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Whoa, whoa, hold on a bit. Jim Duffy was 60 recently and there's every possibility that he and whoever may be off on holiday right now - it could be as mundane as that.


Duffy has been very public in saying he's only going to hang around if we have a budget that allows him to challenge for promotion. If he has indeed gone on holiday without confirming if he's staying then it would be in our best interests to turn our attention elsewhere.

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10 minutes ago, Bring Back Paddy Flannery said:

Not overly bothered by any of the departures. Barr is clearly a very good player but we can ill afford one of our highest earners being so injury prone/enjoying holidays mid season. I'm surprised at McLean chucking it, I can't see him getting a better deal elsewhere tbh.

As for the rest, bar Ross Perry who tried his best, good fucking riddance. There are a couple of names missing from that list that I hoped to see on it mind you.

Can we assume the others have been offered contracts? If that is the case can we assume Duffy has decided he is staying?

This was my thinking. Either that or Duffy hasn't spoke to some of the others (which would be strange in itself).

Be interesting to hear what's happening with the like of Boris and Beany...

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1 minute ago, squeezeboxson said:

This was my thinking. Either that or Duffy hasn't spoke to some of the others (which would be strange in itself).

Be interesting to hear what's happening with the like of Boris and Beany...

Those were the two I had in my head as well. 

I guess they could both be away on holiday, or there could be some truth in the Beany player/coach rumour?

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Whoa, whoa, hold on a bit. Jim Duffy was 60 recently and there's every possibility that he and whoever may be off on holiday right now - it could be as mundane as that. As regards the player situation, there are no surprises in any of the departures and we are all going to have to get used to every season being a low budget lucky bag of short-term signings and loan deals. Having said that I'm convinced that if Jim Duffy stays then we'll have a slightly better quality lucky bag.
I'm not sure I've ever been anything other than used to a sizeable turnover on a limited budget as a Dumbarton fan and i'm sure we're not unique in that respect either.

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This was my thinking. Either that or Duffy hasn't spoke to some of the others (which would be strange in itself).
Be interesting to hear what's happening with the like of Boris and Beany...
Those were the two I had in my head as well. 
I guess they could both be away on holiday, or there could be some truth in the Beany player/coach rumour?
Boris is the Dom Thomas replacement IMO.

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On 08/05/2019 at 11:10, Ross Forbes said:

Thomas Reilly liked that tweet too and was only on the bench for Forfar last night :wub:

Ehm. Might as well chuck a few names out there who are/might be available I guess.

Chris O'Neil (Airdrie), Daryll Meggatt (hasn't signed a new deal at East Fife yet I don't think), Lewis Kidd is out of contract at Falkirk and strikes me as a Duffy kind of player and Connor McManus at Stranraer who Duffy signed for Morton - after he'd been on trial with us.

I'd be quite happy with any of them coming in.

Daryll Meggat highly likely to drop to juniors.

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Daryll Meggat highly likely to drop to juniors.

Heard someone say Dom Thomas to Kelty Hearts but presumed it was shite

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22 minutes ago, cameron2000 said:


Heard someone say Dom Thomas to Kelty Hearts but presumed it was shite

Can't imagine Dom Thomas is desperate to work with Barry Ferguson...:lol: Plus, he's got a year of his Killie contract to go and has every intention of proving that he deserves a starting place with them.

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I’m in no way panicking but just as a comparison, East Fife have twelve players signed for next season, including yesterday’s confirmation of Danny Denholm.

Very decent player if you ask me. Whereby we don’t even know what budget or manager we’ll have next season. As I said not panicking but a smidge unnerved.

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Heard someone say Dom Thomas to Kelty Hearts but presumed it was shite

Someone on our thread claimed we’re interested in him but I’m not sure how likely that is.

Would be a waste of talent to drop down to that league when he could easily cut it in the Championship.

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What I think of DT to Kelty rumours.

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Heard someone say Dom Thomas to Kelty Hearts but presumed it was shite


Absolutely no chance of that premier league is surely his only destination next season he’s amazing! (From a fifer)

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No chance of DT playing anywhere lower than the championship next season.

Also this season is technically still going, until the playoffs are decided I dont expect any in comings other than a few that re-sign. Start panicking at the start of next month when we dont have anyone or a manager signed up. Did we not go into the 1st friendly last year with something like 8 signed players??

 

I also see Ross Perry has signed for the Darvel Juniors revolution.

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2 hours ago, pleslie99 said:

Also this season is technically still going, until the playoffs are decided I dont expect any in comings other than a few that re-sign. Start panicking at the start of next month when we dont have anyone or a manager signed up. Did we not go into the 1st friendly last year with something like 8 signed players??

We had 13 signed for the East Kilbride game - but Loy missed out through injury. Played a few trialists that day too (Beany, Little, Kieran Campbell and Dom McMeekin).

In all the excitement of last night, I almost forgot to express my relief at Grant Adam leaving. It's nothing personal, but I'm really pleased we won't have him between the sticks next season. I had thought Duffy rated him, so had almost resigned myself to us chucking a deal his way - so that's a positive start to the window.

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Anyone else think Duffy's "give me a budget for promotion" line may backfire? If he stays, which I'm assuming he is considering he's releasing players, then we can assume the board have given him a suitable budget. Now fans will expect us to challenge. He's heaped pressure on himself when he could have played it down with the shape of the league next year.

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Anyone else think Duffy's "give me a budget for promotion" line may backfire? If he stays, which I'm assuming he is considering he's releasing players, then we can assume the board have given him a suitable budget. Now fans will expect us to challenge. He's heaped pressure on himself when he could have played it down with the shape of the league next year.

I agree, but I’d rather a manager set himself up to make avoiding failure difficult than a manager who regards below par as acceptable.

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17 minutes ago, cameron2000 said:


I agree, but I’d rather a manager set himself up to make avoiding failure difficult than a manager who regards below par as acceptable.

A fair point aye. He could have tempered his words slightly though, talk about building on the second half of the season and seeing where it takes us, if he didn't fancy the budget he could still walk away and say he didn't think he had enough to build. But I suppose you're right that we should look at it as a positive that Duffy wants to push us forward.

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Anyone else think Duffy's "give me a budget for promotion" line may backfire? If he stays, which I'm assuming he is considering he's releasing players, then we can assume the board have given him a suitable budget. Now fans will expect us to challenge. He's heaped pressure on himself when he could have played it down with the shape of the league next year.


I agree entirely. With Raith/QOS, Falkirk and Peterhead, ‘challenging’ will be very difficult. Of course we should be aiming for that, but with the realistic caveat that play-offs would be the realistic aim.

With what Duffy’s said (unless he states to the contrary that we don’t have a competitive budget) most fans would expect us to challenge at the very top end, which in my opinion is unrealistic and as you say, heaps pressure on him and the team from the first kick.

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