Here’s a look at the latest goings on in our division.
- Steve Evans has continued his quest to sign all the players, this time capturing Will Atkinson from Southend. As usual Steve has been talking him up, best thing since Pele etc etc. He then said any move for Lee Frecklington would be ruled out because Mansfield are unable to pay ‘Lee Frecklington type wages’. Poor old Mansfield eh? It must be hard struggling to pay the wages these greedy players are after. Best stick to the bargain buys.
- Back in reality and Cambridge United have continued their summer recruitment by bringing in Emmanuel Osadebe after his release by Gillingham. I called Osadebe as a strong signing at this level, and it does show some intent on Cambridge’s behalf.
- Chesterfield have announced their season ticket sales are going well, 3,000 having currently been sold for the upcoming campaign. That puts them ahead of figures coming out of Coventry (2,000) and shows that the fans believe they are in for a good season in League Two. It’s not 4,200 though lads, is it?
- Crewe have signed 33-year old Chris Porter from Colchester. Porter is a less-than prolific forward, his 16-goal haul last season represented his biggest tally in over a decade. That said he does have experience of League Two, something Crewe will need after a tough campaign in 2016/17.
- Winger Sam Kelly has swapped relegated Port Vale for the bright lights of Grimsby. Kelly, no doubt a big fan of seafood, made over fifty senior appearances for the Valiants, but struggled last season with just 21 outings, 12 from the bench. He failed to score in any of those outings, hopefully something he can carry forward in his Grimsby career.
- Blackpool have begun to prepare for life in League One by releasing ten players. Ian Black, Henry Cameron, Luke Higham, John Herron, Dean Lyness, Eddie Nolan, Jack Payne, Jack Redshaw and Macauley Wilson have all left the play-off winners. There isn’t one on that list that stands out to me as a good call for joining City.
- Today was Mansfield’s last day for ‘early bird’ season tickets. The signing of half the Football League by Evans has really whetted the appetites of the town’s population with a whopping 1,600 confirmed as sold at last count. Hopes are high that they might have reached 2,000 by close of play today! 2000! We’re fortunate to be facing a club with such a massive support and relatively meagre budget…. oh wait…. that’s not right is it? In fact the Mansfield Town Vital Site has reported some fans think that with the massive backing Steve Evans has had, they really should be selling 3,000.