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Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by LiviLion on Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:17 pm

CB pairing of Halkett and Gallagher next season is a very good start.

Am I right saying the only players we have confirmed for next season are Halkett, Gallagher, Pittman, Knox, Mullin, Mullen and Sampson? Can't see Hopkin getting rid of Lithgow and Crighton, and imagine we'll be trying to keep Longridge, Byrne, Miller, Cadden and Buchanan. Keaghan should be getting better with more game time too. If Jesus Garcia Tena still doesn't have a club I wouldn't mind trying to bring him back in.

Anyone in particular we should be looking to sign? Will we get a natural RB?

Goalkeepers
Neil Alexander
Gary Maley

Defenders
Declan Gallagher
Craig Halkett
Alan Lithgow
Jackson Longridge

Midfielders
Ross Brown
Shaun Byrne
Raffaele De Vita
Keaghan Jacobs
Matthew Knox
Josh Mullin
Scott Pittman
Craig Reid
Scott Robinson
Joe Thomson

Strikers
Dale Carrick
Dylan Mackin
Danny Mullen
Josh Peters
Nikolay Todorov

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In
Neil Alexander - Aberdeen
Ross Brown - East Fife
Dylan Mackin - Motherwell
Josh Peters - Forfar Athletic
Scott Robinson - East Fife
Joe Thomson - Celtic (Loan)
Nikolay Todorov - Hearts (Loan)

Out
Liam Buchanan - raif
Sean Crighton - Brechin City
Liam Kelly - Rangers (End of loan)
Morgyn Neill - Stranraer
Jack Ogilvie - Pumpherston (Loan)
Kyle Sampson - Pumpherston (Loan)
Jordan Sinclair - Released
Nikolay Todorov - Hearts (End of loan)


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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by Bertie Bassett on Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:10 pm

Brilliant news that Big Dec is staying. And I'm sure more of the current squad will extend their stays; but we will need to strengthen
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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by Liviforever on Sun Apr 30, 2017 2:45 pm

Read Rafa was wanting to stay for next season and was hoping to get a deal sorted sometime next week. If we manage to get Buchs signed back up too we'll have quite a few Championship quality players already for next season.

                                 GK

RB               Gallagher      Halkett            Longridge



            Keghan/Miller/Byrne/Pittman/Millar/Rafa*


                        Mullen   Buchanan*



Imo those players are def Championship quality and will all play well at that level, I know Byrne and Miller moved to us from teams in the Championship to get first team football but they've been quality for us and just can't see them not doing well, esp Byrne, he's up there with Pittman as a class midfielder.

Cadden will face a new challenge as he's not played at that level but I think he will be fine, Mullin didn't really stand out the last time playing there but I think he's come on a lot this season and will be a lot better this time.

I also think Lithgow and Crighton will be ok, not sure if Hopkin will keep playing a back 3 of 3 CB's but we need to get a RB signed if we're going to seriously make a fist of it, we can't get away with pissing about with Crighton at RB again, that's fine if needs must but we should be looking to get the squad set up properly pre season and have positions filled with players who naturally play there.

So basically our midfield is fine, and so is our forward line for a starting 11, but another quality midfielder never hurts and a big forward to make changes tactically when needed should be targeted (i'd try and get Todorov signed). Prob need another 2 forwards to make sure we are covered for injuries and suspensions. Not sure what Hopkin's plans for our out on loan players, Neill and Carrick, I think both have done well for their on loan teams but not sure if either will want to come back if they aren't getting first team football. Carrick would have more chance that Neill of that.

*Rafa and Buchanan are in talks with the cub so hopefully both sign soon.
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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by Bertie Bassett on Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:54 pm

Yeah, I'd happily take all those back.

Byrne would be a top division candidate IF he had pace and/or regular goals in his locker. He can ghost past players with a feint but that won't be so easy next season. His close control & reading of the game are very good. In some ways he reminds me of Billy Stark but he plays deeper so doesn't pose the same goal threat as Stark did.

If we still have Knox next season he might benefit from a loan spell in the division we have just won.
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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by Liviforever on Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:46 pm

Yeah it didn't do Snoddy and Dorrans any harm being put on loan to lower league teams, would get him regular games and bring him on with his development a bit quicker than the odd game for us would.
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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by Bertie Bassett on Wed May 03, 2017 8:12 pm

Liviforever wrote:Read Rafa was wanting to stay for next season and was hoping to get a deal sorted sometime next week.

Rafa and Buchanan are in talks with the cub so hopefully both sign soon.

