It’s all happening I’m our division at the moment, here’s some stories that have piqued my interest this morning.
Firstly, Cardiff are allegedly lining up a £1m bid for Forest Green striker Christian Doidge (pictured top). It’s hardly surprising that he’s in demend, he’s single-handedly dragged them from the National League into League Two and this season has scored 17 goals in 32 appearances. He’s a proper poacher, instinctive and decisive in front of goal.
Any move for him would be a massive blow for Forest Green, although they are doing lots of business early. A couple of days ago they moved to add Weston-super-Mare midfielder Dayle Grubb and York City defender Alex Whittle to their ranks. Yesterday, they looked to tighten that leaky defence by bringing in Farrend Rawson and Gavin Gunning on 18-month deals. Rawson made 14 appearances on loan at Accrington this season, whereas Gunning Port Vale on 1 January at the end of his contract, having made 27 appearances this season.
It’s not the first time Cooperman has moved en mass to bring in new faces and he’s expected to sign more before the transfer window shuts. let’s hope he doesn’t fall out with this lot, eh?
Striker Omar Bugiel, second highest scorer despite spending most of his time sat next to Cooperman on the bench, has joined Bromley on loan. Bugiel has scored eight times from nine starts for Forest Green, but has made 26 cameo appearances from the bench.
Struggling Chesterfield have been all over the signings too, but remember all of these clubs have matches this weekend and we do not, hence their swiftness. They’ve signed forward Zavon Hines, while Millwall defender Sid Nelson and Barnsley midfielder Josh Kay have joined on loan deals. Hines is a former West Ham youth who had his contract cancelled by mutual consent at non-league Maidstone. Hines, who is 29, has scored 17 league goals in his entire career and represents a real gamble for Jack Lester.
Nelson has featured in 12 League Two games on loan at Yeovil this term, while Kay made two appearances during a month-long spell with National League side Tranmere.
Yeovil are beginning to look decimated as City are. Not only have they lost Sid Nelson, but Bournemouth midfielder Matt Worthington looks unlikely to return after his six-month loan spell concluded earlier this week. Darren Wray had been keen to keep Worthington at the club, but the midfielder posted a thank you message to the club and wished the Glovers luck for the future on his Instagram account.
Unbelievable experience and thoroughly enjoyed my time @ytfcofficial want to thank all the fans for their support and thank the players , manager and staff for making my time there so easy and enjoyable! I wish all the success everyone associated with the club deserve! Starting with the big game Saturday ?#uptheglovers
Stevenage have also been slimming their squad down, Harry Beautyman has left after only joining in the summer. He’s joined Football League hopefuls Sutton United. 25-year-old Beautyman originally joined the U’s in summer of 2011 after being released by Leyton Orient, but has since been at Northampton, Peterborough and the Lamex Stadium, where’s he made eight starts including the 2-1 defeat at the hands of City in September.
Remember, it isn’t all bad news. We’ve signed Danny Rowe and he met with press (and me) yesterday to chat about his desire for the future. I’ll be writing up the interview for the club programme shortly, but rest assured we have a very grounded and unassuming young man here on loan for the rest of the season. He’s been likened to Harry Anderson, quick and direct but perhaps a little more refined whereas Harry brings raw power. They’ll offer distinctly different threats from the same areas and will also be interchangeable if we want to baffle full-backs during a game. Keep those eyes peeled for more news too, I have it on good authority we’ll be announcing moves before we visit Rochdale.