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Stickied League 2 Transfer Rumours/Confirmed Transfers 2017/2018

Discussion in 'The 'Rob Dunkley' League Two Forum' started by Saddlerrad, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. TrinidadsNumberOne

    TrinidadsNumberOne Gizza job?

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    Long overdue rebuild after Davis refused to do it because he wanted to pay his favourites the big money for so long. If Dave's recruitment is like it was in January (Bowery and Cooke) then we should be looking up and not down and we'll have a competitive side.

    7 signings is about right, could possibly be 1 or 2 more. Has the potential to be our most exciting transfer window for quite some time this year!
     
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  3. Bottega Don

    Bottega Don Lenging Man Down

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    Seen Chesterfield have signed Anyon and Wiseman, two players we released. I think they're both quality signings for this level. Wiseman is a very good Full Back, we'd have kept him but Jordan Clarke is the better RB out of the two which means we went with him. Anyon is a very good shot stopper, sometimes fails to command his area but looked good in pretty much all of the games he played for us (apart from the Play-Off Semi's 2nd leg). Think they'll both do very well for Chesterfield.
     
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  4. Imp in Branston

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    He is under contract, one or two rumours about clubs nearer to his Stoke home are /were surfacing again like this time last season but think he will stay.

    He played a hell of a lot of games last season, not sure what DC intends to do with Rheady and will depend who else we get in up top. He does have a great touch for a big guy though, that is very true.
     
  5. T.A

    T.A Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Mellis is a massive luxury player, you need someone to do all the hard work next to him or have him in a role where he doesn't need to track back. When things are going well he's a great player to have but otherwise he'll go missing. Very much a marmite player. Likeable guy though so I hope he does well and feeds my beloved Danny Rose.
     
  6. Flaxman's Alibi

    Flaxman's Alibi Well-Known Member

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    Exactly how I'd expect Mellis to have been critiqued to be honest. Any lad that spirals from Premier->Championship->League 1->League 2 in almost as many years tells his own story.

    First of the signings to really come with significant doubts attached. Although there will be plenty of competition for his specific role.
     
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    Apparently we're after Billy waters at Cheltenham
     
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    jacobncfc Well-Known Member

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  9. Conker

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    It's doing the rounds on Stagsnet, Some Imps have gone completely fucking insane.
     
  10. jacobncfc

    jacobncfc Well-Known Member

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    At least you actually are throwing some money around!
     
  11. PaulHaddock

    PaulHaddock people person

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    That article is so salty.
     
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    T.A Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Sounds like something Rochdale fans would write. "We're better than you" and "We'd never do anything wrong" is sickening.
     
  14. Flaxman's Alibi

    Flaxman's Alibi Well-Known Member

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    I have sympathy with fans of rival clubs who see other clubs overspending - I've been watching others doing it for forty years. It's an annoyance when the financial playing field is lopsided.

    What I would say about my club is that despite being a smaller club, for decades we competed. Then in the nineties a villain called Haslam kept us alive on a drip for 15 years (imagine the Sloth death in the movie Se7en) and stole all the silver, before leaving us in the Conference.

    The following 9 years has been a rescue job. Our new wealthy benefactor initially spent handsomely to pull us from the Conference and has then cut the cloth to rein in the spending, until now. He's certainly not been doling out a ton of cash since being back in the League.

    So for twenty-four years we've been in the doldrums, thanks to the fiddling of one man. We don't want or expect sympathy, as many clubs have dodgy owners. However, mediocrity has been forced upon us for quarter of a century and now supporters are eager to cling to the extravagance and hope provided by a very rich owner.

    It may end in tears; it may offer our rivals hours of bungling hilarity; it certainly carries its worries, but trust us, after the bleakest quarter century in the club's history, people have passed caring of what others think. If it wasn't for Radford the club would have gone POP seven years ago.
     
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  15. Hamez

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    Wish i'd have thought of that article when they offered Rhead a 2 year deal, and we only offered 1...
     
  16. Imp in Branston

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    That's not the main message board btw, the FB Lincoln City Banter one is far more busy.

    I don't see the big deal in all honesty, Hawkridge was a decent player but only a squad one. He would have likely had less chance now we have stepped up a division and I think that's why DC only offered him a one year deal. Don't blame Hawks for more security and a better pay packet at all, he will always get a good reception at SB.

