couple of times for Notts this season and I have been impressed with his performances. IMO I think he would thrive at a bigger club like Swindon. Good signing on peanuts.

Paul Connolly (RB) - Yes I know this is Nathan's position. But with the possibility of losing him to a Championship club, I believe Paul's experience of the lower leagues would benefit our team. Ex Leeds, Millwall and Plymouth. He is tall, hard and strong something we lack across the whole team, with the exception of maybe Troy, Smith (height) and Stephens (if you count him). Connolly is a free agent, which again means, peanuts.

MIDFIELDERS:
Danny Hollands (CDM) - A fan favourite of the majority last time he joined Swindon on loan. He is currently out of contract in the Summer with the likelihood of being released, he'd surely be welcomed back with open arms. Despite his desire to stay at Portsmouth, I doubt they could afford his wages without him taking a wage cut. A player that would be a real steal on the free, again peanuts.

Frank Moussa (CM) - Already been mentioned as a possible signing by some bloggers recently. 14 goals for struggling a Coventry side this season in all competitions including goal of the season for League One. Frank could be the missing piece of the jigsaw. At the moment we lack a goal scoring midfielder, Luongo, Kasim, Thompson, Harley, Mason and Gladwin have all failed in scoring consistently in front of goal. Moussa is out of contract in the Summer and is expected to leave according to Pressley, we need to sign this man at all costs IMO to even suggest a push for the play offs next season. However I do expect there will be Championship clubs sniffing around for a bargain like Frank...

Liam Lawrence (CM) - The forgotten man. Experience in the Premier league as well as the lower leagues. Lawrence is a man who can pull the strings in midfield. Flair, clever head and experienced. Currently out of contract in the Summer, I believe Barnsley will let him go, if so he'd be a free agent, although wages may be a concern.

Chuks Aneke (CM) - The Yaya Toure of league one. Was on loan at Crewe and looks set for another loan season there for 14/15. But if Cooper sees the potential in the lad, we could land him. 15 league goals from midfield for an average Crewe side, suggests he should be playing for a bigger club...

WINGERS/RM/LMs:
Jon Taylor (RM) - Suggested the other day like Moussa. I've watched Shrewsbury play twice this season and Taylor is definitely a step up from that team. His talent is completely wasted there. Shrews top goalscorer, I'm certain there will be interest in the young lad. Only 21 with over 100 league appearances, he could be decent replacement for Pritchard. Height wise, no difference though ;)

Jamal Campbell Ryce (Wing) - another player's talent wasted at the lower end of league one, He again is a player that should be in a club pushing for promotion and since we've lost McEveley, it looks like Byrne may take on the lead role of LB, leaving a vacancy at LW/LM... With Reis competing for that spot I think we could have a real selection headache on our hands if signed. He amoungst others on this list is out of contract in the Summer.

Myles Weston (Wing) - Out of contract in the summer with Gillingham. Quick n powerful. Aka N'guessan for the wing.

STRIKERS
Callum Wilson (ST) - Currently in a falling Coventry side that would have finished 9th without the deduction. This lad scored 21 league goals last season and he could be a quality partner for Smith next season as we look set for striker signing and ommiting Storey yet again. He was named in League One team of the season, a real achievement for a team that finished in the bottom half.

Matty Tubbs (ST) - Out of favour at Bournemouth, and lets be honest they owe us after Ritchie! Proven goal scorer at league one, what we've needed all season. Scored 8 in 18 since his return to Crawley. Don't think wages would be a problem either.

Lee Miller (ST) - Questionable addition, does have a tendency to get sent off I'll admit. But his goal record for Carlisle speaks for itself. 32 goals in 88 league n FA cup matches. Could be a decent signing on a free (out of contract in the summer). Experienced player in his 30s, could teach Smith a thing or two about how to hit the target.

Scott Hogan (ST) - Untested at league one, would be a punt but he was League 2s second top goalscorer with Rochdale (17), doubt he'd leave a promoted team, but it's worth a shout. Same with Sam Winnall (23) of Scunthorpe.

Rory Fallon (ST) - Released by Crawley. The rest of you can decide if you'd want him back, it's only a suggestion haha...


Thoughts?
I agree we do have to keep hold of our key players, especially Wes, Troy and The Thompsons. For me these players need to be kept on at all costs and with this is ownership confusion up in the air it's going to be harder to keep hold of these players. However considering if we do lose them to Championship clubs, I have done a little background work myself to find suitable players that could fit in around our core team and some that may replace them, if we lose them... GOALKEEPERS: Paul Jones (GK) - Crawley's number one, just been released. Ever present all season, good discipline. He could be a safe pair of hands assuming we lose Wes (fingers firmly crossed we don't!) either way he's a free agent and he'd be a decent replacement IMO. DEFENDERS: Andy Butler (CB) - Current Walsall captain, out of contract in the Summer. I believe he would make a fine partner for Troy, strong, good header of the ball, and top leadership qualities. He'd be a real steal if we got him on a free, I've seen him play for Walsall a handful of times this season and I think even if we lost Troy, he'd be a fine replacement, with the hopeful recruitment Stephens for another loan season and that is a top league one CB pairing. Dean Leacock (CB) - Current Notts captain and out of contract this Summer. Despite their league position, I believe he would be a fine addition to the team, also a leader I have seen him play a couple of times for Notts this season and I have been impressed with his performances. IMO I think he would thrive at a bigger club like Swindon. Good signing on peanuts. Paul Connolly (RB) - Yes I know this is Nathan's position. But with the possibility of losing him to a Championship club, I believe Paul's experience of the lower leagues would benefit our team. Ex Leeds, Millwall and Plymouth. He is tall, hard and strong something we lack across the whole team, with the exception of maybe Troy, Smith (height) and Stephens (if you count him). Connolly is a free agent, which again means, peanuts. MIDFIELDERS: Danny Hollands (CDM) - A fan favourite of the majority last time he joined Swindon on loan. He is currently out of contract in the Summer with the likelihood of being released, he'd surely be welcomed back with open arms. Despite his desire to stay at Portsmouth, I doubt they could afford his wages without him taking a wage cut. A player that would be a real steal on the free, again peanuts. Frank Moussa (CM) - Already been mentioned as a possible signing by some bloggers recently. 14 goals for struggling a Coventry side this season in all competitions including goal of the season for League One. Frank could be the missing piece of the jigsaw. At the moment we lack a goal scoring midfielder, Luongo, Kasim, Thompson, Harley, Mason and Gladwin have all failed in scoring consistently in front of goal. Moussa is out of contract in the Summer and is expected to leave according to Pressley, we need to sign this man at all costs IMO to even suggest a push for the play offs next season. However I do expect there will be Championship clubs sniffing around for a bargain like Frank... Liam Lawrence (CM) - The forgotten man. Experience in the Premier league as well as the lower leagues. Lawrence is a man who can pull the strings in midfield. Flair, clever head and experienced. Currently out of contract in the Summer, I believe Barnsley will let him go, if so he'd be a free agent, although wages may be a concern. Chuks Aneke (CM) - The Yaya Toure of league one. Was on loan at Crewe and looks set for another loan season there for 14/15. But if Cooper sees the potential in the lad, we could land him. 15 league goals from midfield for an average Crewe side, suggests he should be playing for a bigger club... WINGERS/RM/LMs: Jon Taylor (RM) - Suggested the other day like Moussa. I've watched Shrewsbury play twice this season and Taylor is definitely a step up from that team. His talent is completely wasted there. Shrews top goalscorer, I'm certain there will be interest in the young lad. Only 21 with over 100 league appearances, he could be decent replacement for Pritchard. Height wise, no difference though ;) Jamal Campbell Ryce (Wing) - another player's talent wasted at the lower end of league one, He again is a player that should be in a club pushing for promotion and since we've lost McEveley, it looks like Byrne may take on the lead role of LB, leaving a vacancy at LW/LM... With Reis competing for that spot I think we could have a real selection headache on our hands if signed. He amoungst others on this list is out of contract in the Summer. Myles Weston (Wing) - Out of contract in the summer with Gillingham. Quick n powerful. Aka N'guessan for the wing. STRIKERS Callum Wilson (ST) - Currently in a falling Coventry side that would have finished 9th without the deduction. This lad scored 21 league goals last season and he could be a quality partner for Smith next season as we look set for striker signing and ommiting Storey yet again. He was named in League One team of the season, a real achievement for a team that finished in the bottom half. Matty Tubbs (ST) - Out of favour at Bournemouth, and lets be honest they owe us after Ritchie! Proven goal scorer at league one, what we've needed all season. Scored 8 in 18 since his return to Crawley. Don't think wages would be a problem either. Lee Miller (ST) - Questionable addition, does have a tendency to get sent off I'll admit. But his goal record for Carlisle speaks for itself. 32 goals in 88 league n FA cup matches. Could be a decent signing on a free (out of contract in the summer). Experienced player in his 30s, could teach Smith a thing or two about how to hit the target. Scott Hogan (ST) - Untested at league one, would be a punt but he was League 2s second top goalscorer with Rochdale (17), doubt he'd leave a promoted team, but it's worth a shout. Same with Sam Winnall (23) of Scunthorpe. Rory Fallon (ST) - Released by Crawley. The rest of you can decide if you'd want him back, it's only a suggestion haha... Thoughts? MidlandRobin
  • Score: 10

