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Re: 2018-2019 Playing squad

Postby BornundertheElmslie » Fri May 18, 2018 5:43 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever known a day like this one for transfer news in 36 years of being a Stones fan. Great watching it all unfold. Kudos to the board too for sorting out what is a competitive budget, addressing the concerns we were overspending but still giving BW decent funds to play with.

You don’t announce 10 new signings in 1 day 3 weeks after the season ends without having done your homework. These aren’t panic signings, they look well thought through targets that the management team have specifically gone after. Some will be successful, some will be average, some will be duds. Happens to every club every season.

A mass clear out of the previous squad was necessary as we failed to achieve our targets last season. Many thanks for your service, good luck at your new clubs, goodbye. The new signings are a range of experience, talented young players and some squad players. We have gone down the path previously of signing big names on big money who flatter to deceive and I don’t really see that with this new group. The management team seem to have gone after specific players to fit their style of football.

Mambo could be a great coup, Gardiner was highly rated at Dartford, Grant is a quality left back with 80 National South appearances at a young age, Agyemang is a talented young forward. Lench is a great signing - bit of a coup to get one of Slough’s best players given they are now in our division. Add them to North, Okimo, Green, Monakana, Williams, Pratt, Bubb, Gayle and Cox and that’s a decent group. The others I don’t know much about apart from Hatton who is still only 30 but won the Conferece National play offs with Wimbledon.

A few more possible signings to come apparently which could excite. It’s great to be putting the disappointment of last season behind us, starting afresh with a new group the manager wants and seeing what they can achieve,
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Re: 2018-2019 Playing squad

Postby deadly » Fri May 18, 2018 6:34 pm

Wow.
What a day. It's just like a manager putting on all the subs on at once to change a game. :P :P :P
A very impressive day of signings.
All looks good & promising for the forthcoming season, with plenty of time to weld everyone into a team.

And a good clear out too.
Nothing like a good clearout.

I feel a lot better now.


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Re: 2018-2019 Playing squad

Postby Elmslie Ender » Sat May 19, 2018 5:33 am

An interesting day yesterday for sure. Doubt we have ever had so many signings in a day before. Have to be honest, when the names were being announced it was largely meh, but that’s exactly what the chairman said we would look to sign at the end of last season. Players that give you 7/10 every week rather than oscillate between 5 and 9, which is much more in the mould of a BW side. We have lacked consistency and these signings look like players that will perform week in week out in a consistent manner.

Responses from supporters of their previous clubs would suggest that if Mambo can stay fit, and it’s a big if, there is a player with star quality there. Lench and Grant as well seem to be great signings, whilst the only one being panned is Hatton.

This is now BW’s team , his style of players and will have bought into what he wants. Over to the management team.

Hopefully the rumoured potential signings , depending on ongoing negotiations, provide the quality that will sprinkle some star dust on the team.
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Re: 2018-2019 Playing squad

Postby The Guvnor » Sat May 19, 2018 5:40 am

Agree that of all the signings yesterday only Grant and Lench look like first team starters to me although of course 1 or 2 may surprise us. Mambo if he stays fit will obviously also feature but there has to be a massive question mark over a player who retired through injury only 6 months ago. I wish him all the best but I just can't see it.
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Re: 2018-2019 Playing squad

Postby attic » Sat May 19, 2018 9:31 am

We've actually got quite a few 'names' inherited from last seasons squad. The key now is to supplement them with hard working, consistent players of which I'd like to think the majority of these guys are. Of course there is another 'name' that is rumoured to being very close to signing of which would add some real pace, creativity and finishing power to our team. As I've said, the majority of teams that did well this year weren't full of 'galacticos'.

Considering who we've signed at left back and the fact Okimo will surely be looking to start in midfield as our anchor man, does put into question the places of Green and Cox as automatic starters would you not say??
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Re: 2018-2019 Playing squad

Postby Waltons Left Boot » Sat May 19, 2018 11:48 am

attic wrote:Considering who we've signed at left back and the fact Okimo will surely be looking to start in midfield as our anchor man, does put into question the places of Green and Cox as automatic starters would you not say??


These two have been questioned all season. Green we all know has the quality to play at this level or higher but frustrates because we don't see it game to game, or even minute to minute in a game. Cox is much more consistent, but isn't a passer of quality.

I expect central midfield is a key area BW is looking at, finding a ball winner who can run forwards and pass incisively too.

Is Matty Harriot still in the US?
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Re: 2018-2019 Playing squad

Postby worruz » Sat May 19, 2018 12:39 pm

Agree on Matty Harriot. I’d love to see him back with us if at all possible.
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Re: 2018-2019 Playing squad

Postby The Guvnor » Sat May 19, 2018 12:56 pm

Double agree on Hariott. He had good athleticism, could put a tackle in and was always looking forward either with a pass or going past someone to open things up a bit. And he could score a goal too. In short he made things happen whereas I don't think that could be said of any of our central midfield these past few seasons. We are just so one paced and predictable in that area so BW has to add the zip that we need. And unfortunately Green and Cox were the epitome of that ineffective play and they are still with us so lets see, but I don't think it would take much to replace them. Okimo as holding and a sharp proactive creative player alongside him will work for me so hopefully in amongst all those recent signings one of those exists.
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Re: 2018-2019 Playing squad

Postby craigw87 » Sun May 20, 2018 10:35 am

The Guvnor wrote:Double agree on Hariott. He had good athleticism, could put a tackle in and was always looking forward either with a pass or going past someone to open things up a bit. And he could score a goal too. In short he made things happen whereas I don't think that could be said of any of our central midfield these past few seasons. We are just so one paced and predictable in that area so BW has to add the zip that we need. And unfortunately Green and Cox were the epitome of that ineffective play and they are still with us so lets see, but I don't think it would take much to replace them. Okimo as holding and a sharp proactive creative player alongside him will work for me so hopefully in amongst all those recent signings one of those exists.


Last i can see of Hariott was playing for Wilmington Hammerheads FC in the US 2 years ago. No other online records seem to show any other clubs since.
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Re: 2018-2019 Playing squad

Postby Wobs » Sun May 20, 2018 11:25 pm

craigw87 wrote:
The Guvnor wrote:Double agree on Hariott. He had good athleticism, could put a tackle in and was always looking forward either with a pass or going past someone to open things up a bit. And he could score a goal too. In short he made things happen whereas I don't think that could be said of any of our central midfield these past few seasons. We are just so one paced and predictable in that area so BW has to add the zip that we need. And unfortunately Green and Cox were the epitome of that ineffective play and they are still with us so lets see, but I don't think it would take much to replace them. Okimo as holding and a sharp proactive creative player alongside him will work for me so hopefully in amongst all those recent signings one of those exists.


Last i can see of Hariott was playing for Wilmington Hammerheads FC in the US 2 years ago. No other online records seem to show any other clubs since.


Nasty knee injury curtailed his USA experience. Attended a number of WFC matches in 2016/17 season (and I think last season too if I remember correctly). GB kept in touch with him. Last I spoke to Matty he had been referred to specialists at either Lilleshall or St George's Park.
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