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13 hours ago, ATLIS said:

Martindale has basically been talking him up as a great finisher that we need to make chances for. Natural goal scorer who should be able to get a chunk of goals next season for sure

It's always been hard to tell with Anderson, because we never, ever saw enough of him. 

He stumbled into the Dons team but it became obvious he wasn't the type of striker that McInnes preferred.....the physical, hard working forward who moves from touchline to touchline. 

On top of that we became a team that created very few chances, and Anderson basically became a waste of a shirt in a McInnes side. 

The move to Hamilton was good for him because it proved that there's a Premiership striker in there. I reckon he'll do very well with Livi....maybe not a 20 goal a season striker, but he should certainly be good enough to get into double figures in your current set up. 

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Re: Anderson, IIRC he scored against us at Pittodrie and missed an open goal header at Almondvale. Hopefully him and/or Kabia can develop some composure in front of goal as both do seem to be finding themselves in the correct positions at least.

While it's disappointing to see Guthrie and others move on there's also part of me that is excited. If you support a team that isn't going to win the league then why not at least keep it fresh with a new team every year? 😁 Some exciting, up and coming players mixed with stalwarts and obscure signings from foreign lands. Bring it on.

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Think if we can get Diani signed we'll have a cracking midfield, with him and Obileye in there, need to get a brick shithouse CB from League Two in England to replace Guthrie and we'll have a very decent starting XI.

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Said who? It's certainly more difficult to sign foreign players but it's still an option
Still pursuing Diani, however his wages might be a stumbling block. With the added issues of work permits etc, it may be unlikely that he will sign.
All players we are linked with are based in the UK. No players coming in from foreign leagues.
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Not sure if it's been confirmed before but Callum Carson reporting we accepted a guaranteed £1.7m for Dykes. Presumably in 2 installments given we had to take out a Scottish Government loan.

 

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29 minutes ago, LogieLivi said:

Still pursuing Diani, however his wages might be a stumbling block. With the added issues of work permits etc, it may be unlikely that he will sign.
All players we are linked with are based in the UK. No players coming in from foreign leagues.

Think it's too much hassle/hard work trying to get through all the red tape now, but we've put in a fair amount of effort on Diani already so think that's why we're pursuing him as a signing still. EPL loan signings and English lower league clubs seem to be the marker place for us now, rather than abroad. Obv still looking at SPFL lower league players too.

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35 minutes ago, Cptn Hooch said:
36 minutes ago, FreedomFarter said:
We can only sign UK and Irish nationals now.

Said who? It's certainly more difficult to sign foreign players but it's still an option

Martindale was quoted recently implying as much. He's still trying with Diani and hopefully it can be argued that the temporary work permit awarded for January to June can just be extended. However, work permit rules have been changed since the January window so it mighn't be possible.

In Livi's history, players we signed of a non-EU primary nationality all had an EU secondary nationality. Steve Lawson, Cherif Maman, Gus Bahoken, Guy Ipoua and Hassan Kachloul all had French passports. Giarizzo and Pasquinelli both had Italian. Marvin Andrews is the only fully non-EU player I can think of that has played for us and his initial move to Raith required an unusual circumstance where Trinidad and Tobago had recently rocketed up the Fifa rankings, making him eligible.

Currently, EU players have just been put on this same 15 point qualification system for work permits which non-EU players have been on for decades. Hopefully, this will be eased in future but as of now it makes it near impossible for Livi.

We can still sign Irish players due to the Common Travel Agreement, incidentally.

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1 hour ago, FreedomFarter said:

Martindale was quoted recently implying as much. He's still trying with Diani and hopefully it can be argued that the temporary work permit awarded for January to June can just be extended. However, work permit rules have been changed since the January window so it mighn't be possible.

In Livi's history, players we signed of a non-EU primary nationality all had an EU secondary nationality. Steve Lawson, Cherif Maman, Gus Bahoken, Guy Ipoua and Hassan Kachloul all had French passports. Giarizzo and Pasquinelli both had Italian. Marvin Andrews is the only fully non-EU player I can think of that has played for us and his initial move to Raith required an unusual circumstance where Trinidad and Tobago had recently rocketed up the Fifa rankings, making him eligible.

Currently, EU players have just been put on this same 15 point qualification system for work permits which non-EU players have been on for decades. Hopefully, this will be eased in future but as of now it makes it near impossible for Livi.

We can still sign Irish players due to the Common Travel Agreement, incidentally.

Some good names in there. We also had Theodore Whitmore, Horace Stout, David Alleyne, David Xausa, Sergio Berti.. wow, and probably plenty more.

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5 hours ago, EdinburghLivi said:

Not sure if it's been confirmed before but Callum Carson reporting we accepted a guaranteed £1.7m for Dykes. Presumably in 2 installments given we had to take out a Scottish Government loan.

 

AFAIK nearly every club in the Premiership took the loan so it's not the worst thing 

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6 hours ago, crispy said:

Some good names in there. We also had Theodore Whitmore, Horace Stout, David Alleyne, David Xausa, Sergio Berti.. wow, and probably plenty more.

Ah, Whitmore, good shout. He had no EU passport but we could sign him due to his many Jamaica caps and Jamaica's decent FIFA rankings placing at that time. 

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Liam Fox and Tony Caig both left the club. 

 

Every goalkeeper we've had has given Caig heaps of praise for how he's helped them improve, hoping we can get a decent replacement for him. 

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2 minutes ago, LiviLion said:

Liam Fox and Tony Caig both left the club. 

 

Every goalkeeper we've had has given Caig heaps of praise for how he's helped them improve, hoping we can get a decent replacement for him. 

Hmmm... we need a manager and goalkeeping coach...

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Just now, Ranaldo Bairn said:

Hmmm... we need a manager and goalkeeping coach...

Announcement does say "Foxy moves on to pastures new, with an opportunity to progress his coaching career elsewhere."

Funnily enough my first thought was being offered a managers job somewhere. 

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1 minute ago, LiviLion said:

Announcement does say "Foxy moves on to pastures new, with an opportunity to progress his coaching career elsewhere."

Funnily enough my first thought was being offered a managers job somewhere. 

Any comments on how you think he will do? Good prospect? Strong minded? Will he be able to attract decent players? Playing style?

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