1:16pm Tue 6 May 14

Vintage Trouble says...

Paul12001 wrote:
I think we will have to wait and see how things pan out as it's hard to tell at such an early stage. It's been a good season with all that's gone on but I think it's going to be hard to move it forward too much if at all next season if the budget is being cut again as it appears it is. Although as fans on one hand we will be frustrated by this as obviously we all want to see a winning team at the top of the league, we want to see a team playing at the County Ground, full-stop. The process Mr Power is going through of trying to make the club more sustainable is the right one for the long-term future of the club and we as fans need to be patient with this and not have too high our expectations what can be achieved on the pitch in the meantime. The simple fact is that "most" teams sat at the top of the various leagues across the world have the bigger budgets therefore get the top quality players to deliver their results. If we don't have that sort of money it will be a case of signing some players that are "gambles" in some respects, they might come off and do really well or they may falter. Let's just be patient, not panic if we don't see too much activity straight away because there are no points won or lost in May, June or July. Let's remember that the long term future of the club is the most important aspect. My season ticket has been bought and I look forward positively to supporting my home town club hopefully for years to come.
We had the 8th higest attendence of the league this season, and one of the highest ticket prices. Wolves are going up, and quite possibly Rotherham or Preston, putting us up to 6th highest attendence next season (unless Barnsley, Donny or Yeovil get more than us which is unlikely!). We've reduced our wage bill hugely and the rest of the high earners are now going, leaving the squad unrecognisable from Di Canio's era. Based on your theory of bigger budget higher position, we should be challenging for the top next season! We most certainly will have one of the higher income streams, especially with no "debt" after AB left.
[quote][p][bold]Paul12001[/bold] wrote: I think we will have to wait and see how things pan out as it's hard to tell at such an early stage. It's been a good season with all that's gone on but I think it's going to be hard to move it forward too much if at all next season if the budget is being cut again as it appears it is. Although as fans on one hand we will be frustrated by this as obviously we all want to see a winning team at the top of the league, we want to see a team playing at the County Ground, full-stop. The process Mr Power is going through of trying to make the club more sustainable is the right one for the long-term future of the club and we as fans need to be patient with this and not have too high our expectations what can be achieved on the pitch in the meantime. The simple fact is that "most" teams sat at the top of the various leagues across the world have the bigger budgets therefore get the top quality players to deliver their results. If we don't have that sort of money it will be a case of signing some players that are "gambles" in some respects, they might come off and do really well or they may falter. Let's just be patient, not panic if we don't see too much activity straight away because there are no points won or lost in May, June or July. Let's remember that the long term future of the club is the most important aspect. My season ticket has been bought and I look forward positively to supporting my home town club hopefully for years to come.[/p][/quote]We had the 8th higest attendence of the league this season, and one of the highest ticket prices. Wolves are going up, and quite possibly Rotherham or Preston, putting us up to 6th highest attendence next season (unless Barnsley, Donny or Yeovil get more than us which is unlikely!). We've reduced our wage bill hugely and the rest of the high earners are now going, leaving the squad unrecognisable from Di Canio's era. Based on your theory of bigger budget higher position, we should be challenging for the top next season! We most certainly will have one of the higher income streams, especially with no "debt" after AB left. Vintage Trouble
  • Score: 3

1:26pm Tue 6 May 14

The Jockster says...

MR- can't say I'm familiar with most of those but I'd definitely agree on Aneke he looked quality in the two games v Crewe. The thing is at the moment we are between a rock and a hard place what with the ownership fiasco and the fact that we can reportedly ( Terry Cooper) look forward to the smallest budget in L1,that's assuming BP retains control. If the "haven't got a pot to p!ss in brigade" regain control the you and I might be lacing up our boots which to me equates to there being very little chance of signing decent quality players let alone retain the ones we've got.
MR- can't say I'm familiar with most of those but I'd definitely agree on Aneke he looked quality in the two games v Crewe. The thing is at the moment we are between a rock and a hard place what with the ownership fiasco and the fact that we can reportedly ( Terry Cooper) look forward to the smallest budget in L1,that's assuming BP retains control. If the "haven't got a pot to p!ss in brigade" regain control the you and I might be lacing up our boots which to me equates to there being very little chance of signing decent quality players let alone retain the ones we've got. The Jockster
  • Score: 1

1:57pm Tue 6 May 14

Steve. Brentford says...