    Losing out financially to other clubs (especially smaller bankrolled clubs) is nothing new, Barrow, FGR, Eastleigh, Tranmere all had very large budgets last season.

    People are a bit more miffed about Angol because we expected to have a great chance of signing him, but again more often than not, money is the decider. As a club DC is determined to make sure we don't pay over the odds for any player, which is the right way to go about things because we don't want the club put at risk. At the same time we have the financial rewards from last season and ST sales to compete with the majority of clubs in this league so I hope we can get the balance right, loosen the purse strings a little and be competitive at the right end of the table.
     
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    You can't even say if you have overspent or not on a player until he's actually played for you. Angol could be a great success and go on for a big fee or equally end up at Lincoln after failing to impress here.
     
  18. Flaxman's Alibi

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    We're not a smaller club than you. Historically we are very similar. You've had an exceptional season which has created a perfect storm of public interest. We've all been to Sincil Bank when the home support has been woeful.

    Enjoy this period, you're back in the League and it's a joyous feeling, though it won't last forever at the extent you currently are. Most clubs eventually settle back to their natural levels. Yours is very much like ours. Nowt wrong with that either.
     
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  19. Conker

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    I don't think he was suggesting Lincoln are a bigger club to be fair.
     
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    Are Mansfield even splashing the cash? I know they are signing players early and some look good signings for this level but none of them strike me as breaking the bank signings.

    Maybe they are just doing good business, have done their homework on players and made their moves early.
     
  21. TrinidadsNumberOne

    TrinidadsNumberOne Gizza job?

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    That overspending article is just the biggest laugh in the world.

    I only recall one season when Crewe overspent and because we allowed the wrong man to spend that money on the wrong players, we were deservedly relegated to League Two after 15 years in the middle two tiers. That overspending set our club back years and saw our budgets cut to skeletal lows.

    If people want to overspend, let them. But nothing is guaranteed to go well and nothing lasts forever. Rotherham's overspending may have had two promotions but they now have an embarrassing season to live with which has disillusioned their bandwagon fans. On the other hand, look at where Orient's lavish spending got them before Becchetti pulled the plug. A beacon of League One stability fell to League Two overnight due to the lack of harmony these marquee signings caused.

    And who can forget the endless supply of non league clubs who come up talking how they're gonna surge up the leagues only to cower in bottom division mediocrity a mere few years later...
     
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  22. Flaxman's Alibi

    Flaxman's Alibi Well-Known Member

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    For Mansfield Town standards we are definitely splashing the cash. Although I don't think it'll be any more than the other biggest spenders in this league in the next season.

    Let's face it, Tubby Evans wouldn't be here if the One Call purse strings hadn't been opened wider than usual. He's even said as much.
     
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    These Stags fans who think our infrastructure now matches our budget are hilarious. We are so obviously bankrolled.
     
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    Can't argue with any of that. Overspending guarantees nothing. The most sensible of our support has both sets of fingers crossed that all ends well, but this is Mansfield and we never foolishly expect anything other than eventual disappointment.
     
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    It's a mixture, these targets have been known for months and plans for the summer started when Steve Evans was appointed manager, but the budget is changing from mid-table to top six.

    Stringy I haven't really came across many stags fans that think that even on Stagsnet, I think most know the situation.
     
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    I'm talking about a minority of Facebook ones commenting on that article.

    But come on, these are targets that we have absolutely would not have funded just two seasons ago.
     
  27. Imp in Branston

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    No I wasn't. I was particularly aiming it at the likes of Barrow, Eastleigh etc in the NL.

    I have no idea if Lincoln are bigger than Mansfield. We are having an exceptionally high run of optimism at the moment and that will obviously translate to bigger gates whilst on this upturn in fortune. Shall enjoy it whilst it lasts because after being a ST holder for nigh on 20 years, I know it's something that could change quickly.
     
  28. Limerick Mariner

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    I'm still mostly blaming Paul Hurst. He, mostly, signed dross on long contracts and we have the knock-on impact now...
    Isn't it Real Lincoln now? To along with BarcaGrimsby...
     
  29. Imp in Branston

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    I would say we were more Atletico!
     
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    Almost as embarrassing as a Bury fan trying to make their rivals look ridiculous in a league 2 transfer thread.

    Grow up huh.
     

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