SWINDON TOWN: Storey could still make Pompey switch

Miles Storey could still move to Portsmouth on loan

Miles Storey could still move to Portsmouth on loan

First published in Sport

MILES Storey could still make a season-long loan switch to Portsmouth, Swindon Town chairman Lee Power has said.

Storey seemed set for a temporary switch to Fratton Park last month, only for the deal to be delayed after the striker had visited the south coast club for initial talks.

However, speaking on the BBC Wiltshire fans' phone-in this evening, Power said the move could still happen.

He said: "There've been conversations with Portsmouth and Miles has been down there. It's a possibility."

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6:42pm Mon 7 Jul 14

picolo.pete says...

What does Storey have to do to prove himself to Cooper, when he played in a few games on the trot towards the end of the Season He scored Goals Created loads of good chances & was the only Town Player who took the ball to the by line before crossing we do not have another player who does that & certainly not going to get a guaranteed top scorer due to lack of funds so why not give the Lad a go. One long term Town Season ticket Holder among many who reckon he as got to be worth it.
What does Storey have to do to prove himself to Cooper, when he played in a few games on the trot towards the end of the Season He scored Goals Created loads of good chances & was the only Town Player who took the ball to the by line before crossing we do not have another player who does that & certainly not going to get a guaranteed top scorer due to lack of funds so why not give the Lad a go. One long term Town Season ticket Holder among many who reckon he as got to be worth it. picolo.pete
  • Score: 7

6:46pm Mon 7 Jul 14

LydiardRED67 says...

picolo.pete wrote:
What does Storey have to do to prove himself to Cooper, when he played in a few games on the trot towards the end of the Season He scored Goals Created loads of good chances & was the only Town Player who took the ball to the by line before crossing we do not have another player who does that & certainly not going to get a guaranteed top scorer due to lack of funds so why not give the Lad a go. One long term Town Season ticket Holder among many who reckon he as got to be worth it.
Not for me I'm afraid. I know we all see games differently and for me, although Mils has worked his socks off when given the chance, I just sense there is something missing at this level.

I hope not, and he has shown glimpses but as I said, not for me.
[quote][p][bold]picolo.pete[/bold] wrote: What does Storey have to do to prove himself to Cooper, when he played in a few games on the trot towards the end of the Season He scored Goals Created loads of good chances & was the only Town Player who took the ball to the by line before crossing we do not have another player who does that & certainly not going to get a guaranteed top scorer due to lack of funds so why not give the Lad a go. One long term Town Season ticket Holder among many who reckon he as got to be worth it.[/p][/quote]Not for me I'm afraid. I know we all see games differently and for me, although Mils has worked his socks off when given the chance, I just sense there is something missing at this level. I hope not, and he has shown glimpses but as I said, not for me. LydiardRED67
  • Score: 8

6:49pm Mon 7 Jul 14

oo-r-ya? says...

I think he is a good impact sub when teams are tiring but he is far from the finished article. He has blistering pace but very often there is no end product and he gets knocked off the ball far too easily. I can see the sense in getting him game time and hopefully he will bulk up a bit. We can then reap the benefit or get rid if he doesn't develop. I can see the sense in this loan.
I think he is a good impact sub when teams are tiring but he is far from the finished article. He has blistering pace but very often there is no end product and he gets knocked off the ball far too easily. I can see the sense in getting him game time and hopefully he will bulk up a bit. We can then reap the benefit or get rid if he doesn't develop. I can see the sense in this loan. oo-r-ya?
  • Score: 5

7:33pm Mon 7 Jul 14

picolo.pete says...

I agree he gets knocked off the Ball at times but you could say that about half of the team & we have been saying since Di canio's time send him out on loan for game time why can't we give him game time I disagree about an impact sub when he was getting the games from the start back end of season He looked reasonably sharp & as I said before was creating chances & on the Bulking up again a lot of the team last year were young & improved over the course of the season because they were getting game time, we cannot afford to go out & get another Austin or Ranger Williams had loads of time but little end product better out wide Smith needs somebody to knock the ball down to & Storry could be the Player to fit that role, I think Coops prefers the 433 & doesn't think Story can play it.
I agree he gets knocked off the Ball at times but you could say that about half of the team & we have been saying since Di canio's time send him out on loan for game time why can't we give him game time I disagree about an impact sub when he was getting the games from the start back end of season He looked reasonably sharp & as I said before was creating chances & on the Bulking up again a lot of the team last year were young & improved over the course of the season because they were getting game time, we cannot afford to go out & get another Austin or Ranger Williams had loads of time but little end product better out wide Smith needs somebody to knock the ball down to & Storry could be the Player to fit that role, I think Coops prefers the 433 & doesn't think Story can play it. picolo.pete
  • Score: -2

8:04pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Robinonfire says...

