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What have we got left and what do we need? 18:59 - May 15 with 2537 viewsisitme

With the belated announcement of the retained list what do we need for next season? I believe the following are under contract:

Lillis - Moore - (Wade)

Rafferty - McNulty - Delaney - Ntlhe - Done

Camps - Rathbone - Morley - Adshead - (Cannon)

Andrew - Henderson- Williams - (Thompson) - (Gilliam)

Including Adshead that gives us 14 players under contract. I would not be surprised if Ntlhe and Williams were available for transfer given the right circumstances. I expect all of the players bar McGahey to sign the contracts offered to them. Someone will offer him more money than we can. I think Cannon's lack of games earlier in the season will count against him, so a bit like Rafferty last season he will probably stay as he cannot find a better deal.

I would suggest that we need the following, assuming we will play 352 for most of next season:

- Back up for Rafferty.

- Two centre backs. One to replace McGahey and a back up.

- Left wing back. I am assuming that Nthle will not be with us by the start of next season.

- Two midfielders (three if Cannon leaves). One experienced holding player who would start and another who can play further forward who could challenge to start.

- A striker to play with Henderson so that Calvin can become more of a squad/spot starter.

- A forward with pace who could operate wide or off the top.

For me the two key signings would be a first choice striker to play with Henderson and an influential holding midfielder. I would not be surprised if Williams who we had on loan from Liverpool is signed, if available.
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What have we got left and what do we need? on 19:09 - May 15 with 2497 viewsNathaniel82

I think we need players that can play in that 3-5-2 formation but we also need players that can enable us to have more formations under our belt. Being able to change things up is a huge bonus.
Hopefully Hilly can find a couple or three players that give us this tactical fluidity.
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What have we got left and what do we need? on 19:10 - May 15 with 2489 viewsblackdogblue

I would sign Inman, didn’t set the world on fire at the start but believe he could be the new Mendez with the proper coaching.
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What have we got left and what do we need? on 19:17 - May 15 with 2463 viewsblackdogblue

Hold the press.. we have 14? Jordan Williams will be back from Lincoln in a few days when League 2 play offs... Jackpot, we have really missed him....

We should have a whip round & send him back to Barrow with a one way train ticket & a few quid in his pocket

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What have we got left and what do we need? on 22:04 - May 15 with 2159 viewsfitzochris

What have we got left and what do we need? on 19:17 - May 15 by blackdogblue

Hold the press.. we have 14? Jordan Williams will be back from Lincoln in a few days when League 2 play offs... Jackpot, we have really missed him....

We should have a whip round & send him back to Barrow with a one way train ticket & a few quid in his pocket

[Post edited 15 May 19:19]


Let’s not be too harsh here. It’s easy to forget he made a transition of two divisions. Not every player can do that and hit the ground running.

The biggest surprise was the outlay. For Hill to risk that much money, he must have been sure of Williams’ ability, or potential ability.

Maybe, just maybe, there is more to come from him.

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What have we got left and what do we need? on 22:07 - May 15 with 2145 viewsSuddenLad

What have we got left and what do we need? on 22:04 - May 15 by fitzochris

Let’s not be too harsh here. It’s easy to forget he made a transition of two divisions. Not every player can do that and hit the ground running.

The biggest surprise was the outlay. For Hill to risk that much money, he must have been sure of Williams’ ability, or potential ability.

Maybe, just maybe, there is more to come from him.


He described him immediately as one for the future and when he went on loan to Lincoln, he made it clear that he hadn't given up on him and would be glad to see him get some games,

As you say, the leap in divisions was a bit too much in one go. Time will tell, but I reckon barring a very decent offer from Lincoln, that he will be here next year......

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What have we got left and what do we need? on 09:44 - May 16 with 1703 viewsParkinsGimp

Just sign a couple of decent players who can perform at League One level, not cast offs from Conference or League Two who are not classed good enough for their clubs at that level.
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What have we got left and what do we need? on 12:49 - May 16 with 1475 viewsboromat

Lillis - Moore - (Wade)

Rafferty - (McGahey) - McNulty - Delaney - Ntlhe - Done

Camps - Rathbone - Morley - Adshead - (Cannon)

Andrew - Henderson- Williams - (Thompson) - (Gilliam)

If we sign all of the players offered contracts then I'd like the following;

1) Depending on how much faith Hill wants to put in the youth players we need at least one very good central midfielder that can set the tempo and keep possession.
2) Two Strikers/Attackers that are capable of causing the opposition some problems. Some pace and some finishing required.
3) A defensive midfielder capable of filling in at RCB/CB.

And in that priority.

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What have we got left and what do we need? on 13:21 - May 16 with 1393 viewsJimmyRustler

I think signing a proper LB could help us two-fold in that it strengthens in an area we need to and also frees up Done to play further up-field, effectively adding another attacker to the squad.

A midfielder has to be a priority though, preferably a Lund type box-to-box player who can also sit deep if need be and control the tempo of the game.