RogerJ1969 wrote:
dazzastfc wrote:
I thought everyone was staying as Cooper said every time we lost that this was a young work in progress team ??????????????????
You've started early, try to think evolution of the club and team.
Or better still Daz if Roger believes whats happening is beneficial or as he says evolution of our club then dont be patronising to him(has as he has to you)feel for him after all he supports the same team as us.Also remember, not to believe anything that is said about our club by the custodians of STFC because they wouldnt know the truth if it came up and bite them on the ar5e.

Better season than i thought we would have,i wonder how many of our fans will run down the bookies to place bets on our evolution to the Championship next season,not many if they have any sense. Another season beckons where we will do well to stay where we are.
Well done Town for achieving more than most thought possible.
[quote][p][bold]RogerJ1969[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: I thought everyone was staying as Cooper said every time we lost that this was a young work in progress team ??????????????????[/p][/quote]You've started early, try to think evolution of the club and team.[/p][/quote]Or better still Daz if Roger believes whats happening is beneficial or as he says evolution of our club then dont be patronising to him(has as he has to you)feel for him after all he supports the same team as us.Also remember, not to believe anything that is said about our club by the custodians of STFC because they wouldnt know the truth if it came up and bite them on the ar5e. Better season than i thought we would have,i wonder how many of our fans will run down the bookies to place bets on our evolution to the Championship next season,not many if they have any sense. Another season beckons where we will do well to stay where we are. Well done Town for achieving more than most thought possible. Steve. Brentford
  • Score: 3

2:19pm Tue 6 May 14

MidlandRobin says...

The Jockster wrote:
MR- can't say I'm familiar with most of those but I'd definitely agree on Aneke he looked quality in the two games v Crewe. The thing is at the moment we are between a rock and a hard place what with the ownership fiasco and the fact that we can reportedly ( Terry Cooper) look forward to the smallest budget in L1,that's assuming BP retains control. If the "haven't got a pot to p!ss in brigade" regain control the you and I might be lacing up our boots which to me equates to there being very little chance of signing decent quality players let alone retain the ones we've got.
That's problem /:
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: MR- can't say I'm familiar with most of those but I'd definitely agree on Aneke he looked quality in the two games v Crewe. The thing is at the moment we are between a rock and a hard place what with the ownership fiasco and the fact that we can reportedly ( Terry Cooper) look forward to the smallest budget in L1,that's assuming BP retains control. If the "haven't got a pot to p!ss in brigade" regain control the you and I might be lacing up our boots which to me equates to there being very little chance of signing decent quality players let alone retain the ones we've got.[/p][/quote]That's problem /: MidlandRobin
  • Score: 0

2:20pm Tue 6 May 14

MidlandRobin says...

The problem*
The problem* MidlandRobin
  • Score: -1

2:34pm Tue 6 May 14

LeGod says...

Midland Robin - the key to all those players you have mentioned is what money they are on which is why Jay has left. I would imagine someone like Wilson would be on decent money but who knows. I think the powers that be have stated several times young players are the way forward as they know the wages will be less and if they are successful we cash in and then bring another one through. We do need experience through the spine of the team in my view though. Troy centre back a midfield player and a striker alongside Smith would be ideal but we will have to wait until this P**** Jed clears off for good and until he's gone I've been holding off on my season ticket as I don't trust the bloke as far as I can see him.
Midland Robin - the key to all those players you have mentioned is what money they are on which is why Jay has left. I would imagine someone like Wilson would be on decent money but who knows. I think the powers that be have stated several times young players are the way forward as they know the wages will be less and if they are successful we cash in and then bring another one through. We do need experience through the spine of the team in my view though. Troy centre back a midfield player and a striker alongside Smith would be ideal but we will have to wait until this P**** Jed clears off for good and until he's gone I've been holding off on my season ticket as I don't trust the bloke as far as I can see him. LeGod
  • Score: 0

5:23pm Tue 6 May 14

dazzastfc says...

Steve. Brentford wrote:
RogerJ1969 wrote:
dazzastfc wrote:
I thought everyone was staying as Cooper said every time we lost that this was a young work in progress team ??????????????????
You've started early, try to think evolution of the club and team.
Or better still Daz if Roger believes whats happening is beneficial or as he says evolution of our club then dont be patronising to him(has as he has to you)feel for him after all he supports the same team as us.Also remember, not to believe anything that is said about our club by the custodians of STFC because they wouldnt know the truth if it came up and bite them on the ar5e.

Better season than i thought we would have,i wonder how many of our fans will run down the bookies to place bets on our evolution to the Championship next season,not many if they have any sense. Another season beckons where we will do well to stay where we are.
Well done Town for achieving more than most thought possible.
Hello mate hows things.......
What i wont to know is WHY I GOT 29 dislikes THERE ARE SOME REAL BRAIN DEADS on here...
After all im sure cooper said it every time we lost...ha ha...

I know what is is THEY ALL THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN...
DONKEYHEADS
[quote][p][bold]Steve. Brentford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RogerJ1969[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: I thought everyone was staying as Cooper said every time we lost that this was a young work in progress team ??????????????????[/p][/quote]You've started early, try to think evolution of the club and team.[/p][/quote]Or better still Daz if Roger believes whats happening is beneficial or as he says evolution of our club then dont be patronising to him(has as he has to you)feel for him after all he supports the same team as us.Also remember, not to believe anything that is said about our club by the custodians of STFC because they wouldnt know the truth if it came up and bite them on the ar5e. Better season than i thought we would have,i wonder how many of our fans will run down the bookies to place bets on our evolution to the Championship next season,not many if they have any sense. Another season beckons where we will do well to stay where we are. Well done Town for achieving more than most thought possible.[/p][/quote]Hello mate hows things....... What i wont to know is WHY I GOT 29 dislikes THERE ARE SOME REAL BRAIN DEADS on here... After all im sure cooper said it every time we lost...ha ha... I know what is is THEY ALL THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN... DONKEYHEADS dazzastfc
  • Score: -1

6:04pm Tue 6 May 14

Bassett Hound says...

Congratulations to our own Wootton Bassett boy Aidy Vivash, team manager of the Chelsea team that won the FA youth cup beating Fulham in the final.

Perhaps we will see some Chelsea players on loan next season.
Congratulations to our own Wootton Bassett boy Aidy Vivash, team manager of the Chelsea team that won the FA youth cup beating Fulham in the final. Perhaps we will see some Chelsea players on loan next season. Bassett Hound
  • Score: 2

7:39pm Tue 6 May 14

ciclosporindorset says...

If TAH signs up with Barthram, Walden, Branco on extensions I think you will find that's 20, unless we sell. Little point in having unrealistic ideas, loans will be the order of the day.
If TAH signs up with Barthram, Walden, Branco on extensions I think you will find that's 20, unless we sell. Little point in having unrealistic ideas, loans will be the order of the day. ciclosporindorset
  • Score: 0

8:26pm Tue 6 May 14

Wilesy says...