Should keep Storey.

Must be Power telling Cooper what to do.
Should keep Storey. Must be Power telling Cooper what to do. Robinonfire
  • Score: -15

8:43pm Mon 7 Jul 14

ciclosporindorset says...

Try listening. First of all we shall play Williams as part of a 2 man strike force. Secondly the layer expressed a desire for regular first team action. His contract has at least 2 seasons to go. We can stil get more after a year at Pompey.
Try listening. First of all we shall play Williams as part of a 2 man strike force. Secondly the layer expressed a desire for regular first team action. His contract has at least 2 seasons to go. We can stil get more after a year at Pompey. ciclosporindorset
  • Score: 0

11:03pm Mon 7 Jul 14

london paolo says...

Can someone remind me which striker options we have left currently? N'Guessan released. Ranger…well, we know about that episode. Ajose went back to Posh late last season. Pritchard, Mason back to Spurs. Williams? Recovered from his bad injury? Storey? Am I missing anyone?
Can someone remind me which striker options we have left currently? N'Guessan released. Ranger…well, we know about that episode. Ajose went back to Posh late last season. Pritchard, Mason back to Spurs. Williams? Recovered from his bad injury? Storey? Am I missing anyone? london paolo
  • Score: -2

11:46pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Cleuso says...

A move to Portsmouth will either make him or break him..the jury is still out.

As to Robin on fire, as you always criticise the club hardly surprising the stance you take
A move to Portsmouth will either make him or break him..the jury is still out. As to Robin on fire, as you always criticise the club hardly surprising the stance you take Cleuso
  • Score: 0

12:15am Tue 8 Jul 14

Oxon-Red says...

london paolo wrote:
Can someone remind me which striker options we have left currently? N'Guessan released. Ranger…well, we know about that episode. Ajose went back to Posh late last season. Pritchard, Mason back to Spurs. Williams? Recovered from his bad injury? Storey? Am I missing anyone?
Smith and Williams are the two recognised strikers currently. Plenty of time to sign others.

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]london paolo[/bold] wrote: Can someone remind me which striker options we have left currently? N'Guessan released. Ranger…well, we know about that episode. Ajose went back to Posh late last season. Pritchard, Mason back to Spurs. Williams? Recovered from his bad injury? Storey? Am I missing anyone?[/p][/quote]Smith and Williams are the two recognised strikers currently. Plenty of time to sign others. COYMR Oxon-Red
  • Score: 0

3:00am Tue 8 Jul 14

Fernham Red says...

Barker, Waldon, Williams, Smith & Storey - as Oxon says above, I expect Smith & Williams will be starting up front for the forthcoming friendlies.

I'm hoping Harley and Tijane will have a good pre-season as they would be like 2 new midfield signings in an area we are already strong.

Turley, Stephens, Matt Jones and Branco should provide decent CB coverage this season too - I don't think there are too many new additions to be made beyond that.

Khalil Lambin (attack) and Jonathan Vandesompele (Midfield) are still on trial too so we could be looking at a complete squad of 22:

(Even with Storey on loan)


Wes, Belford (GK)
Byrne, Thompson, Barthram, Da Costa (RB/LB)
Stephens, Turley, Jones, Branco (CB)
Luongo, Kasim, Gladwin, Harley, Tijane, Thompson, Vandesompele (MID)
Smith, Williams, Lambin, Waldron, Barker (ATT)
Barker, Waldon, Williams, Smith & Storey - as Oxon says above, I expect Smith & Williams will be starting up front for the forthcoming friendlies. I'm hoping Harley and Tijane will have a good pre-season as they would be like 2 new midfield signings in an area we are already strong. Turley, Stephens, Matt Jones and Branco should provide decent CB coverage this season too - I don't think there are too many new additions to be made beyond that. Khalil Lambin (attack) and Jonathan Vandesompele (Midfield) are still on trial too so we could be looking at a complete squad of 22: (Even with Storey on loan) Wes, Belford (GK) Byrne, Thompson, Barthram, Da Costa (RB/LB) Stephens, Turley, Jones, Branco (CB) Luongo, Kasim, Gladwin, Harley, Tijane, Thompson, Vandesompele (MID) Smith, Williams, Lambin, Waldron, Barker (ATT) Fernham Red
  • Score: 0

8:35am Tue 8 Jul 14

stfcflag says...

