My final round up of everything that’s been happening in our league (League Two, y’know because we won the National League). Latest transfer gossip etc etc.
- Notts County have announced their retained list for the coming season. Manager Kevin Nolan had a positive influence at Meadow Lane towards the end of last season, and they’re expected to be up there in 2017/18. They’ve released four including ex City players Thierry Audel and Scott Loach. Mark Yates and Adam Campbell are also leaving the Magpies.
- Mansfield (them again) continue to do early business as they pick up experienced defender Zander Diamond from Northampton Town. Diamond (32) has also played for Aberdeen and Oldham and has 12 Scottish u21 caps to his name.
- Stevenage have transfer listed highly-rated winger Tom Pett after failing to agree personal terms with him. Pett (25) made his name at Wealdstone before moving to Stevenage in 2014. When he signed his last contract extension he was described as having a ‘bright future’, but despite being virtually ever-present last season his future now lies away from Broadhall Way.
- Stevenage again, and as well as transfer listing Pett, they’ve let six players go. Charlie Lee is perhaps the most surprising, and he’s joined by Michael Tongue, Andrew Fox, Jake Hyde and Nathan Kerr in searching for a new club. Last year’s Player of the Year, Dean Wells has also been released.
- Still with Stevenage (worse than Mansfield yesterday), and they conclude a busy day by bringing in James Ferry from Brentford. Ferry hasn’t made a senior appearance at Griffin Park, but he did have a seven game loan spell at Welling last year. Sounds like a right catch.
- Relegated Port Vale look set for a turbulent summer. As well as dropping out of League One they’re the subject of take over bids, two of which were met with rejection and the offer of shirt or stand sponsorship. Both Synectic Solutions and a consortium led by a Kevin Jones tabled a £1.25m bid for the Valiants which chairman Norman Smurthwaite (a classic 60’s club chairman name) rejected. He did offer them the chance to sponsor the shirt or stands though, which is pretty much the same as owning them, right? Smurthwaite has bankrolled the club to the alleged tune of almost £3m, and despite buying them for £1.25m four years ago, he now seems to want some of his money back. Season tickets aren’t moving at a fast rate down at Vale Park, they’ve shifted just 500 and there’s no sign of the queues we’ve seen at Sincil Bank this week. There’s talk of a vastly reduced playing budget, and if things don’t improve Port Vale look primed for back to back relegation battles.