MidlandRobin wrote:
I agree we do have to keep hold of our key players, especially Wes, Troy and The Thompsons. For me these players need to be kept on at all costs and with this is ownership confusion up in the air it's going to be harder to keep hold of these players. However considering if we do lose them to Championship clubs, I have done a little background work myself to find suitable players that could fit in around our core team and some that may replace them, if we lose them...

GOALKEEPERS:
Paul Jones (GK) - Crawley's number one, just been released. Ever present all season, good discipline. He could be a safe pair of hands assuming we lose Wes (fingers firmly crossed we don't!) either way he's a free agent and he'd be a decent replacement IMO.

DEFENDERS:
Andy Butler (CB) - Current Walsall captain, out of contract in the Summer. I believe he would make a fine partner for Troy, strong, good header of the ball, and top leadership qualities. He'd be a real steal if we got him on a free, I've seen him play for Walsall a handful of times this season and I think even if we lost Troy, he'd be a fine replacement, with the hopeful recruitment Stephens for another loan season and that is a top league one CB pairing.

Dean Leacock (CB) - Current Notts captain and out of contract this Summer. Despite their league position, I believe he would be a fine addition to the team, also a leader I have seen him play a couple of times for Notts this season and I have been impressed with his performances. IMO I think he would thrive at a bigger club like Swindon. Good signing on peanuts.

Paul Connolly (RB) - Yes I know this is Nathan's position. But with the possibility of losing him to a Championship club, I believe Paul's experience of the lower leagues would benefit our team. Ex Leeds, Millwall and Plymouth. He is tall, hard and strong something we lack across the whole team, with the exception of maybe Troy, Smith (height) and Stephens (if you count him). Connolly is a free agent, which again means, peanuts.

MIDFIELDERS:
Danny Hollands (CDM) - A fan favourite of the majority last time he joined Swindon on loan. He is currently out of contract in the Summer with the likelihood of being released, he'd surely be welcomed back with open arms. Despite his desire to stay at Portsmouth, I doubt they could afford his wages without him taking a wage cut. A player that would be a real steal on the free, again peanuts.

Frank Moussa (CM) - Already been mentioned as a possible signing by some bloggers recently. 14 goals for struggling a Coventry side this season in all competitions including goal of the season for League One. Frank could be the missing piece of the jigsaw. At the moment we lack a goal scoring midfielder, Luongo, Kasim, Thompson, Harley, Mason and Gladwin have all failed in scoring consistently in front of goal. Moussa is out of contract in the Summer and is expected to leave according to Pressley, we need to sign this man at all costs IMO to even suggest a push for the play offs next season. However I do expect there will be Championship clubs sniffing around for a bargain like Frank...

Liam Lawrence (CM) - The forgotten man. Experience in the Premier league as well as the lower leagues. Lawrence is a man who can pull the strings in midfield. Flair, clever head and experienced. Currently out of contract in the Summer, I believe Barnsley will let him go, if so he'd be a free agent, although wages may be a concern.

Chuks Aneke (CM) - The Yaya Toure of league one. Was on loan at Crewe and looks set for another loan season there for 14/15. But if Cooper sees the potential in the lad, we could land him. 15 league goals from midfield for an average Crewe side, suggests he should be playing for a bigger club...

WINGERS/RM/LMs:
Jon Taylor (RM) - Suggested the other day like Moussa. I've watched Shrewsbury play twice this season and Taylor is definitely a step up from that team. His talent is completely wasted there. Shrews top goalscorer, I'm certain there will be interest in the young lad. Only 21 with over 100 league appearances, he could be decent replacement for Pritchard. Height wise, no difference though ;)

Jamal Campbell Ryce (Wing) - another player's talent wasted at the lower end of league one, He again is a player that should be in a club pushing for promotion and since we've lost McEveley, it looks like Byrne may take on the lead role of LB, leaving a vacancy at LW/LM... With Reis competing for that spot I think we could have a real selection headache on our hands if signed. He amoungst others on this list is out of contract in the Summer.

Myles Weston (Wing) - Out of contract in the summer with Gillingham. Quick n powerful. Aka N'guessan for the wing.

STRIKERS
Callum Wilson (ST) - Currently in a falling Coventry side that would have finished 9th without the deduction. This lad scored 21 league goals last season and he could be a quality partner for Smith next season as we look set for striker signing and ommiting Storey yet again. He was named in League One team of the season, a real achievement for a team that finished in the bottom half.

Matty Tubbs (ST) - Out of favour at Bournemouth, and lets be honest they owe us after Ritchie! Proven goal scorer at league one, what we've needed all season. Scored 8 in 18 since his return to Crawley. Don't think wages would be a problem either.

Lee Miller (ST) - Questionable addition, does have a tendency to get sent off I'll admit. But his goal record for Carlisle speaks for itself. 32 goals in 88 league n FA cup matches. Could be a decent signing on a free (out of contract in the summer). Experienced player in his 30s, could teach Smith a thing or two about how to hit the target.

Scott Hogan (ST) - Untested at league one, would be a punt but he was League 2s second top goalscorer with Rochdale (17), doubt he'd leave a promoted team, but it's worth a shout. Same with Sam Winnall (23) of Scunthorpe.

Rory Fallon (ST) - Released by Crawley. The rest of you can decide if you'd want him back, it's only a suggestion haha...


