League One Round-up – Gillingham sign Man Utd winger, Bristol Rovers pick up 6ft 6in stopper

If visiting us is one of your 'low points', you're not in a bad place. Try going to Boreham Wood. Courtesy Graham Burrell

It’s time for another round-up, not something that features the Imps but instead our League One rivals.

Whilst our gaffer and the team work tirelessly behind the scenes to sign someone, other clubs are showing their hands and drafting in new faces. We’re seeing impressive signings and, as usual, we’re seeing plenty of Evans hot air, which is where we start our round-up.

Willock in for Gills

Gillingham have signed Matty Willock, but you’d be forgiven for thinking they have signed a 22-year-old Ronaldo by the bluster and hot air from their manager.

To give you context, Willock is the often forgotten brother of Joe and Chris. He was on loan at Crawley last season and played for them in our 3-0 win. Remember? No? That’s because he was utter tosh.

St Mirren had him on loan last season and sent him back early. He’s been released by United after the series of failed spells out.

Now, bearing that in mind, here is what Evans had to say, as well as a snippet from the Gills official site.

“Gills fans should remember his name; they will love this signing. He is destined for greater things and we’ve beaten off some very significant interest from Championship clubs. He is nothing short of an outstanding talent.” – Evans

“He was released by Manchester United earlier this summer, his career pathway only blocked by experienced first-teamers such as Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard.” – Gills site.

JK Rowling better watch out, there is a new fiction writer in town.

Our 3-0 win at Crawley, featuring Matt Willock. Couldn’t find a picture with him on, tells you all you need to know. Courtesy Graham Burrell


Dutch giant joins Gas

I’m not talking about Kluivert I’m afraid, rather a huge keeper named Jordi van Stappershoef. Bristol Rovers fans are delighted, they released Adam Smith and Sam Slocombe before missing out on Jack Bonham. That left them short of a keeper and ‘short’ is not a word they’re going to use anymore.

Van Stappershoef is 6ft 6in tall and some Gas fans are claiming that his name translates into ‘van Shot Stopper’. It doesn’t, it’s actually translated as
‘from horseshoe’, but don’t let that get in the way of a good Twitter post.

He’s come from the Dutch second-tier and a club called FC Volendam. It might be a genius signing, or it might be the first and last we here of him.

At least they’ll make a few quid on shirt printing.

Pompey in £600,000 defender swoop

This is what we’re up against. We want to bring in this sort of figure for our star winger, but Portsmouth have stuck their bid in for Oldham’s George Edmundson.

He’s been the subject of bids from Glasgow Rangers, thought to be up to £500,000, but that’s not enough for the Latics. They’re holding out for £600,00 and that’s apparently now been matched by Peterborough as well as Pompey.

The youngster played 54 times for Oldham last season and is set for a big career in the game. If Rangers up their bid, surely that will be a big draw for him. Ibrox is a great stadium and the atmosphere for at least four matches a season would be enough to tempt any young player north of the border.