- An unnamed League Two club is currently the most likely destination for Peterborough’s out of favour striker, Ricky Miller. Miller’s Posh dream turned sour very quickly, today even his chairman called him out in public, stating he’s being too picky over his eventual destination. Barry Fry confirmed Miller has agreed a deal with an unnamed League Two club, but they’re holding out for a sale. they’re going to have to concede though, nobody is going to pay them £200k for striker they’ve publicly declared they no longer want. It’s not exactly the best bit of business Posh have been involved in. It was confirmed that the club he had agreed to join wasn’t Barnet though. Sorry lads.
- League Two side Stevenage have signed Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luke Amos on loan until the end of the season. He already appeared for Spurs’ under-21 side in defeats by AFC Wimbledon and Barnet in the EFL Trophy earlier this season, as well as spending some of the last campaign on loan at Southend.
- Former England defender Stephen Caulker had been training with Luton Town. Nathan Jones said: “I’ve known Steven for a number of years and I’ve got a very good relationship, a personal relationship with him because he came to us, myself and Terry Skiverton – he speaks very highly of myself and Terry, he was the one who gave him his debut. He stayed in touch and it was great to see his progression. We had himself, Ryan Mason, Andros Townsend – it was great to see them all go and play for England. So we’ve had a personal relationship and I see in recent times he’s been slightly troubled, but he wants to get back to the level he was. Looking at him, he’s a real physical specimen. I know what type of character he is. So we’re just giving him a little platform to train and to get back to that level and that’s what we’ve done.” He goes on a bit, does Nathan Jones. Maybe that’s why Alex didn’t fancy Luton.
- Neil Aspin isn’t a happy man as former Lincoln loan player Tom Anderson has been called back to Burnley early. Aspin said there was nothing Vale could do about losing Anderson, but added: “It is bad news. It has come out of the blue because, since the player has been here, he has played in a lot of games so has had the game time which a club hopes they will get when they loan them out. I spoke to Tom last week and he was happy here so it is disappointing that he has been recalled.” Anderson made six appearances for City under Gary Simpson, scoring once.
- Steve Evans has been shifting players out, perhaps in response to the club’s owner’s financial position. George Taft has been on loan at Cambridge United and he’s now gone back there until the end of the season. Evans said; “George had a terrific spell at the back end of his loan last time with Cambridge United so it made sense that they signed him again. George is a good player, there is no doubt he strengthens Shaun Derry’s team. He goes with our best wishes. He is a real good professional who was liked and respected by all of us.” Now, is it just me or does that sound a bite snidey? “There’s no doubt he strengthens Shaun Derry’s team”, but he’s not good enough for yours?
- It isn’t all going to plan for League Two’s most fashionable manager, Paul Tisdale. He’s been frustrated in attempts to strengthen the Grecians pack before the window closes. He said: “It’s a strange month because a lot of activity doesn’t always end up with a signing or some business. We’ve enquired and looked at numerous players who we think could add to our squad and haven’t found a way of making it happen. I think it’s been a frustrating time so far – there’s still a couple more days to go so we might get some business done.”
- Another manager not yet showing his hand is our old friend Keith Curle. Curle, who won my favour when he kicked off with Baron Greenback at Mansfied, has confirmed he’ll be working right up until the deadline on Wednesday evening to bolster his Carlisle United side. “We’re still in there and wheeling and dealing. I’ll be making phone calls and I’ll hopefully be speaking to a representative and a player today [Monday]. We always have to take on board the cost element. We don’t have bundles of cash and we won’t ever pay over the odds, so if I think a player is out of our league I won’t waste his time or ours. There’s always talk about salary cost management and percentages of spending, and things like that, but the one thing we can guarantee is that I will try to spend 100% of the money that’s made available to the football department.”
- Stephen Folan is causing some trouble over at Grimsby, despite having never played for them! The Irish defender spent time on trial at Blunder Parkin the summer, but in an interview with the Irish Sun today he blasted the Mariners after choosing to play for Dundalk. Talking to the so-called newspaper he said: “The manager, he tried to take me training at Charlton the summer before last, but that was blocked and, through a mutual friend, he had kept an eye on me. You go over and it’s not what you expect. You expect very, very high standards – it wasn’t that great. I just didn’t think at this stage of my career, at that level — not that I think I’m above it — but it was too much of a sacrifice to go to League Two with not enough rewards. I haven’t played in Europe either, that trumps playing boomball, back-to-front football.” Obviously, the most popular Grimsby manager in Lincoln, Russell Slade, has hit back. “He spent a day here and then went home. We would never have offered him a deal.” He added that Folan’s comments were somewhat disrespectful to the club and League Two in general, adding that he left after just one day of training with other trialists and the club’s youngsters. Sounds like Grimsby have quite a rigorous system for trialists, doesn’t it?