Thoughts?
Good post MR, most of those would be good although not sure many of the experienced ones would fit within our budget. Butler, Moussa and Wilson probably first choice in each position from those listed
[quote][p][bold]MidlandRobin[/bold] wrote: I agree we do have to keep hold of our key players, especially Wes, Troy and The Thompsons. For me these players need to be kept on at all costs and with this is ownership confusion up in the air it's going to be harder to keep hold of these players. However considering if we do lose them to Championship clubs, I have done a little background work myself to find suitable players that could fit in around our core team and some that may replace them, if we lose them... GOALKEEPERS: Paul Jones (GK) - Crawley's number one, just been released. Ever present all season, good discipline. He could be a safe pair of hands assuming we lose Wes (fingers firmly crossed we don't!) either way he's a free agent and he'd be a decent replacement IMO. DEFENDERS: Andy Butler (CB) - Current Walsall captain, out of contract in the Summer. I believe he would make a fine partner for Troy, strong, good header of the ball, and top leadership qualities. He'd be a real steal if we got him on a free, I've seen him play for Walsall a handful of times this season and I think even if we lost Troy, he'd be a fine replacement, with the hopeful recruitment Stephens for another loan season and that is a top league one CB pairing. Dean Leacock (CB) - Current Notts captain and out of contract this Summer. Despite their league position, I believe he would be a fine addition to the team, also a leader I have seen him play a couple of times for Notts this season and I have been impressed with his performances. IMO I think he would thrive at a bigger club like Swindon. Good signing on peanuts. Paul Connolly (RB) - Yes I know this is Nathan's position. But with the possibility of losing him to a Championship club, I believe Paul's experience of the lower leagues would benefit our team. Ex Leeds, Millwall and Plymouth. He is tall, hard and strong something we lack across the whole team, with the exception of maybe Troy, Smith (height) and Stephens (if you count him). Connolly is a free agent, which again means, peanuts. MIDFIELDERS: Danny Hollands (CDM) - A fan favourite of the majority last time he joined Swindon on loan. He is currently out of contract in the Summer with the likelihood of being released, he'd surely be welcomed back with open arms. Despite his desire to stay at Portsmouth, I doubt they could afford his wages without him taking a wage cut. A player that would be a real steal on the free, again peanuts. Frank Moussa (CM) - Already been mentioned as a possible signing by some bloggers recently. 14 goals for struggling a Coventry side this season in all competitions including goal of the season for League One. Frank could be the missing piece of the jigsaw. At the moment we lack a goal scoring midfielder, Luongo, Kasim, Thompson, Harley, Mason and Gladwin have all failed in scoring consistently in front of goal. Moussa is out of contract in the Summer and is expected to leave according to Pressley, we need to sign this man at all costs IMO to even suggest a push for the play offs next season. However I do expect there will be Championship clubs sniffing around for a bargain like Frank... Liam Lawrence (CM) - The forgotten man. Experience in the Premier league as well as the lower leagues. Lawrence is a man who can pull the strings in midfield. Flair, clever head and experienced. Currently out of contract in the Summer, I believe Barnsley will let him go, if so he'd be a free agent, although wages may be a concern. Chuks Aneke (CM) - The Yaya Toure of league one. Was on loan at Crewe and looks set for another loan season there for 14/15. But if Cooper sees the potential in the lad, we could land him. 15 league goals from midfield for an average Crewe side, suggests he should be playing for a bigger club... WINGERS/RM/LMs: Jon Taylor (RM) - Suggested the other day like Moussa. I've watched Shrewsbury play twice this season and Taylor is definitely a step up from that team. His talent is completely wasted there. Shrews top goalscorer, I'm certain there will be interest in the young lad. Only 21 with over 100 league appearances, he could be decent replacement for Pritchard. Height wise, no difference though ;) Jamal Campbell Ryce (Wing) - another player's talent wasted at the lower end of league one, He again is a player that should be in a club pushing for promotion and since we've lost McEveley, it looks like Byrne may take on the lead role of LB, leaving a vacancy at LW/LM... With Reis competing for that spot I think we could have a real selection headache on our hands if signed. He amoungst others on this list is out of contract in the Summer. Myles Weston (Wing) - Out of contract in the summer with Gillingham. Quick n powerful. Aka N'guessan for the wing. STRIKERS Callum Wilson (ST) - Currently in a falling Coventry side that would have finished 9th without the deduction. This lad scored 21 league goals last season and he could be a quality partner for Smith next season as we look set for striker signing and ommiting Storey yet again. He was named in League One team of the season, a real achievement for a team that finished in the bottom half. Matty Tubbs (ST) - Out of favour at Bournemouth, and lets be honest they owe us after Ritchie! Proven goal scorer at league one, what we've needed all season. Scored 8 in 18 since his return to Crawley. Don't think wages would be a problem either. Lee Miller (ST) - Questionable addition, does have a tendency to get sent off I'll admit. But his goal record for Carlisle speaks for itself. 32 goals in 88 league n FA cup matches. Could be a decent signing on a free (out of contract in the summer). Experienced player in his 30s, could teach Smith a thing or two about how to hit the target. Scott Hogan (ST) - Untested at league one, would be a punt but he was League 2s second top goalscorer with Rochdale (17), doubt he'd leave a promoted team, but it's worth a shout. Same with Sam Winnall (23) of Scunthorpe. Rory Fallon (ST) - Released by Crawley. The rest of you can decide if you'd want him back, it's only a suggestion haha... Thoughts?[/p][/quote]Good post MR, most of those would be good although not sure many of the experienced ones would fit within our budget. Butler, Moussa and Wilson probably first choice in each position from those listed Wilesy
  • Score: 0

8:53pm Tue 6 May 14

old town robin says...

MidlandRobin wrote:
I agree we do have to keep hold of our key players, especially Wes, Troy and The Thompsons. For me these players need to be kept on at all costs and with this is ownership confusion up in the air it's going to be harder to keep hold of these players. However considering if we do lose them to Championship clubs, I have done a little background work myself to find suitable players that could fit in around our core team and some that may replace them, if we lose them...

GOALKEEPERS:
Paul Jones (GK) - Crawley's number one, just been released. Ever present all season, good discipline. He could be a safe pair of hands assuming we lose Wes (fingers firmly crossed we don't!) either way he's a free agent and he'd be a decent replacement IMO.

DEFENDERS:
Andy Butler (CB) - Current Walsall captain, out of contract in the Summer. I believe he would make a fine partner for Troy, strong, good header of the ball, and top leadership qualities. He'd be a real steal if we got him on a free, I've seen him play for Walsall a handful of times this season and I think even if we lost Troy, he'd be a fine replacement, with the hopeful recruitment Stephens for another loan season and that is a top league one CB pairing.

Dean Leacock (CB) - Current Notts captain and out of contract this Summer. Despite their league position, I believe he would be a fine addition to the team, also a leader I have seen him play a couple of times for Notts this season and I have been impressed with his performances. IMO I think he would thrive at a bigger club like Swindon. Good signing on peanuts.

Paul Connolly (RB) - Yes I know this is Nathan's position. But with the possibility of losing him to a Championship club, I believe Paul's experience of the lower leagues would benefit our team. Ex Leeds, Millwall and Plymouth. He is tall, hard and strong something we lack across the whole team, with the exception of maybe Troy, Smith (height) and Stephens (if you count him). Connolly is a free agent, which again means, peanuts.

MIDFIELDERS:
Danny Hollands (CDM) - A fan favourite of the majority last time he joined Swindon on loan. He is currently out of contract in the Summer with the likelihood of being released, he'd surely be welcomed back with open arms. Despite his desire to stay at Portsmouth, I doubt they could afford his wages without him taking a wage cut. A player that would be a real steal on the free, again peanuts.

Frank Moussa (CM) - Already been mentioned as a possible signing by some bloggers recently. 14 goals for struggling a Coventry side this season in all competitions including goal of the season for League One. Frank could be the missing piece of the jigsaw. At the moment we lack a goal scoring midfielder, Luongo, Kasim, Thompson, Harley, Mason and Gladwin have all failed in scoring consistently in front of goal. Moussa is out of contract in the Summer and is expected to leave according to Pressley, we need to sign this man at all costs IMO to even suggest a push for the play offs next season. However I do expect there will be Championship clubs sniffing around for a bargain like Frank...

