It’s relatively slow on the transfer front in League Two with only a couple of sides bring players in, but lots letting them leave.
- Saturday’s opponents Notts County have allowed Haydn Hollis to join relegation-haunted Forest Green Rovers. He’s had his contract terminated to make his move to the New Lawn easier, a bit like Liam Noble’s switch to Meadow Lane but completely different in terms of quality and value. Hollis, who progressed through the Magpies academy system before making his debut in 2012, made 137 appearances for the club and scored eight times. Hollis made just four appearances this season, the last of which was against City in the Checkatrade Trophy. Kevin Nolan said of his departure: “I would like to wish Haydn all the best in his new venture. Even though his first-team opportunities have been limited this season due to the fine form of Richard Duffy, Shaun Brisley and also Elliott Hewitt, his attitude in training and around the club has been first class.”
- Grimsby Town have reached an agreement with Sutton United to allow winger Tom Bolarinwa to move permanently move back to his old club. Bolarinwa has been on loan at Gander Green Lane since November, looking to play regular football after his 2016 move to Grimsby brought mainly appearances from the bench. The 27-year-old has since made ten league appearances for Sutton, scoring twice as the U’s push for promotion in the National League.
- Young Chesterfield striker Delial Brewster has joined non-league Chorley on loan until the end of the season. The 20-year-old joined Chesterfield in the summer following his release from Everton and made his debut for the Spireites on the opening day of the season. Since then he’s appeared twice more from the bench, but hasn’t been able to convince Jack Lester he’s ready for first team football.
- As I’m sure you know by now, Guiseley have signed former Imps player Dayle Southwell (pictured top) for an undisclosed fee from Wycombe Wanderers. The 24-year-old joined the Chairboys from Boston in June 2016 and also spent time on loan at City last season. He scored within minutes of making his debut against Welling, but a missed penalty against Woking and a petulant outburst at being subbed against North Ferriby led to him leaving the Imps. Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth told his club website: “I had high hopes for Dayle when he came here and unfortunately it just hasn’t worked out how we would have wanted. Nobody could ever fault Dayle’s effort and dedication because he worked his socks off in every training session and every game he played, but he hasn’t been able to force his way into the starting line-up regularly enough. He’s a great lad and I’m sure he’ll benefit from regular football at Guiseley. We wish him all the best for the future.”
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- Cheltenham Town have signing striker Elijah Adebayo on loan from Championship club Fulham. The 20-year old London-born player, who has been with Fulham since the age of eight, has signed a deal until the end of the season having recently penned a new long term contract at Craven Cottage. He’s big, powerful presence up top, standing at 6ft 4in and having scored 11 times for Fulham U23s
- This really isn’t amusing at all, but as Mansfield Town look set to reach the midway point of the January transfer window, they still haven’t signed anyone. Manager Steve Evans is clearly suffering withdrawal having not opened his cheque book, he told the Mansfield Chad: “I am smashing my head against the wall at the minute – some might think that’s a good idea! We are trying really hard. We have three or four things that we’re trying to make happen so we’ll see where they go. “It’s hard work to improve on what we’ve got. It’s hard to get them here – but we are trying.” If anyone has the footage of him smashing his head against a wall, can they send it to me please? I’d love to watch it again, and again, and again.