I think this is a crazy move, for me he has to stay and he has to play. I don't want another season of playing too many games with one up front. Storey must be cheap and as we're cutting budgets for me this is a no brainer, sorry to see that in so many cases recently the appearing no brainers are all going in the wrong direction. Still worried for my club, hopefully this is a short phase in the history of STFC and a new one will come along soon, either way I'll still be here, sadly some of our young talent may not
I think this is a crazy move, for me he has to stay and he has to play. I don't want another season of playing too many games with one up front. Storey must be cheap and as we're cutting budgets for me this is a no brainer, sorry to see that in so many cases recently the appearing no brainers are all going in the wrong direction. Still worried for my club, hopefully this is a short phase in the history of STFC and a new one will come along soon, either way I'll still be here, sadly some of our young talent may not stfcflag
  • Score: 3

8:39am Tue 8 Jul 14

old town robin says...

Fernham Red wrote:
Barker, Waldon, Williams, Smith & Storey - as Oxon says above, I expect Smith & Williams will be starting up front for the forthcoming friendlies.

I'm hoping Harley and Tijane will have a good pre-season as they would be like 2 new midfield signings in an area we are already strong.

Turley, Stephens, Matt Jones and Branco should provide decent CB coverage this season too - I don't think there are too many new additions to be made beyond that.

Khalil Lambin (attack) and Jonathan Vandesompele (Midfield) are still on trial too so we could be looking at a complete squad of 22:

(Even with Storey on loan)


Wes, Belford (GK)
Byrne, Thompson, Barthram, Da Costa (RB/LB)
Stephens, Turley, Jones, Branco (CB)
Luongo, Kasim, Gladwin, Harley, Tijane, Thompson, Vandesompele (MID)
Smith, Williams, Lambin, Waldron, Barker (ATT)
Good post Fernham but I believe Lee said Ty Belford would be going out on loan to gain experience and he would be bringing in cover for Wes. Notice you didn't include Ward, have you heard something we haven't that he's hanging up his boots.

Maybe a tad premature to include 1 going out on loan, 2 trialist and 2 targets in your 22 man squad, plus Barker, Bartram, Tijane, Gladwin, Costa, Jones and Waldron have hardly started 10 first team games between them, so potentially we only have 10 we could count on with a bit of experience, although some of those on the fringe will possibly break into the first team given the chance.

I would expect Lee to be looking for the minimum signing of a hold up type of front man to replace Ranger, a left back and centre half or two to be added in defence. Still think Cooper will favour a 3 man centre back line up like he played with Stephens arrival last season and will guess he will continue in that vain, giving Jays replacement more opportunity to move forward.

With 3 friendlies coming up in the next 7 days, I would expect the trialist and fringe players to get a look in and show what they can do and then we may have a better idea what to expect from them this season.
[quote][p][bold]Fernham Red[/bold] wrote: Barker, Waldon, Williams, Smith & Storey - as Oxon says above, I expect Smith & Williams will be starting up front for the forthcoming friendlies. I'm hoping Harley and Tijane will have a good pre-season as they would be like 2 new midfield signings in an area we are already strong. Turley, Stephens, Matt Jones and Branco should provide decent CB coverage this season too - I don't think there are too many new additions to be made beyond that. Khalil Lambin (attack) and Jonathan Vandesompele (Midfield) are still on trial too so we could be looking at a complete squad of 22: (Even with Storey on loan) Wes, Belford (GK) Byrne, Thompson, Barthram, Da Costa (RB/LB) Stephens, Turley, Jones, Branco (CB) Luongo, Kasim, Gladwin, Harley, Tijane, Thompson, Vandesompele (MID) Smith, Williams, Lambin, Waldron, Barker (ATT)[/p][/quote]Good post Fernham but I believe Lee said Ty Belford would be going out on loan to gain experience and he would be bringing in cover for Wes. Notice you didn't include Ward, have you heard something we haven't that he's hanging up his boots. Maybe a tad premature to include 1 going out on loan, 2 trialist and 2 targets in your 22 man squad, plus Barker, Bartram, Tijane, Gladwin, Costa, Jones and Waldron have hardly started 10 first team games between them, so potentially we only have 10 we could count on with a bit of experience, although some of those on the fringe will possibly break into the first team given the chance. I would expect Lee to be looking for the minimum signing of a hold up type of front man to replace Ranger, a left back and centre half or two to be added in defence. Still think Cooper will favour a 3 man centre back line up like he played with Stephens arrival last season and will guess he will continue in that vain, giving Jays replacement more opportunity to move forward. With 3 friendlies coming up in the next 7 days, I would expect the trialist and fringe players to get a look in and show what they can do and then we may have a better idea what to expect from them this season. old town robin
  • Score: -3