Liam Lawrence (CM) - The forgotten man. Experience in the Premier league as well as the lower leagues. Lawrence is a man who can pull the strings in midfield. Flair, clever head and experienced. Currently out of contract in the Summer, I believe Barnsley will let him go, if so he'd be a free agent, although wages may be a concern.

Chuks Aneke (CM) - The Yaya Toure of league one. Was on loan at Crewe and looks set for another loan season there for 14/15. But if Cooper sees the potential in the lad, we could land him. 15 league goals from midfield for an average Crewe side, suggests he should be playing for a bigger club...

WINGERS/RM/LMs:
Jon Taylor (RM) - Suggested the other day like Moussa. I've watched Shrewsbury play twice this season and Taylor is definitely a step up from that team. His talent is completely wasted there. Shrews top goalscorer, I'm certain there will be interest in the young lad. Only 21 with over 100 league appearances, he could be decent replacement for Pritchard. Height wise, no difference though ;)

Jamal Campbell Ryce (Wing) - another player's talent wasted at the lower end of league one, He again is a player that should be in a club pushing for promotion and since we've lost McEveley, it looks like Byrne may take on the lead role of LB, leaving a vacancy at LW/LM... With Reis competing for that spot I think we could have a real selection headache on our hands if signed. He amoungst others on this list is out of contract in the Summer.

Myles Weston (Wing) - Out of contract in the summer with Gillingham. Quick n powerful. Aka N'guessan for the wing.

STRIKERS
Callum Wilson (ST) - Currently in a falling Coventry side that would have finished 9th without the deduction. This lad scored 21 league goals last season and he could be a quality partner for Smith next season as we look set for striker signing and ommiting Storey yet again. He was named in League One team of the season, a real achievement for a team that finished in the bottom half.

Matty Tubbs (ST) - Out of favour at Bournemouth, and lets be honest they owe us after Ritchie! Proven goal scorer at league one, what we've needed all season. Scored 8 in 18 since his return to Crawley. Don't think wages would be a problem either.

Lee Miller (ST) - Questionable addition, does have a tendency to get sent off I'll admit. But his goal record for Carlisle speaks for itself. 32 goals in 88 league n FA cup matches. Could be a decent signing on a free (out of contract in the summer). Experienced player in his 30s, could teach Smith a thing or two about how to hit the target.

Scott Hogan (ST) - Untested at league one, would be a punt but he was League 2s second top goalscorer with Rochdale (17), doubt he'd leave a promoted team, but it's worth a shout. Same with Sam Winnall (23) of Scunthorpe.

Rory Fallon (ST) - Released by Crawley. The rest of you can decide if you'd want him back, it's only a suggestion haha...


Thoughts?
Some decent shouts there, especially Danny Holland and Myles Weston, would like to have seen us snaffle him up when he was at Brentford
[quote][p][bold]MidlandRobin[/bold] wrote: I agree we do have to keep hold of our key players, especially Wes, Troy and The Thompsons. For me these players need to be kept on at all costs and with this is ownership confusion up in the air it's going to be harder to keep hold of these players. However considering if we do lose them to Championship clubs, I have done a little background work myself to find suitable players that could fit in around our core team and some that may replace them, if we lose them... GOALKEEPERS: Paul Jones (GK) - Crawley's number one, just been released. Ever present all season, good discipline. He could be a safe pair of hands assuming we lose Wes (fingers firmly crossed we don't!) either way he's a free agent and he'd be a decent replacement IMO. DEFENDERS: Andy Butler (CB) - Current Walsall captain, out of contract in the Summer. I believe he would make a fine partner for Troy, strong, good header of the ball, and top leadership qualities. He'd be a real steal if we got him on a free, I've seen him play for Walsall a handful of times this season and I think even if we lost Troy, he'd be a fine replacement, with the hopeful recruitment Stephens for another loan season and that is a top league one CB pairing. Dean Leacock (CB) - Current Notts captain and out of contract this Summer. Despite their league position, I believe he would be a fine addition to the team, also a leader I have seen him play a couple of times for Notts this season and I have been impressed with his performances. IMO I think he would thrive at a bigger club like Swindon. Good signing on peanuts. Paul Connolly (RB) - Yes I know this is Nathan's position. But with the possibility of losing him to a Championship club, I believe Paul's experience of the lower leagues would benefit our team. Ex Leeds, Millwall and Plymouth. He is tall, hard and strong something we lack across the whole team, with the exception of maybe Troy, Smith (height) and Stephens (if you count him). Connolly is a free agent, which again means, peanuts. MIDFIELDERS: Danny Hollands (CDM) - A fan favourite of the majority last time he joined Swindon on loan. He is currently out of contract in the Summer with the likelihood of being released, he'd surely be welcomed back with open arms. Despite his desire to stay at Portsmouth, I doubt they could afford his wages without him taking a wage cut. A player that would be a real steal on the free, again peanuts. Frank Moussa (CM) - Already been mentioned as a possible signing by some bloggers recently. 14 goals for struggling a Coventry side this season in all competitions including goal of the season for League One. Frank could be the missing piece of the jigsaw. At the moment we lack a goal scoring midfielder, Luongo, Kasim, Thompson, Harley, Mason and Gladwin have all failed in scoring consistently in front of goal. Moussa is out of contract in the Summer and is expected to leave according to Pressley, we need to sign this man at all costs IMO to even suggest a push for the play offs next season. However I do expect there will be Championship clubs sniffing around for a bargain like Frank... Liam Lawrence (CM) - The forgotten man. Experience in the Premier league as well as the lower leagues. Lawrence is a man who can pull the strings in midfield. Flair, clever head and experienced. Currently out of contract in the Summer, I believe Barnsley will let him go, if so he'd be a free agent, although wages may be a concern. Chuks Aneke (CM) - The Yaya Toure of league one. Was on loan at Crewe and looks set for another loan season there for 14/15. But if Cooper sees the potential in the lad, we could land him. 15 league goals from midfield for an average Crewe side, suggests he should be playing for a bigger club... WINGERS/RM/LMs: Jon Taylor (RM) - Suggested the other day like Moussa. I've watched Shrewsbury play twice this season and Taylor is definitely a step up from that team. His talent is completely wasted there. Shrews top goalscorer, I'm certain there will be interest in the young lad. Only 21 with over 100 league appearances, he could be decent replacement for Pritchard. Height wise, no difference though ;) Jamal Campbell Ryce (Wing) - another player's talent wasted at the lower end of league one, He again is a player that should be in a club pushing for promotion and since we've lost McEveley, it looks like Byrne may take on the lead role of LB, leaving a vacancy at LW/LM... With Reis competing for that spot I think we could have a real selection headache on our hands if signed. He amoungst others on this list is out of contract in the Summer. Myles Weston (Wing) - Out of contract in the summer with Gillingham. Quick n powerful. Aka N'guessan for the wing. STRIKERS Callum Wilson (ST) - Currently in a falling Coventry side that would have finished 9th without the deduction. This lad scored 21 league goals last season and he could be a quality partner for Smith next season as we look set for striker signing and ommiting Storey yet again. He was named in League One team of the season, a real achievement for a team that finished in the bottom half. Matty Tubbs (ST) - Out of favour at Bournemouth, and lets be honest they owe us after Ritchie! Proven goal scorer at league one, what we've needed all season. Scored 8 in 18 since his return to Crawley. Don't think wages would be a problem either. Lee Miller (ST) - Questionable addition, does have a tendency to get sent off I'll admit. But his goal record for Carlisle speaks for itself. 32 goals in 88 league n FA cup matches. Could be a decent signing on a free (out of contract in the summer). Experienced player in his 30s, could teach Smith a thing or two about how to hit the target. Scott Hogan (ST) - Untested at league one, would be a punt but he was League 2s second top goalscorer with Rochdale (17), doubt he'd leave a promoted team, but it's worth a shout. Same with Sam Winnall (23) of Scunthorpe. Rory Fallon (ST) - Released by Crawley. The rest of you can decide if you'd want him back, it's only a suggestion haha... Thoughts?[/p][/quote]Some decent shouts there, especially Danny Holland and Myles Weston, would like to have seen us snaffle him up when he was at Brentford old town robin
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9:46pm Tue 6 May 14