Half way there... Rafa staying until June 2018 cheers cheers
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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by Liviforever on Wed May 03, 2017 10:23 pm

Good stuff, he's exactly the player we need next season in the Championship, adds a touch of class up front. His pass to Pittman for his goal on Sat was superb. Has helped Cadden this season too with advice.
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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by Bertie Bassett on Thu May 04, 2017 12:23 am

He was heavily involved in the 3rd as well
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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by Afro on Thu May 04, 2017 3:39 pm

I count that as 10 players definitely here for next season. Very refreshing for us to get our business done so soon, especially given we've still one more game to play of this season! Pleased Rafa is staying on, technically the best player in the squad and comfortable in so many positions in AM, out wide and up front. I think he'll be a big player for us next season, and I'm keen to see how DH utilises him. I think we may well ditch 4-4-2 to get the extra body into midfield, in that case I can see him wide left or behind the front man if so.
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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by Liviforever on Thu May 04, 2017 4:04 pm

Plenty options with the players we have anyway.
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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by Bertie Bassett on Thu May 04, 2017 9:39 pm

Byrne now confirmed for next season cheers cheers
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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by Liviforever on Thu May 04, 2017 10:23 pm

Need to start listing which players are signed cause I thought both Byrne and Miller were on 2 year deals last season. Lithgow, Cadden and Crighton  were signed on 2 year deals from Airdrie, just had that confirmed on P&B.



Right i'll start it off with the ones I know are signed.

Danny Mullen
Scott Pittman
Rafa De Vita
Dec Gallagher
Craig Halkett
Shaun Byrne
Matthew Knox
Josh Mullin (according to EL's squad for last season Mullin was contracted to May 2018)
Sean Crighton
Alan Lithgow
Nicky Cadden
Jackson Longridge   
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Mark Millar?
Mikey Miller?
Jordan Sinclair

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*Edited to include Jackson Longridge now.


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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by Liviforever on Fri May 05, 2017 3:27 pm

With Ayr likely being relegated i wonder if we could tempt their RB away from them. Nicky Devlin was voted by the players in the Championship team of the season.
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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by Bertie Bassett on Fri May 05, 2017 11:06 pm

Jacko confirmed for next season cheers cheers
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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by Liviforever on Sat May 06, 2017 9:33 am

Just need Liam Buchanan, Mikey Miller and Keaghan Jacobs now and we've got the best core group of players from this season. Read we're looking to sign another 4 or 5 new players too.
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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by Bertie Bassett on Sat May 06, 2017 11:17 am

Agreed, signing up those three would be a good thing.

We still need a goalie and a specialist right back and a forward or two to provide serious cover & challenge to DM & LB (assuming he stays).

IMO Kelly improved over the course of the season so I would not be unhappy if he came back.
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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by Liviforever on Sat May 06, 2017 1:05 pm

I just keep thinking about his howlers against East Fife, and the one he chucked into his own net in our 2-2 draw with Alloa. I got nervous whenever someone hit a 25 yard shot straight at him after that. His kicking got better though and he was part of the defence which was the best in the league so he wasn't all bad.

Are we in with a chance of getting Neil Alexander?

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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by orco on Sun May 07, 2017 2:26 am

I think our defence saved Kelly from being more exposed. I'd like a big goalie who takes control of his area and lets his defenders know when he is taking the ball. The Albion Rovers guy today looked decent.
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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by Bertie Bassett on Sun May 07, 2017 10:07 am

In defence (no pun intended) of Kelly, I think he is one of the best communicators we have had in goal. He never stops talking to the players in front of him, advising who is open for a pass, who is under pressure, that pressure is coming on the ball carrier's blind side. He is usually vocal when he is coming for a ball as well.

Every goalie can be caught out & when they are it is usually at the expense of a goal.

Is he the best available? No idea... But he definitely isn't the worst.

Neil Alexander? If we can afford him then why not? Would he want to step down a level? Probably would depend on other offers & maybe if coaching was part of the deal.
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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by Liviforever on Sun May 07, 2017 12:46 pm

Imo Hurst at QP and Muir at East Fife are the 2 best keepers in League One, and not just when playing against us, I've read other fans and their own fans praising them up.

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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by orco on Sun May 07, 2017 4:22 pm

Hurst is with East Fife on loan from St Johnstone. Muir is with Queens Park. Says he went to East Fife in June 2016 and returned to Queens Park in August 2016. Strange! Shocked
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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by LiviLion on Tue May 09, 2017 10:33 am

Need to get Buchanan signed up, getting stressed out at the thought of him scoring against us.
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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by Liviforever on Tue May 09, 2017 12:38 pm

And seeing him score 16 or 17 goals for another Championship team wouldn't be doing your stress levels much good either. Hopefully he'll agree terms sometime this week.
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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by LiviLion on Tue May 09, 2017 3:19 pm

Liviforever wrote:And seeing him score 16 or 17 goals for another Championship team wouldn't be doing your stress levels much good either. Hopefully he'll agree terms sometime this week.

Probably sign for the team finishing 8th - condemning us to 9th or 10th.

Nightmares.
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Re: Next Season/Ins and Outs Thread

Post by Liviforever on Tue May 09, 2017 3:29 pm

LiviLion wrote:
Liviforever wrote:And seeing him score 16 or 17 goals for another Championship team wouldn't be doing your stress levels much good either. Hopefully he'll agree terms sometime this week.

Probably sign for the team finishing 8th - condemning us to 9th or 10th.

Nightmares.

St Midden, or even worse John Hugh's Raith? I really think that would tip me over the edge. affraid Laughing

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