9:47am Tue 8 Jul 14

Wilesy says...

old town robin wrote:
Fernham Red wrote:
Barker, Waldon, Williams, Smith & Storey - as Oxon says above, I expect Smith & Williams will be starting up front for the forthcoming friendlies.

I'm hoping Harley and Tijane will have a good pre-season as they would be like 2 new midfield signings in an area we are already strong.

Turley, Stephens, Matt Jones and Branco should provide decent CB coverage this season too - I don't think there are too many new additions to be made beyond that.

Khalil Lambin (attack) and Jonathan Vandesompele (Midfield) are still on trial too so we could be looking at a complete squad of 22:

(Even with Storey on loan)


Wes, Belford (GK)
Byrne, Thompson, Barthram, Da Costa (RB/LB)
Stephens, Turley, Jones, Branco (CB)
Luongo, Kasim, Gladwin, Harley, Tijane, Thompson, Vandesompele (MID)
Smith, Williams, Lambin, Waldron, Barker (ATT)
Good post Fernham but I believe Lee said Ty Belford would be going out on loan to gain experience and he would be bringing in cover for Wes. Notice you didn't include Ward, have you heard something we haven't that he's hanging up his boots.

Maybe a tad premature to include 1 going out on loan, 2 trialist and 2 targets in your 22 man squad, plus Barker, Bartram, Tijane, Gladwin, Costa, Jones and Waldron have hardly started 10 first team games between them, so potentially we only have 10 we could count on with a bit of experience, although some of those on the fringe will possibly break into the first team given the chance.

I would expect Lee to be looking for the minimum signing of a hold up type of front man to replace Ranger, a left back and centre half or two to be added in defence. Still think Cooper will favour a 3 man centre back line up like he played with Stephens arrival last season and will guess he will continue in that vain, giving Jays replacement more opportunity to move forward.

With 3 friendlies coming up in the next 7 days, I would expect the trialist and fringe players to get a look in and show what they can do and then we may have a better idea what to expect from them this season.
Didn't catch all the hour with Power yesterday but I get the impression we are not looking to add very many to the squad but still maintain an equivalent or better position to last season. Power commented that season tickets are still very slow moving.

We have lost some real quality in Pritchard, Jay, Ranger, Troy, Mason, Hall / Stephens and have not replaced anyone yet.

For me other than Wes in goal, the Nathans and centre mid, we look to have a distinct lack of quality throughout and no strength in depth and certainly no star men like Ranger and Pritchard.

Those that are left include some like Harley, Tijane, Branco and Barker where the jury is certainly still out, plus several youngsters.