dazzastfc says...

We were fed lies by are chairman and esp the manager by both saying we are a young work in progress team...
NOW WE DONT HAVE A CLUE WERE WE WILL NE NEXT SEASON...

WORK IN PROGRESS MY AR5E
We were fed lies by are chairman and esp the manager by both saying we are a young work in progress team... NOW WE DONT HAVE A CLUE WERE WE WILL NE NEXT SEASON... WORK IN PROGRESS MY AR5E dazzastfc
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9:57am Wed 7 May 14

perth red says...

MidlandRobin wrote:
I agree we do have to keep hold of our key players, especially Wes, Troy and The Thompsons. For me these players need to be kept on at all costs and with this is ownership confusion up in the air it's going to be harder to keep hold of these players. However considering if we do lose them to Championship clubs, I have done a little background work myself to find suitable players that could fit in around our core team and some that may replace them, if we lose them...

GOALKEEPERS:
Paul Jones (GK) - Crawley's number one, just been released. Ever present all season, good discipline. He could be a safe pair of hands assuming we lose Wes (fingers firmly crossed we don't!) either way he's a free agent and he'd be a decent replacement IMO.

DEFENDERS:
Andy Butler (CB) - Current Walsall captain, out of contract in the Summer. I believe he would make a fine partner for Troy, strong, good header of the ball, and top leadership qualities. He'd be a real steal if we got him on a free, I've seen him play for Walsall a handful of times this season and I think even if we lost Troy, he'd be a fine replacement, with the hopeful recruitment Stephens for another loan season and that is a top league one CB pairing.

Dean Leacock (CB) - Current Notts captain and out of contract this Summer. Despite their league position, I believe he would be a fine addition to the team, also a leader I have seen him play a couple of times for Notts this season and I have been impressed with his performances. IMO I think he would thrive at a bigger club like Swindon. Good signing on peanuts.

Paul Connolly (RB) - Yes I know this is Nathan's position. But with the possibility of losing him to a Championship club, I believe Paul's experience of the lower leagues would benefit our team. Ex Leeds, Millwall and Plymouth. He is tall, hard and strong something we lack across the whole team, with the exception of maybe Troy, Smith (height) and Stephens (if you count him). Connolly is a free agent, which again means, peanuts.

MIDFIELDERS:
Danny Hollands (CDM) - A fan favourite of the majority last time he joined Swindon on loan. He is currently out of contract in the Summer with the likelihood of being released, he'd surely be welcomed back with open arms. Despite his desire to stay at Portsmouth, I doubt they could afford his wages without him taking a wage cut. A player that would be a real steal on the free, again peanuts.

Frank Moussa (CM) - Already been mentioned as a possible signing by some bloggers recently. 14 goals for struggling a Coventry side this season in all competitions including goal of the season for League One. Frank could be the missing piece of the jigsaw. At the moment we lack a goal scoring midfielder, Luongo, Kasim, Thompson, Harley, Mason and Gladwin have all failed in scoring consistently in front of goal. Moussa is out of contract in the Summer and is expected to leave according to Pressley, we need to sign this man at all costs IMO to even suggest a push for the play offs next season. However I do expect there will be Championship clubs sniffing around for a bargain like Frank...

Liam Lawrence (CM) - The forgotten man. Experience in the Premier league as well as the lower leagues. Lawrence is a man who can pull the strings in midfield. Flair, clever head and experienced. Currently out of contract in the Summer, I believe Barnsley will let him go, if so he'd be a free agent, although wages may be a concern.

Chuks Aneke (CM) - The Yaya Toure of league one. Was on loan at Crewe and looks set for another loan season there for 14/15. But if Cooper sees the potential in the lad, we could land him. 15 league goals from midfield for an average Crewe side, suggests he should be playing for a bigger club...

WINGERS/RM/LMs:
Jon Taylor (RM) - Suggested the other day like Moussa. I've watched Shrewsbury play twice this season and Taylor is definitely a step up from that team. His talent is completely wasted there. Shrews top goalscorer, I'm certain there will be interest in the young lad. Only 21 with over 100 league appearances, he could be decent replacement for Pritchard. Height wise, no difference though ;)

Jamal Campbell Ryce (Wing) - another player's talent wasted at the lower end of league one, He again is a player that should be in a club pushing for promotion and since we've lost McEveley, it looks like Byrne may take on the lead role of LB, leaving a vacancy at LW/LM... With Reis competing for that spot I think we could have a real selection headache on our hands if signed. He amoungst others on this list is out of contract in the Summer.

Myles Weston (Wing) - Out of contract in the summer with Gillingham. Quick n powerful. Aka N'guessan for the wing.

STRIKERS
Callum Wilson (ST) - Currently in a falling Coventry side that would have finished 9th without the deduction. This lad scored 21 league goals last season and he could be a quality partner for Smith next season as we look set for striker signing and ommiting Storey yet again. He was named in League One team of the season, a real achievement for a team that finished in the bottom half.

Matty Tubbs (ST) - Out of favour at Bournemouth, and lets be honest they owe us after Ritchie! Proven goal scorer at league one, what we've needed all season. Scored 8 in 18 since his return to Crawley. Don't think wages would be a problem either.

Lee Miller (ST) - Questionable addition, does have a tendency to get sent off I'll admit. But his goal record for Carlisle speaks for itself. 32 goals in 88 league n FA cup matches. Could be a decent signing on a free (out of contract in the summer). Experienced player in his 30s, could teach Smith a thing or two about how to hit the target.

Scott Hogan (ST) - Untested at league one, would be a punt but he was League 2s second top goalscorer with Rochdale (17), doubt he'd leave a promoted team, but it's worth a shout. Same with Sam Winnall (23) of Scunthorpe.

