It seemed to go down well yesterday, so here’s what has been happening with the sides in our league today.
- As you’ll already be aware, Mansfield Town announced their retained list, not that there were that many players on it. Steve Evans is clearly going for a new-look side this coming season, releasing eleven players. Those on the move include top-scorer Matt Green, striker Pat Hoban, and club captain Lee Collins. Evans also released both of his goalkeepers, Scott Shearer and Brian Jensen.
- I’m sick of writing about them now, but Mansfield moved quickly to fill the vacant keeper role by bringing in Conrad Logan from Rochdale. Logan had spells on loan at Boston under Evans in 2006, and joins for an ‘undisclosed’ period. That’s it, I refuse to mention his name or their name again in this blog.
- Colchester have announced two of their squad are also on the move. veteran defender Lloyd Doyley is perhaps no surprise, but left back Matt Briggs has also been released. It’s a little harsh on Briggs who joined on a two year deal in 2015, he spent 15 months of that time injured after having a hip operation.
- After their rumoured attempts to lure ‘you-know-who’ from ‘you-know-where’ failed, Swindon have had to turn their attentions to less controversial figures to fill the vacant manager’s role there. They’re chasing highly rated Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald, a man who turned down an approach from Shrewsbury last season due to ‘unfinished business’. Archibald has worked wonders at Thistle, and at 39 is consider an up and coming young manager.
- Cambridge United have released six players ahead of their summer recruitment. They’ve released David Gregory, James Dunne, Ben Williamson, Joe Pigott, Conor Newton & Dylan Williams. Perhaps the most notable of the released is James Dunne, a classic footballing midfielder whom one or two fans have voiced displeasure at seeing leave.
- Crawley, a team whom we’ll be meeting for the first time next season, have been heavily linked with a move for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as their new manager. They finished 19th last season and parted with company with head coach Dermot Drummy before their final match of the season, against ‘you-know-who’.
- Finally, Plymouth Argyle, who we won’t be facing as they got promoted, have released nine of the squad that saw them finish second. Although not technically League Two, the released players would probably expect to find other clubs at this level, and the big name on there is Jordan Slew, a player that once cost Blackburn Rovers £1.1m. Jordan Slew is quick too, in March 2015 he was caught by police speeding at 156 mph on the A1, in what was the fastest recorded speed on a public road in the UK for more than three years. Anyway, Connor Smith may feel he’s unlucky at leaving the Pilgrims having also been released by AFC Wimbledon after being part of their promotion squad last season. That’s two promotions in a row and still no taste of League One football.