Just saying what I see - and the current pool of players doesn't particularly excite me and presumably neither will it excite those that are on the fence. Crowds dropped last season anyway, even with a few star men, so imo Power needs to sign a few sharpish to show he means business.
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fernham Red[/bold] wrote: Barker, Waldon, Williams, Smith & Storey - as Oxon says above, I expect Smith & Williams will be starting up front for the forthcoming friendlies. I'm hoping Harley and Tijane will have a good pre-season as they would be like 2 new midfield signings in an area we are already strong. Turley, Stephens, Matt Jones and Branco should provide decent CB coverage this season too - I don't think there are too many new additions to be made beyond that. Khalil Lambin (attack) and Jonathan Vandesompele (Midfield) are still on trial too so we could be looking at a complete squad of 22: (Even with Storey on loan) Wes, Belford (GK) Byrne, Thompson, Barthram, Da Costa (RB/LB) Stephens, Turley, Jones, Branco (CB) Luongo, Kasim, Gladwin, Harley, Tijane, Thompson, Vandesompele (MID) Smith, Williams, Lambin, Waldron, Barker (ATT)[/p][/quote]Good post Fernham but I believe Lee said Ty Belford would be going out on loan to gain experience and he would be bringing in cover for Wes. Notice you didn't include Ward, have you heard something we haven't that he's hanging up his boots. Maybe a tad premature to include 1 going out on loan, 2 trialist and 2 targets in your 22 man squad, plus Barker, Bartram, Tijane, Gladwin, Costa, Jones and Waldron have hardly started 10 first team games between them, so potentially we only have 10 we could count on with a bit of experience, although some of those on the fringe will possibly break into the first team given the chance. I would expect Lee to be looking for the minimum signing of a hold up type of front man to replace Ranger, a left back and centre half or two to be added in defence. Still think Cooper will favour a 3 man centre back line up like he played with Stephens arrival last season and will guess he will continue in that vain, giving Jays replacement more opportunity to move forward. With 3 friendlies coming up in the next 7 days, I would expect the trialist and fringe players to get a look in and show what they can do and then we may have a better idea what to expect from them this season.[/p][/quote]Didn't catch all the hour with Power yesterday but I get the impression we are not looking to add very many to the squad but still maintain an equivalent or better position to last season. Power commented that season tickets are still very slow moving. We have lost some real quality in Pritchard, Jay, Ranger, Troy, Mason, Hall / Stephens and have not replaced anyone yet. For me other than Wes in goal, the Nathans and centre mid, we look to have a distinct lack of quality throughout and no strength in depth and certainly no star men like Ranger and Pritchard. Those that are left include some like Harley, Tijane, Branco and Barker where the jury is certainly still out, plus several youngsters. Just saying what I see - and the current pool of players doesn't particularly excite me and presumably neither will it excite those that are on the fence. Crowds dropped last season anyway, even with a few star men, so imo Power needs to sign a few sharpish to show he means business. Wilesy
  • Score: 1

12:31pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Oi Den! says...

Wilesy, I think you're right on most counts there. I'm not entirely convinced about the midfield either. It's quite a concern if Power really sees it as one of the strongest in the division, as it was brushed aside with ease many times last season.

As Power has stated that we're going to play with two up front next season I wonder if that means we'll have more width. Hope so as the slow passing at the back and in midfield was a good cure for insomnia at times. I'm all for a passing game but if it's going to excite the fans and bring more in it has to be at a higher tempo than we played for much of the season.

I think the picture maybe a bit brighter than you suggest though. Seems we have a chance of signing Stephens. If Power is trying to sign him and another good centre back that would show real intent. He recognises that there needs to be some experience to balance the youth in the side. Maybe he's looking for a no frills brick outhouse to partner Stephens? I have some reservations about Byrne and Thompson - mostly regarding their discipline - but if central defence is strong it could have a good knock-on effect on them.

Up front, Williams and Smith might just be a decent partnership. Both work their arses off and they could benefit each other in that way - one of the qualities that made Austin and Paynter such a strong pairing. Nobody expected what we got from them.

On the assumption that Power is keeping some cards close to his chest, the outlook might be reasonably bright.
Wilesy, I think you're right on most counts there. I'm not entirely convinced about the midfield either. It's quite a concern if Power really sees it as one of the strongest in the division, as it was brushed aside with ease many times last season. As Power has stated that we're going to play with two up front next season I wonder if that means we'll have more width. Hope so as the slow passing at the back and in midfield was a good cure for insomnia at times. I'm all for a passing game but if it's going to excite the fans and bring more in it has to be at a higher tempo than we played for much of the season. I think the picture maybe a bit brighter than you suggest though. Seems we have a chance of signing Stephens. If Power is trying to sign him and another good centre back that would show real intent. He recognises that there needs to be some experience to balance the youth in the side. Maybe he's looking for a no frills brick outhouse to partner Stephens? I have some reservations about Byrne and Thompson - mostly regarding their discipline - but if central defence is strong it could have a good knock-on effect on them. Up front, Williams and Smith might just be a decent partnership. Both work their arses off and they could benefit each other in that way - one of the qualities that made Austin and Paynter such a strong pairing. Nobody expected what we got from them. On the assumption that Power is keeping some cards close to his chest, the outlook might be reasonably bright. Oi Den!
  • Score: 1

12:48pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Swindon1984 says...

