MK Dons did well to get 19 goals out of him last season. He started out wanting a move, didn’t really settle until September and even then wasn’t quite as impressive as he could be.
After all, we’re talking a former Arsenal trainee here, physically imposing and once described by Arsene Wenger as similar to Yaya Toure. He’s since converted to a striker and did look good in patches last season.
His contract ends this month and he didn’t show up for pre-season training. Paul Tisdale was diplomatic about the situation, expecting him to leave the club.
Now he has, he’s gone to Charlton Athletic in the Championship. I’d say best of luck to him, but I don’t really care one way or the other.
24-year-old Lockyer has been part of the Bristol Rovers furniture, coming through the youth ranks and progressing to club captain. He’s seen their promotion from the National League, as well as them going straight through League Two.
He won’t see any more action in a Gas shirt as he’s also gone to Charlton. He’s chosen the Addicks over Forest and Portsmouth, but given that one of those clubs are League One and the other change manager as often as I change the sheets on my bed, it’s not a surprise.
This gives me a little opportunity to express slight concern for Charlton. I like Lee Bowyer and admire the job he’s done at the Valley, but that’s three players he’s signed, one from League One, one from League Two and one from the National League.
Has Paul Hurst’s failed strategy at Ipswich taught them nothing?
I had to finish on this one, mainly because it’s Rochdale and they’re the sort of side often forgotten about in round-ups.
I’ve not picked this move because of that though, it’s simply a new deal for a player. The reason I’ve picked it is the player in question, Aaron Wilbraham, is 39-years-old.
He’s more or less as old as me, give or take a few months. I get tired walking up the steps to the Upper Coop these days, this guy is still playing football, not only that but at a good standard too.
He scored four times for Rochdale last season and has played in all four divisions of the English game. Hats off to him for keeping himself in such good shape he’s still going strong today.