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    onyadon
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    I’ve decided to spruce up the web-site a wee bit (even with our new logo – any comments?). Another new feature is the single thread forum, so you can jump on and have your say, ask a question or just read what is being said. As I always say the forum is only as strong as what you make of it, so I would urge you to contribute and regularly to keep it all worthwhile. BTW, if you want to check something in the old forum it is now archived and the link is below… Okay let’s hear from you …

    Looking for the old forum? You can view the read-only archived version here.

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    Windlesham Don
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    Message for Liam Nolan – Is that a picture of you on the OS “Wombles all over the world” feature in the Grand Canyon?

    If so, I didn’t realise that you could pilot a helicopter with one hand while swigging booze out of a plastic cup in the other! ;o)

    On second thoughts that fine figure of a man may be too young and slim to be our Liam…

    Happy close season all!!

    #13907

    Wimbledon_rumours
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    I can tell you now that Taylor will not be staying from what I’ve heard an unnamed championship club want him I’ve heard Ipswich but that’s when they had a manager so who knows? I’ve also heard that Darius could be off due to personal reasons but the worrying news is about goalkeeper I’ve heard nothing except us going for long back on loan again but no idea if that’s true or not, but besides all of that this has to be the biggest transfer window in Ardleys life

    #13906

    onyadon
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    Neal Ardley has made the necessary but difficult calls. Barry Fuller would have been a tough decision: the skipper, five seasons, 223 appearances. But the inconvenient truth is that Baz was struggling at times this season in defence. The gaffer would have had to consider whether Fuller at 35 in August would have held his spot in the first team next season. The dramatic fall-off in form of the other released warrior Paul Robinson this season would probably have been front of mind when dealing with Fuller. Robbo struggled to get into the first team this campaign, and when he did he was a liability. No, Ardley has made the ‘brave’ call on Fuller. It’s just who he sees as his replacement going forward and whether if he is outside the club that he can be recruited. No surprise with Callum Kennedy. Nice bloke, but not considered good enough to be a regular this season and surely he won’t come back for a fourth time!!! The one I’m a little surprised to see go was George Francomb, especially as Fuller has been let go. Francomb, a favourite of Ardley’s, played 34 games this season and even the gaffer said of him as he announced his release: “He has matured into an excellent right back, which is now his best position, and he will become a very good player for his new club.” His all-round ability as a squad player also makes it a big call from Ardley. The other interest will be who among Darius Charles, Jon Meades, Dean Parrett, Lyle Taylor and Egli Kaja will accept the new deals Ardley has placed before them. Don’t expect all of them to stay on. As foreshadowed this will be a crucial transfer window for Ardley as the Dons shore up for a third season in League One.

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    Colum
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    To add to Devon’s musings:

    – Fuller probably gone to free up some budget. I’m sad to see him go, but we can hopefully find a young, promising and cheaper full back with the same capabilities.

    – Slightly surprised about Francomb. He was a good backup option at either full back, but he’s probably also too expensive for that role.

    – Poor old Kennedy. His face never really fit. He was a decent player, but never really got a chance. Id expect to see him playing at a decent League Two side before long.

    – As for Soares and Trotter, Neal’s arms may have been tied. Presumably they’re on a two year contract. I actually think Trotter improved a lot in the later part of the season. The key to getting the best out of him is having a dynamic midfielder in front of him.

    – Parrott was making noises at the awards event about hoping the gaffer offered him a contract. It looks like the gaffer has, so hopefully the terms are sufficient to make Deano stay. A fit again Deano will fit the dynamic midfielder role that the likes of Trotter needs.

    – Contracts also to LTB, Meades, Charles, and Kaja. Time will tell if the offer is sufficient to make them stay.

    – Both backup keepers are offered new contracts. From what I’ve heard and seen, young Tzanev has real talent and could fit the number one jersey. Maybe it is too early for him now though.

    All in all there’s a need for a first choice full back, first choice keeper, backup full backs / utility player, one (possibly two) strikers, and a midfielder required. That’s not as big a cull as I thought. Mind you if those offered contracts refuse them, the rebuilding job will be a whole lot bigger and riskier.

    Who’d want to be a League One manager?

    #13903

    Devon Womble
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    Well, there it is. Robinson going was inevitable, and Fuller, I, (along with many I suspect) predicted he would move on too. (Thank you for a great Captaincy.) Generally those released therefore would seem to be largely anticipated.
    Seeing Long go was also inevitable. Boy oh Boy are we going to struggle to replace him! As for the offer of contracts to our two remaining Goalkeepers, hmmmmm. I doubt either is ready for League One yet. That leaves a vacancy.
    Of those already under contract, it is sad to see some of our precious budget being wasted on deadweights… Soares, Trotter, and McDonald… none of them inspired this season (IMHO). Maybe someone in a Sunday League somewhere will give us a Tenner for them. (Buy one get one free anyone?)
    As for those offered new contracts, LTB seems certain to leave for better money. Of the rest, I personally hope Parrett signs up. If it had not been for his injury this season, he would probably have got my vote for Player of the Year… started so promisingly and ended likewise. Time will tell. Perhaps that injury might help put off other offers.
    Ultimately, as we all suspected, we really do seem destined to have almost a whole new squad next year. If we can seal the deal on a good forward (LTB), a good midfielder (Parrett), and a goalie (?), with Deji in defence, we could probably fill the rest with our youngsters.
    OK, so I’m in cloud cuckoo land. We shall see.

    #13899

    Colum
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    Yesterday’s game had a strange feel to it. Maybe we’re just used to nail biting tension of late, but yesterday had none. There wasn’t even a party atmosphere really, just relief that we didn’t have to get anything from the game. Not even the caterers selling “Franchise Burgers – Goes down easily. May contain nuts” seemed to do anything other than raise a half smile.

    For me the stand out performers were Parrett and Appiah. Elsewhere Robbo was given a start, and showed just why he’s not played a lot this season. Bury were very poor throghout, but Robbo never looked entirely comfortable.

    Of course the afternoon will be remembered for two bad injuries. LTB went off first with what appears to be ankle ligament damage. No one I spoke to saw what happened to him. His misfortune though may just shorten the queue of agents knocking on his door this summer. Maybe there’s hope yet.

    Once Appiah went off, we resorted to type and let Bury back in the game. Both their goals were well taken, but we really should have won that game by a country mile. If that isn’t the story of our season, I don’t know what is.

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