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15 hours ago, CallumPar said:

Despite the embargo, we had 5 new players by the end of July that summer! 1 permanent (James Washburn, whoever he is?) and 4 loans - Ryan Scully, Ryan Ferguson, Jordan Moore and Luke Johnston. So we’re somehow 2 players behind where we were when we had a transfer embargo! That being said, Benedictus and Hamilton make me more enthusiastic about our chances than any of those players did.

It’s worrying that we seem to be struggling to complete these deals. Crawford’s a free agent and Mochrie isn’t part of United’s plans this season, they know they want to loan him out. These deals should be relatively straightforward to complete. Guys that should be desperate to get a club where they’ll get regular game time.

Also worth noting that you can play trialists in League One. A bit surprised we didn’t even put Crawford (or any other trialists?) on the bench at the weekend.

I believe the deal has been done. Pars will confirm in the next 24 Hrs or so

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I’d rather be in this position of needing a player or two and having won the first game than having a moron with an open chequebook in charge. 

McPake could try and put Todorov or O’Hara on loan but who would want them? 

To be able to afford last season’s squad required the Germans sinking in the cash that was meant to go in this season and next.
 

United and Mochrie might want too much money? In which case let them find another club or come back when they are in the real world. 

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23 minutes ago, Passionate said:

Dunfermline should be able to blow most clubs out the water wit wages and signings especially loanees,   is your financial situation holding you back is Grant and Yogi still on the monthly payroll, if so it makes sense...

 

This is a mind numbing league when it gets going, but is hard to get out of, ask Falkirk,   we seem to have the title deeds of League 1 as well..

Grant may still be in the books but believe Hughes resigned so shouldn’t be. David cook said before pre season started will have one off highest budgets for squad this season.

no idea but since Crawford left seems to be a struggle recruiting players. Agreed league we are in dosent help but that lies with the board for the appointment of Grant and Hughes

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Think most fans seem happy with the signings of Bene and Hamilton and I'd far rather we had quality over quantity.

We needed at least 1 or 2 even if McPake was going to use the young guys but last weekend suggested he doesn't trust them yet.

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13 minutes ago, Cardle is Magic said:

Think most fans seem happy with the signings of Bene and Hamilton and I'd far rather we had quality over quantity.

We needed at least 1 or 2 even if McPake was going to use the young guys but last weekend suggested he doesn't trust them yet.

This. Our squad was put together quickly by Grant and well look how that landed up. We have to make sure we get the right players in and if Cook/McPake are confident they can do that then I'm ok with it. 

Apparently at the recent supporters meeting the subject was brought up and Cook essentially said we are not panic buying shite like we did last season.

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If we can add a centre half, a wide midfielder, and a central midfielder of similar quality to Bene/Hamilton, that would be good business from McPake. Last season Grant was given pretty much a blank checkbook to throw about at utter, utter shite. We are paying the price for that now, big time. 

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Todorov must have won a competition to become a footballer, and has subsequently hypnotised prospective managers over the years to keep getting gigs. Offloading him would be very ideal for the coffers. Still think O'Hara has more to offer, but he's going to need to pick up the pace as he has been anonymous for quite some time. 

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2 hours ago, SRB said:

I agree this season recruitment has been a cluster f**k so far. Leaving it to late in window is wrong IMO. And I don’t agree market has been slow. Whoever is dealing with signings hasn’t learnt there lesson from previous two windows 

How do you know any of this? Can you detail please which players the club has spoken to and when? How do you know the club haven't spoken to a load of players who then decided to sign elsewhere?

Don't get your comment about the last two windows either. In both of those windows plenty of signings were made early. 

6 minutes ago, DAFC. said:

Todorov must have won a competition to become a footballer, and has subsequently hypnotised prospective managers over the years to keep getting gigs. Offloading him would be very ideal for the coffers. Still think O'Hara has more to offer, but he's going to need to pick up the pace as he has been anonymous for quite some time. 

No one is going to buy Todorov, so he's going to remain here. I think he should be fine in this league (although his miss last weekend was comical).

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1 hour ago, Chubbychops said:

Hope so. 

You seen much of Mochrie? Is he a winger?

I'm a season ticket holder so yeah seen a bit of him. He's a CAM but can also play CM, LM and RM. not an out and out winger thou.  2 footed, seemed to be highly thought of with Montrose when he was 17,  2 seasons ago.

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If we can get Mochrie and Crawford in that would be decent. Still like an out and out winger and we need centre half cover rather than having to rely on Hamilton being our go-to option (although MacDonald can play there I guess) but I'd imagine they'll be loanees too and we'll see what is on offer once the Premiership sides finalise their squads.

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14 minutes ago, Stellaboz said:

I'd rather see Fenton come in at centre back and keep Hamilton in the middle. Hamilton isn't the biggest, neither is MacDonald 

Hamilton slotted in there against Killie pre season and was very comfortable. Fenton hasn't even played 90 minutes at senior level for us in his own position never mind centre half. If we sign Crawford then Hamilton is reasonable cover at CH as when dorrans is fit he can play the holding role. Definitely need another natural centre half in though.

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I’d rather be in this position of needing a player or two and having won the first game than having a moron with an open chequebook in charge. 
McPake could try and put Todorov or O’Hara on loan but who would want them? 
To be able to afford last season’s squad required the Germans sinking in the cash that was meant to go in this season and next.
 
United and Mochrie might want too much money? In which case let them find another club or come back when they are in the real world. 

I’d (as would most Ayr fans) take Todorov or O’Hara. I think you’d find a few teams would be interested depending on how much money you’d have to pay of their wages. No way Todorov will be anywhere near Somerset after the whole fiasco last season.
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Courier have confirmed Crawford has trained all week, done very well and McPake wants to sign him. Hopefully get that done tomorrow and he was just doing some due diligence. Also if yer man from Dundee Utd is to be believed sounds like Mochrie isn’t a million miles away, nice to have both in the squad come Saturday afternoon.

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13 minutes ago, The Toun Clock said:

Courier have confirmed Crawford has trained all week, done very well and McPake wants to sign him. Hopefully get that done tomorrow and he was just doing some due diligence. Also if yer man from Dundee Utd is to be believed sounds like Mochrie isn’t a million miles away, nice to have both in the squad come Saturday afternoon.

McPake would never have said that much on the matter if he wasn't close to signing. He's normally very cagey regarding potential targets.

 

Double signing tomorrow hopefully with Chris Mochrie.

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Aye you’d imagine those two are pretty much done deals the way it’s been talked up. From what I’ve seen of Mochrie I’ve enjoyed, and Crawford should be one of the league’s best players tbh, so those two should be fantastic additions. Still think we need another few bodies for different tactics and cover. The bench is just 16/17 year olds and Todorov. Extremely dodgy.

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