With under a week to go before the kick-off of the 2022/2023 season it’s the best time to provide you with the latest information of what has been going on within the world of League One, writes new Stacey West journalist Samuel Rowson.
This will be a weekly post throughout the season to make sure the Stacey West readers have the best and most up-to-date information regarding League 1. With the transfer window still open for another month, we will start off with a familiar face that will turn up at the bank this year.
Charlton sign former Imp after an impressive League Two stint.
We won’t just be seeing one former Imp next season when Charlton Athletic come to the bank on October 8th. Connor McGrandles will be joined in midfield by Jack Payne as the former Imp makes the move from Swindon on a permanent two-year deal. After playing 78 times for The Robins over two seasons, scoring 17 goals in the process has seen him catch the eye of a potential play-off outsider in Charlon. Whether Jack will be able to step up to the challenges of League 1 is another matter after two years outside the third tier. But if he is to carry on his good form of the past two years, then he could easily become a regular in an Addicks midfield; only time will tell.
Exeter still yet to sign
As the season opener is getting ever closer fans across the country are constantly thinking and discussing who their team could potentially bring in before the opening day and subsequently before the end of the transfer window. Also with pre-season friendlies already been and gone fans have had a chance to take stock and look at how their new look teams might shape up for the 2022/23 season.
This will not be the case for our opening day opponents Exeter and their fans. As of time of writing, they are yet to bring in a single new face to the first team squad. And on the back of releasing 8 players after their 2nd place finish in League 2 last term earning them promotion. Exeter City’s squad could be on the light side should the manager and scouting team not manage to do some quick deals.
Grecian fans are hoping that this extremely unfortunate transfer window will not be the club’s undoing in securing a second season in the third tier for the first time since 2010/11.
Wednesday set to tear the Roofe off League 1 with incoming Striker.
If sources are to be believed, Sheffield Wednesday are in the running to sign the forward Kemar Roofe from Scottish side Rangers. Although the Scottish side are not going to let him go without a fight as first team manager Giovanni Van Bronckhorst stated that Roofe is still a key part of his plan at Rangers, . Especially as Roofe has netted 24 times in 45 games despite being injured throughout his two year spell at the club. This recent run of injuries might put the Owls off who are looking to bounce back into the Championship at the second time of asking. Other clubs in the running for his signature include Derby County who since the sale of the club was finalised earlier in the summer have been on a signing spree getting 11 players through the door. Roofe was made famous by his transformation under Michael Appleton at Oxford, which earned him a move to Leeds United.
Kit Dilemma Across the English Game!
Excluding a few seasons, Lincoln City like many others across the English and European game have had a new kit every season, with this first being in the 1989-90 season. Every year the kits are speculated and fans get impatient but this year us fans will have to wait longer than normal.
It is down to a multitude of factors the main ones being:
- Covid still having an effect on the factories and the workers which produce the garments, either in Europe or East Asia.
- Also with supply chains entering the UK experiencing huge backlogs due to Brexit, football clubs like any other business will have to wait their turn to receive delivery of their goods.
This means that with just days to go until the start of the season only 44 out of the 92 English teams have both home and away kits for sale. With a staggering 19 teams having neither available. This normal avenue is usually a quick revenue maker for the clubs, especially those in the lower reaches of the English game. So many clubs will, unfortunately, have to wait a little longer before they can really capitalise on that new kit buzz that comes around every summer. Let’s just hope they arrive before Christmas!
Morecambe x Fury- The short Sponsor
Lancashire outfit Morecambe have landed a lucrative sponsorship deal with an International sporting star in Tyson Fury. Fury being born in Manchester has trained in Morecambe for most of his career, when it was announced at the press event Fury said:
“Big announcement – the Gypsy King has just sponsored my local club, Morecambe Football Club”
The deal will see his brand ‘Gypsy King’ feature on the back of the players home and away shorts. This is keeping in the recent trend of celebrities sporting or not supporting their local teams with sponsorship revenue. After singer Ed Sheeran put his name to the kits of his boyhood club Ipswich Town. With the singer carrying this on into a second season. Maybe this will pave the way for more lower league teams to think outside the box and approach locally based celebrities for future sponsorship deals.