Rory Fallon (ST) - Released by Crawley. The rest of you can decide if you'd want him back, it's only a suggestion haha...


Thoughts?
That's a very thoughtful analysis, and you clearly know your way around the lower leagues. However, it seems to me that these kind of players don't fit Power's strategy. If the last twelve months is anything to go by it will be more premier/championship youngsters on loan - some with a view to permanently signing - plus out of favour youngsters at other clubs that they think have the potential to be developed. I can only see that they might sign another experienced CB for cover if Troy stays, or definitely if he goes. I don't think they'll sign any experienced midfielders, because there's enough maturity in the midfielders they have. I don't think they will sign an experienced striker either unless Williams goes out on another season-long loan with his wages fully paid. This is all about budgets, and building a squad of talented and relatively cheap youngsters, and it has worked very well so far.
[quote][p][bold]MidlandRobin[/bold] wrote: I agree we do have to keep hold of our key players, especially Wes, Troy and The Thompsons. For me these players need to be kept on at all costs and with this is ownership confusion up in the air it's going to be harder to keep hold of these players. However considering if we do lose them to Championship clubs, I have done a little background work myself to find suitable players that could fit in around our core team and some that may replace them, if we lose them... GOALKEEPERS: Paul Jones (GK) - Crawley's number one, just been released. Ever present all season, good discipline. He could be a safe pair of hands assuming we lose Wes (fingers firmly crossed we don't!) either way he's a free agent and he'd be a decent replacement IMO. DEFENDERS: Andy Butler (CB) - Current Walsall captain, out of contract in the Summer. I believe he would make a fine partner for Troy, strong, good header of the ball, and top leadership qualities. He'd be a real steal if we got him on a free, I've seen him play for Walsall a handful of times this season and I think even if we lost Troy, he'd be a fine replacement, with the hopeful recruitment Stephens for another loan season and that is a top league one CB pairing. Dean Leacock (CB) - Current Notts captain and out of contract this Summer. Despite their league position, I believe he would be a fine addition to the team, also a leader I have seen him play a couple of times for Notts this season and I have been impressed with his performances. IMO I think he would thrive at a bigger club like Swindon. Good signing on peanuts. Paul Connolly (RB) - Yes I know this is Nathan's position. But with the possibility of losing him to a Championship club, I believe Paul's experience of the lower leagues would benefit our team. Ex Leeds, Millwall and Plymouth. He is tall, hard and strong something we lack across the whole team, with the exception of maybe Troy, Smith (height) and Stephens (if you count him). Connolly is a free agent, which again means, peanuts. MIDFIELDERS: Danny Hollands (CDM) - A fan favourite of the majority last time he joined Swindon on loan. He is currently out of contract in the Summer with the likelihood of being released, he'd surely be welcomed back with open arms. Despite his desire to stay at Portsmouth, I doubt they could afford his wages without him taking a wage cut. A player that would be a real steal on the free, again peanuts. Frank Moussa (CM) - Already been mentioned as a possible signing by some bloggers recently. 14 goals for struggling a Coventry side this season in all competitions including goal of the season for League One. Frank could be the missing piece of the jigsaw. At the moment we lack a goal scoring midfielder, Luongo, Kasim, Thompson, Harley, Mason and Gladwin have all failed in scoring consistently in front of goal. Moussa is out of contract in the Summer and is expected to leave according to Pressley, we need to sign this man at all costs IMO to even suggest a push for the play offs next season. However I do expect there will be Championship clubs sniffing around for a bargain like Frank... Liam Lawrence (CM) - The forgotten man. Experience in the Premier league as well as the lower leagues. Lawrence is a man who can pull the strings in midfield. Flair, clever head and experienced. Currently out of contract in the Summer, I believe Barnsley will let him go, if so he'd be a free agent, although wages may be a concern. Chuks Aneke (CM) - The Yaya Toure of league one. Was on loan at Crewe and looks set for another loan season there for 14/15. But if Cooper sees the potential in the lad, we could land him. 15 league goals from midfield for an average Crewe side, suggests he should be playing for a bigger club... WINGERS/RM/LMs: Jon Taylor (RM) - Suggested the other day like Moussa. I've watched Shrewsbury play twice this season and Taylor is definitely a step up from that team. His talent is completely wasted there. Shrews top goalscorer, I'm certain there will be interest in the young lad. Only 21 with over 100 league appearances, he could be decent replacement for Pritchard. Height wise, no difference though ;) Jamal Campbell Ryce (Wing) - another player's talent wasted at the lower end of league one, He again is a player that should be in a club pushing for promotion and since we've lost McEveley, it looks like Byrne may take on the lead role of LB, leaving a vacancy at LW/LM... With Reis competing for that spot I think we could have a real selection headache on our hands if signed. He amoungst others on this list is out of contract in the Summer. Myles Weston (Wing) - Out of contract in the summer with Gillingham. Quick n powerful. Aka N'guessan for the wing. STRIKERS Callum Wilson (ST) - Currently in a falling Coventry side that would have finished 9th without the deduction. This lad scored 21 league goals last season and he could be a quality partner for Smith next season as we look set for striker signing and ommiting Storey yet again. He was named in League One team of the season, a real achievement for a team that finished in the bottom half. Matty Tubbs (ST) - Out of favour at Bournemouth, and lets be honest they owe us after Ritchie! Proven goal scorer at league one, what we've needed all season. Scored 8 in 18 since his return to Crawley. Don't think wages would be a problem either. Lee Miller (ST) - Questionable addition, does have a tendency to get sent off I'll admit. But his goal record for Carlisle speaks for itself. 32 goals in 88 league n FA cup matches. Could be a decent signing on a free (out of contract in the summer). Experienced player in his 30s, could teach Smith a thing or two about how to hit the target. Scott Hogan (ST) - Untested at league one, would be a punt but he was League 2s second top goalscorer with Rochdale (17), doubt he'd leave a promoted team, but it's worth a shout. Same with Sam Winnall (23) of Scunthorpe. Rory Fallon (ST) - Released by Crawley. The rest of you can decide if you'd want him back, it's only a suggestion haha... Thoughts?[/p][/quote]That's a very thoughtful analysis, and you clearly know your way around the lower leagues. However, it seems to me that these kind of players don't fit Power's strategy. If the last twelve months is anything to go by it will be more premier/championship youngsters on loan - some with a view to permanently signing - plus out of favour youngsters at other clubs that they think have the potential to be developed. I can only see that they might sign another experienced CB for cover if Troy stays, or definitely if he goes. I don't think they'll sign any experienced midfielders, because there's enough maturity in the midfielders they have. I don't think they will sign an experienced striker either unless Williams goes out on another season-long loan with his wages fully paid. This is all about budgets, and building a squad of talented and relatively cheap youngsters, and it has worked very well so far. perth red
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