Here’s a look at a few of the things that have been going on in our division over the last few days.
- A familiar face from the National League has made the step up to League Two. Blair Turgott (above) has signed for Stevenage after a good season at Bromley where he scored in our 1-1 draw back in October. He scored 15 times as they finished in an impressive 10th position, and now he’s ready to assault League Two. Luckily for us we won’t have Tom Champion providing him with the assists.
- Stevenage have had a busy few days, just as we have. They’ve also drafted in left-back Joe Martin who has just been released by Millwall. Martin had five years with Gillingham before moving inside the M25.
- Exeter City have re-signed Dean Moxey, eight years after he left the club. Moxey was something of a hero at St James Park, and since leaving he’s appeared for Derby, Crystal Palace and Bolton. At 31-years old he still has plenty to offer, and he looks set to further boost a side that were incredibly unlucky to miss out on promotion.
- Yeovil have also moved to strengthen their ranks after a poor pre-season so far. They’ve tempted Luton midfielder Jake Gray across to the south-west, he’s joined on a two-year deal. They’ve also given their assistant boss and Yeovil stalwart Terry Skiverton a new deal.
- Swindon Town have proved that you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet as they’ve signed so-called Imps target Paul Mullin. On a day when Matt Green and Ollie Palmer it was easy to forget we’d been linked with Mullin 24 hours earlier.
- Mansfield (yes, Mansfield again) have also been signing players. Shocker. They’ve gone in for Solihull Moors winger Omari Sterling-James. Steve Evans said he ‘had someone watch non-league for him’ who spotted Omari, and he even got to see him once himself. Armchair scouting again eh Steve? It seems John Schofield did teach you something. I’m sure it’s a good deal on sensible wages and all of that malarkey, but deep down I suspect Steve was just getting itchy about not buying a player for a week.
- It seems that National League players are quite fashionable these days, because Coventry City have dipped down there for their new striker too. Maxime Biamou might not have been one of the most recognisable names from last years campaign, but nonetheless he scored 14 times and has earned a move to the Ricoh. If rumours is to be believed Coventry had to act to bring in a striker after missing out on Matt Green.
- It’s easy to forget Grimsby are in our league as well, I suspect there’s a hint of dread about the upcoming campaign for them. Their season tickets are selling like iced drinks in December and their transfer policy has been so unremarkable I’m not sure even the players who have signed realise the news has been released. 33-year old defender Nathan Clarke has signed on a one-year deal. I remember when we signed a couple of veteran defenders in Steve Welsh and Dave Barnett. That went well.
- I read with utter delight this week that Ecotricity, the company owned by Dale Vince, is coming under increased criticism from customer for excessive price rises. It is being suggested price rises implemented this Monday will push the cost of running an electric car to a similar level as that of a well-run petrol engine. Green energy campaigners are up in arms, suggesting he should be ensuring the price of green energy stays low, rather than subsidising a football team that loses £2.5m per year. The full Telegraph article is here, and I’d strongly you suggest you read it, especially if any part of you is still comfortable with the so-called Forest Green Rovers miracle.