We obviously need a striker too but as we all know, they're not easy to acquire at this level and with us offering terms to MG, I get the feeling we may see more of him next year.
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What have we got left and what do we need? on 13:44 - May 16 with 1332 viewsoff2div1

A big forward that can score more than 3 goals in the league.
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What have we got left and what do we need? on 16:20 - May 16 with 1227 views1907

I’d like to see some experience come into the side. A bit of metal.

I’m not too bothered where abouts on the pitch that may be, but we need some steel to see us through games.

We need to add pace to the side drastically. Players that can turn a game on its head and destroy defences.

I would like to see us have more strength in depth so that we always have a multitude of fallback plans when things go wrong, as things have many times this season.

Bigger, better, faster, smarter & stronger in a nutshell.
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What have we got left and what do we need? on 08:46 - May 17 with 824 viewsaleanddale

What have we got left and what do we need? on 16:20 - May 16 by 1907

I’d like to see some experience come into the side. A bit of metal.

I’m not too bothered where abouts on the pitch that may be, but we need some steel to see us through games.

We need to add pace to the side drastically. Players that can turn a game on its head and destroy defences.

I would like to see us have more strength in depth so that we always have a multitude of fallback plans when things go wrong, as things have many times this season.

Bigger, better, faster, smarter & stronger in a nutshell.


I agree 1907 especially about pace.

Easier said than done though as we are down the pecking order for first dibs.

Our budget ( low ) is what's makes it more special when we compete.

Hilly is a genius at doing it - fingers crossed he gets the next 2 months recruitment spot on.
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What have we got left and what do we need? on 13:06 - May 17 with 675 viewssweetcorn

Positions which are a must for me:

- Strong midfielder who can actually tackle
- A left back
- A striker to take some of the burden off Henderson.

We'll sign other positions as well I'm sure, but those 3 are crucial.

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What have we got left and what do we need? on 16:21 - May 17 with 521 viewsYadHoDale

What have we got left and what do we need? on 13:06 - May 17 by sweetcorn

Positions which are a must for me:

- Strong midfielder who can actually tackle
- A left back
- A striker to take some of the burden off Henderson.

We'll sign other positions as well I'm sure, but those 3 are crucial.


I agree with the first and last of those as the vital areas for recruitment - although not ideal, between Done, Ntlhe, Delaney and McNulty we can probably get by on the left of defence. Maybe see if Scot Tanser is sick of deep fried food yet...

For the midfielder, both Nicky Law and Timothee Dieng are out of contract at Bradford - decent, solid players. Someone like this would be ideal.

Up front, we could either look for a young loanee like Humphrys or Miller, or a tried and trusted, but maybe slightly over the hill, option like Dagnall or O'Grady. Or go wildcard with a broken toy type like Jay Emmanuel Thomas.

Difficult choices - will leave to Hill!
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What have we got left and what do we need? on 16:29 - May 17 with 507 viewsfitzochris

What have we got left and what do we need? on 16:21 - May 17 by YadHoDale

I agree with the first and last of those as the vital areas for recruitment - although not ideal, between Done, Ntlhe, Delaney and McNulty we can probably get by on the left of defence. Maybe see if Scot Tanser is sick of deep fried food yet...

For the midfielder, both Nicky Law and Timothee Dieng are out of contract at Bradford - decent, solid players. Someone like this would be ideal.

Up front, we could either look for a young loanee like Humphrys or Miller, or a tried and trusted, but maybe slightly over the hill, option like Dagnall or O'Grady. Or go wildcard with a broken toy type like Jay Emmanuel Thomas.

Difficult choices - will leave to Hill!


Scott Tanser has signed a new contract with St Johnstone.

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What have we got left and what do we need? on 16:33 - May 17 with 494 viewsYadHoDale

What have we got left and what do we need? on 16:29 - May 17 by fitzochris

Scott Tanser has signed a new contract with St Johnstone.


Thanks - missed that one. Is the Craig Curran who scored for Ross last weekend the one who was briefly with Dale??
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What have we got left and what do we need? on 16:46 - May 17 with 451 viewsEllDale

Yep, the same player.
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What have we got left and what do we need? on 16:53 - May 17 with 438 viewsScunnydale

What have we got left and what do we need? on 16:46 - May 17 by EllDale

Yep, the same player.


I've got very, very few memories of Craig Curran, but my mind sums up his time here as:

"Did little. Scored a screamer". Is that the chap?
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What have we got left and what do we need? on 16:58 - May 17 with 424 viewsEllDale

My only memory of the guy is of him missing an absolute sitter against Barnsley in the League Cup when they were down to ten men and had Bobby Hassell in goal.

I had him bracketed as another Coleman Scouse hanger-on but he reinvented himself in Scotland
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What have we got left and what do we need? on 17:31 - May 17 with 352 viewsfitzochris

What have we got left and what do we need? on 16:58 - May 17 by EllDale

My only memory of the guy is of him missing an absolute sitter against Barnsley in the League Cup when they were down to ten men and had Bobby Hassell in goal.

I had him bracketed as another Coleman Scouse hanger-on but he reinvented himself in Scotland


I wouldn't say he’s reinvented himself. He’s still a one-goal-in-four-games striker.
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