Who would you bring in?
#1

So, whilst this goes against the club motto, sometimes you have to go back a little to move forward. Is it possible we’ve tried to do this all a bit too quickly and we should have transitioned more gradually, accommodating quality local players who couldn’t go full time?  It’s not a criticism, I was supportive of everything that went on under Rowe during the close season in terms of recruitment, though I was gutted to see certain players leave. In hindsight though, it created a risk. 

It’s been quiet on the recruitment front, but hopefully things are going on behind the scenes and we’re ‘keeping our powder dry’.  I would happily see any of the following back, even if it was short term and on our terms to allow time for longer term planning:

Keiran Thomas
Liam Daly
Alex Whittle
Spencer Hamilton
Joe Hanks

Think the defence is the most critical. I think that would be a very solid back four. I must admit I was very disappointed with Whittle 11 months ago, but sometimes you have to swallow your pride for the good of the club. 

Who would you bring in if asked?
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#2

Just Joe Hanks out of the original ones that left under Rowe, was sorry to see him not able to combine his career with his football but he has the next thirty years to think about.

We have to hope that young Max can live up to his hype. Other than that, scour the availaibility of players with Football League experience born in 1994.

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#3

As I said in the Kettering thread, Jake Cole has been the biggest loss we’ve had this season. He’s been so impressive with his leadership & direction (shouting!!!). Given that he is probably still a week or three away from being fit again either an experienced cover for him (which probably wouldn’t work in the short term due to unfamiliarity with the defence) or Liam Daly back. His concrete forehead & bad language is needed. Saying that, Barnet & then Stourbridge have conceded a lot of goals in his time away, so maybe his legs have gone completely.

Plus a forward as a foil for MMcC. Someone to run defenders down & be available for an out ball.
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#4

Hamilton for guts, Hanks for Thomas, Noel Williams to be a thorough nuisance upfront.
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#5

The frustrating thing is that even PG knew we needed a main striker which is why we had Gold,Tav(think I saw he's at Brackley and doing well)and Leon at different stages since Asante left yet we still managed to start the season without one.
I thought the lad from Oxford seemed a right handful for defenders and contributed to us staying up, think his name was Dejon.

(09-09-2021, 09:56 PM)Citygull Wrote:  Hamilton for guts, Hanks for Thomas, Noel Williams to be a thorough nuisance upfront.
Was Noel Williams the player from Oxford? Where did I get Dejon from. Huh
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#6

Spencer Hamilton for me, he's bagged a few MofM of late at Chipps, and would go full time I am sure.
He would run through a brick wall for the club when he played for us.
Having said that it's probably unrealistic to get anyone back but stranger things have happened I guess.
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(09-09-2021, 09:57 PM)Prorsum Semper Wrote:  Was Noel Williams the player from Oxford? Where did I get Dejon from. Huh
Dejon Noel-Williams
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(09-09-2021, 09:59 PM)Severnside Wrote:  Spencer Hamilton for me, he's bagged a few MofM of late at Chipps, and would go full time I am sure.
He would run through a brick wall for the club when he played for us.
Having said that it's probably unrealistic to get anyone back but stranger things have happened I guess.
Agree with this, at least one occasion he and others took pay cuts (from not a lot as a starting point) when the club was struggling. I know emotion is generally sneered at in football but he deserves rewarding.
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#9

(09-09-2021, 10:00 PM)OldDirtyGlasses Wrote:  Dejon Noel-Williams
Yes I think he was on Oxford Utd books when we had him on loan. His Dad Gifton was a successful striker too which was remarkable since he suffered from chronic arthritis following a knee injury early in his career.
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(09-09-2021, 09:59 PM)Severnside Wrote:  Spencer Hamilton for me…He would run through a brick wall for the club when he played for us.
Keiran the same from memory, absolute crunching tackles, letting the opposition know he was there early on, but generally without crossing the line.  He may be playing at a lower level but that was for personal reasons, not because he’s not good enough for this level. Should be in his prime now.
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