John McGreal Colchester side flirted with the play-offs for the majority of the season before eventually faltering and their bottom half finish won’t be beaten despite their signings. Harry Pell, Frank Nouble and Luke Norris have all been recruited from fellow league sides.
Impressive signings in the defensive department will mean there will be no repeat of last season’s sudden drop and with Michael Jolley’s first full season in charge, the mariners can look forward to sufficient improvement.
The most impressive feat achieved by the Railwaymen last season was their ability to field a full starting XI of academy graduates and successfully defeat Cheltenham, but they will be hopeful to continue their steady progress under David Artell.
At one point the Red Devils form was among the best in the division and they looked a good bet to make the top seven, but they weren’t able to continue their form for the remainder of the season. Harry Kewell’s side have had a decent transfer period with Morias joining from Bolton with a host of Championship experience under his belt.
It’s been a good summer for the Hertfordshire outfit with long serving Imps keeper Paul Farman joining and they’ll need his experience to keep League football in Stevenage for this campaign at least.
After Keith Curle resigned after three and a half years in the job, John Sheridan has a fair amount of expectation on his shoulders, and a lower finish is on the cards as part of Carlisle rebuilding project.
An anxious look over their shoulder at the bottom two beckons for Cheltenham who relied on the goals of Mo Eisa to keep them afloat. The Robins should have enough in them to stay in League Two this season but need a replacement up top.
Neil Aspin’s Vale side avoided relegation by a single point last time out but with two high goal-scoring strikers in Tom Pope and Ricky Miller, the distance between them and the drop zone should be a little more relaxing for the Staffordshire outfit.
Dale Vince’s prediction that Rovers should be a Championship side in the coming seasons have been a little overwhelming after their first season in the EFL saw them escape the drop by a single point. It looks like a similar story this time around if they can keep hold of top goal-scorer Doidge if they want to remain an EFL side.
Among the favourites for the drop by the bookies pre-season, but they have made a number of signings in the hope that they will defy the odds. Losing Mitch Hancox and Nathan Blissett will hamper their progress further up the standings, but they will survive their first hurdle.
Perhaps slightly fortunate to avoid the drop last time around after a draw against Coventry when both sides needed a single point, Morecambe will struggle down towards the lower half of the table unless they find some consistency.
The other side that will follow Morecambe out of the EFL are the Glovers who have flirted with relegation for the past few campaigns. With only a handful of incomings, Yeovil fans will be fearful of the season that lies ahead, and their fate come May.