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I don't think there's much real reason to be apprehensive about what's to come re the existing squad (at least, I hope not). 

It's only 12 days since our season came to an end. Plenty of the players will be on holiday at the moment. MacPherson & Millen will know who they want to keep and who they'll be releasing, but they obviously won't make that public knowledge until they've spoken to the players. 

McGinn would be a good addition if the rumours are true, but I wonder if he'll get a better offer elsewhere....... 

 

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McGinn would be an immense signing for us, but I don’t think we’ll get him.

Him, Jacobs, and a Reece Lyon who’s fully fit and getting a run of games, would, as madton says, be a great core for a 4-3-3.

As long as McPherson draws the line at Blues and Orsi and the majority of new signings are coming in as starters, rather than ‘squad options’, we’ll be better than we were this season.

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Gus didn’t give any real specifics away in yesterday’s interview, although he did say they want to change things and go with a tight squad. He also said there will be a lot of players coming and going over the next weeks and months. Noticeably though he didn’t mention going for quality over quantity, just wanting players who’ll do their best for Morton and themselves. Gerry seemed a bit pre-programmed when he said “I don’t want to get forensic but what are your plans. This meant Gerry couldn’t ask about certain players etc. And Gus was given a comfortable time, although he looked a wee bit edgy.

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2 hours ago, DreamOakTree1 said:

Gus didn’t give any real specifics away in yesterday’s interview, although he did say they want to change things and go with a tight squad. He also said there will be a lot of players coming and going over the next weeks and months. Noticeably though he didn’t mention going for quality over quantity, just wanting players who’ll do their best for Morton and themselves. Gerry seemed a bit pre-programmed when he said “I don’t want to get forensic but what are your plans. This meant Gerry couldn’t ask about certain players etc. And Gus was given a comfortable time, although he looked a wee bit edgy.

It was basically a pointless interview  

5 minutes of pish.

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Millar, Orsi and McGuffie join the released list:

https://www.gmfc.net/player-update-2/

Happy enough with this. It's a shame Millar didn't get a real send off but having made five appearances all season there's no way we could justify keeping him. He's said he wants to keep playing but can't see a full-time club picking him up.

There's a player in McGuffie and it wouldn't be a surprise to see another Championship club take a shot on him, but despite some spectacular goals I don't think he's done enough to justify a new contract. He's been a passenger too often.

Orsi just isn't anywhere close to being good enough for this level.

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Chris Millar, Kalvin Orsi and Craig McGuffie all confirmed to be leaving.

Don't disagree with the decision but sad to see Millar's time at the club come to an end. He still wants to play though, so maybe a coaching role was never in the question. A positive influence with the club at heart, who didn't walk out mid season like a certain other (the more I think about that, the more it annoys me).

Good luck to him.

McGuffie scored some nice goals off the bench but overall contribution was severely lacking most of the time.

Nothing to say about Orsi. Brechin are in the lowland league now, they might take him back.

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Millar can still coach here (if that's the plan) while playing elsewhere. He wont get another full time club unless Hopkin signs him for our B team.

I don't think Orsi is as bad as some paint him but no loss. McGuffie I quite liked and sad to see go. Yeah there were games he drifted out but he often looked like the only player who could make something happen.

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3 minutes ago, AsimButtHitsASix said:

Millar can still coach here (if that's the plan) while playing elsewhere. He wont get another full time club unless Hopkin signs him for our B team.

I don't think Orsi is as bad as some paint him but no loss. McGuffie I quite liked and sad to see go. Yeah there were games he drifted out but he often looked like the only player who could make something happen.

B Team !! You are going be so disappointed when even your B team takes 12 points off you next season 

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1 minute ago, Finlay21 said:

B Team !! You are going be so disappointed when even your B team takes 12 points off you next season 

Not as disappointed as you will be when you watch Salkeld try and control a simple pass and ending up with a booking every week

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Decisions still to be made on McAdams, Ledger, Colville, Blues, Oliver and Muirhead, but I'm encouraged by the extent of the turnover we're having so far. If the likes of Orsi, McGinty and Salkeld had new contracts I'd have been writing us off as definite bottom two material already.

It's a massive rebuild needed, but I'm encouraged that we've at least got the potential to build something that isn't shite by avoiding saddling ourselves with so much of the guff of this year.

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Millar moves on with our best wishes. He's been a good servant to the club and he had great affection for Morton too. 

McGuffie was borderline for me. Perhaps just didn't do enough in the end up on a regular basis. With him and Nesbitt away that's two wide attacking players gone.

Orsi was never Championship level in a million years. Put himself about in games but didn't do what we needed him to do and that was score goals. That miss against Alloa was unforgivable.

 

 

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2 hours ago, Jamie_M said:

Hopefully the next update has Blues, Muirhead and Oliver away but think that might be wishful.

Hopkin probably has to confer with Duffy first to make sure they're both on the same page about Ayr's next superstar trio swoop.

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1 hour ago, Thumper said:

Hopkin probably has to confer with Duffy first to make sure they're both on the same page about Ayr's next superstar trio swoop.

Kalvin Orsi and Rabin Omar should be easy to add now. Hoppy ball and Duffy ball 😀

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The players leaving so far seem to back up the plan to have a smaller squad. Anyone staying or joining will need to be reliable and consistent as they’ll be in or around the first eleven every week. E.g., McGuffie promises to deliver but we can’t really afford to keep players who show only flashes of ability if they’re taking up one of a few shirts.

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