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It's disappointing but no point in spending silly money on players, especially during a pandemic, for a season that we've no idea when/if it will take place. 

Same thing happened with Nathan Austin last year and our forward options turned out alright last year. 

There's plenty of time to strengthen the squad (remember, we might not be playing until January! if at all) and there will be a TON of players available. 

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59 minutes ago, ShineOnYouCrazyDiamonds said:

Losing out on Smith was disappointing but it was easy to understand. This one is baffling. I suppose it's hard to argue with Ryan signing for the club offering more money since it's his livelihood and at this level the money is important, but it's hard to understand how Stirling Albion can outprice us. If the money getting offered was truly more than Ryan's worth to us then fair enough that we haven't got ourselves into a pointless bidding war, but if we've been needlessly stingy I would be extremely disappointed.

I'd be surprised if it was only us and Stirling who were interested in him...plenty of clubs in the Championship and L1 would have been in for him no doubt so surely someone at that level would have snapped him up if it was down to us being needlessly stingy.

I'd say its more likely took a very lucrative offer to get him to head down to L2 and play part time.

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59 minutes ago, ShineOnYouCrazyDiamonds said:

Losing out on Smith was disappointing but it was easy to understand. This one is baffling. I suppose it's hard to argue with Ryan signing for the club offering more money since it's his livelihood and at this level the money is important, but it's hard to understand how Stirling Albion can outprice us. If the money getting offered was truly more than Ryan's worth to us then fair enough that we haven't got ourselves into a pointless bidding war, but if we've been needlessly stingy I would be extremely disappointed.

I'd be surprised if it was only us and Stirling who were interested in him...plenty of clubs in the Championship and L1 would have been in for him no doubt so surely someone at that level would have snapped him up if it was down to us being needlessly stingy.

I'd say its more likely took a very lucrative offer to get him to head down to L2 and play part time.

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I'd be surprised if it was only us and Stirling who were interested in him...plenty of clubs in the Championship and L1 would have been in for him no doubt so surely someone at that level would have snapped him up if it was down to us being needlessly stingy.
I'd say its more likely took a very lucrative offer to get him to head down to L2 and play part time.

I think you're probably right. It's been a strange time in Scottish football these last two seasons with teams in the fourth tier like Cove, Queen's Park and Stirling Albion and even Lowland League Kelty Hearts able to offer lucrative deals to players that could be playing high end League One or even Championship football
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I think you're probably right. It's been a strange time in Scottish football these last two seasons with teams in the fourth tier like Cove, Queen's Park and Stirling Albion and even Lowland League Kelty Hearts able to offer lucrative deals to players that could be playing high end League One or even Championship football


Which begs the question of where the money is coming from.
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3 minutes ago, stuartcraig said:

 


Which begs the question of where the money is coming from.

 

Few teams offering a job/apprenticeship and a good part time wage these days. That how Kelty Hearts have been attracting players. It wouldn't surprise me if that was the case with Andy Ryan.

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Seen this on twitter, wouldn't mind some clarity on it...

 

 

 

I see the guy has followed it up and said “Effectively the club has gone into hibernation until the turnstiles start clicking again.” Sure it’s just wording. Not seen any other clubs refer to themselves as having “ceased trading”. Presume just terminology.

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It's decidedly out of character for Stirling Albion to be outgunning anyone when it comes to wages so I'm not sure what to make of this.  We are fan-owned and run prudently (off the pitch at least).  Quite possible we made a very generous offer but I would doubt it would be anything you'd categorise as "silly" money.  Leave that for Cove Rangers.

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30 minutes ago, BinoBalls said:

It's decidedly out of character for Stirling Albion to be outgunning anyone when it comes to wages so I'm not sure what to make of this.  We are fan-owned and run prudently (off the pitch at least).  Quite possible we made a very generous offer but I would doubt it would be anything you'd categorise as "silly" money.  Leave that for Cove Rangers.

When Ryan was with us the first time round I think it’s fair to say he literally won us games on his own at times. 
If, in a shortened season, the plan is to have a solid, workmanlike (relatively cheap!) team with Andy Ryan up front then it’s not a bad plan. 

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2 hours ago, TheBuckfastTriangle said:

When Ryan was with us the first time round I think it’s fair to say he literally won us games on his own at times. 
If, in a shortened season, the plan is to have a solid, workmanlike (relatively cheap!) team with Andy Ryan up front then it’s not a bad plan. 

I dont think there really is a plan as such as of yet,  we need a start date and number of games we will play first.   Would expect signing movement at start of August if starting in middle of October if so preseason would probably start third week august....

 

Look on the bright side the new umbro strips should be unveiled next week according to SM they were being unveiled this month.

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3 hours ago, BinoBalls said:

It's decidedly out of character for Stirling Albion to be outgunning anyone when it comes to wages so I'm not sure what to make of this.  We are fan-owned and run prudently (off the pitch at least).  Quite possible we made a very generous offer but I would doubt it would be anything you'd categorise as "silly" money.  Leave that for Cove Rangers.

£400ish PW wages was the figure quoted to me last night from a manager of an unnamed club who was after him too and was told he was Stirling bound

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39 minutes ago, sirscottyoung said:

£400ish PW wages was the figure quoted to me last night from a manager of an unnamed club who was after him too and was told he was Stirling bound

It sounds like Airdrie were never in the running for Ryan after all.    Good luck to the lad at the binos.

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Sore one to take and if we have beaten off rivals to get max currie I don’t see why we couldn’t have beaten off Stirling to him. Disappointed and surprised he’s dropped so low and to a team who haven’t even been competing at the top end, really thought he was destined for bigger and better things when he left first time round. Genuinely believe he’d have gone on a scored a good few in the run in. But the show goes on and with gal and carrick signed up if we add another decent quality striker our strike force will be as good as any in the league . Wish chucky all the best for the rest of the career glad he can’t come back to haunt us for now.

 

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54 minutes ago, Diamond10 said:

Sore one to take and if we have beaten off rivals to get max currie I don’t see why we couldn’t have beaten off Stirling to him. Disappointed and surprised he’s dropped so low and to a team who haven’t even been competing at the top end, really thought he was destined for bigger and better things when he left first time round. Genuinely believe he’d have gone on a scored a good few in the run in. But the show goes on and with gal and carrick signed up if we add another decent quality striker our strike force will be as good as any in the league . Wish chucky all the best for the rest of the career glad he can’t come back to haunt us for now.

 

I’ll give a you a clue.....the mystery benefactor/investor had links with Airdrie ;) and offered Andy Ryan crazy wages for a part time level and a hefty lump sum upfront :o

 

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6 hours ago, Diamond10 said:

Sore one to take and if we have beaten off rivals to get max currie I don’t see why we couldn’t have beaten off Stirling to him. Disappointed and surprised he’s dropped so low and to a team who haven’t even been competing at the top end, really thought he was destined for bigger and better things when he left first time round. Genuinely believe he’d have gone on a scored a good few in the run in. But the show goes on and with gal and carrick signed up if we add another decent quality striker our strike force will be as good as any in the league . Wish chucky all the best for the rest of the career glad he can’t come back to haunt us for now.

 

Think the extra £125pw on offer from Stirling may or may not have tempted him haha. 

I can't get over Stirling paying that much too but supposedly they have always paid good money to players (Dylan mackin and Daryl Duffy had good money lately)

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