We're stronger in midfield that anywhere else only by weight of numbers, but not necessarily quality. Some decent players in there but as some others have said, could be looking at a back three with wing backs of Byrne/Thompson as out strongest lineup if we can get a couple of centre halves in. Still early days and I'm sure there'll be three or four bodies added, a mixture of loans and permanent signings, so hopefully will have a team who can challenge. Certainly not banking on promotion but given the talk of further reductions in the wage bill that's not really surprising.

Think if we brought in Stephens on a season long loan, one other centre back with a bit of experience at some level, and a striker we wouldn't be too far off.
We're stronger in midfield that anywhere else only by weight of numbers, but not necessarily quality. Some decent players in there but as some others have said, could be looking at a back three with wing backs of Byrne/Thompson as out strongest lineup if we can get a couple of centre halves in. Still early days and I'm sure there'll be three or four bodies added, a mixture of loans and permanent signings, so hopefully will have a team who can challenge. Certainly not banking on promotion but given the talk of further reductions in the wage bill that's not really surprising. Think if we brought in Stephens on a season long loan, one other centre back with a bit of experience at some level, and a striker we wouldn't be too far off. Swindon1984
  • Score: 0

1:22pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Davidsyrett says...

LP said he will bring in loans, but not for a couple more weeks, therefore we are going to have to be patient unless we buy a couple of players,

As for Storey, I'm not convinced, When he's started a match, he's very often not made any impact and goes missing. I think sending him out on loan for a whole season will do him good. At the end of the day, if he's to make the grade in this division , I would expect him to score at least 15 goals for Pompey next season.
LP said he will bring in loans, but not for a couple more weeks, therefore we are going to have to be patient unless we buy a couple of players, As for Storey, I'm not convinced, When he's started a match, he's very often not made any impact and goes missing. I think sending him out on loan for a whole season will do him good. At the end of the day, if he's to make the grade in this division , I would expect him to score at least 15 goals for Pompey next season. Davidsyrett
  • Score: 0

1:24pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Wilesy says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
We're stronger in midfield that anywhere else only by weight of numbers, but not necessarily quality. Some decent players in there but as some others have said, could be looking at a back three with wing backs of Byrne/Thompson as out strongest lineup if we can get a couple of centre halves in. Still early days and I'm sure there'll be three or four bodies added, a mixture of loans and permanent signings, so hopefully will have a team who can challenge. Certainly not banking on promotion but given the talk of further reductions in the wage bill that's not really surprising.

Think if we brought in Stephens on a season long loan, one other centre back with a bit of experience at some level, and a striker we wouldn't be too far off.
That's along the lines of what Power was saying, but I don't share the optimism. I see us being substantially weaker. As it stands we have lost Pritchard, Jay, Ranger, Troy, Mason, Hall / Stephens, N'Guessan and the future of Ward seems uncertain. The return of Williams from injury the only addition although I bet Power would like him off the books.

Even if Stephens rejoins and we sign another CB and ST we have no quality out wide and there seems no talk of replacing Pritchard or N'Guessan.

Appreciate the rejigging of finances and some big wages have been lost and of course Navarro's gone as well, but we could be at least 5 senior players worse off than last season - I just can't see the optimism if that's the plan.
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: We're stronger in midfield that anywhere else only by weight of numbers, but not necessarily quality. Some decent players in there but as some others have said, could be looking at a back three with wing backs of Byrne/Thompson as out strongest lineup if we can get a couple of centre halves in. Still early days and I'm sure there'll be three or four bodies added, a mixture of loans and permanent signings, so hopefully will have a team who can challenge. Certainly not banking on promotion but given the talk of further reductions in the wage bill that's not really surprising. Think if we brought in Stephens on a season long loan, one other centre back with a bit of experience at some level, and a striker we wouldn't be too far off.[/p][/quote]That's along the lines of what Power was saying, but I don't share the optimism. I see us being substantially weaker. As it stands we have lost Pritchard, Jay, Ranger, Troy, Mason, Hall / Stephens, N'Guessan and the future of Ward seems uncertain. The return of Williams from injury the only addition although I bet Power would like him off the books. Even if Stephens rejoins and we sign another CB and ST we have no quality out wide and there seems no talk of replacing Pritchard or N'Guessan. Appreciate the rejigging of finances and some big wages have been lost and of course Navarro's gone as well, but we could be at least 5 senior players worse off than last season - I just can't see the optimism if that's the plan. Wilesy
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