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That's Cove showing a statement of intent signing Vigurs and Draper from premier clubs on 3year deals,    Falkirk beginning to build there squad also...

 

I would imagine we would have to finish ahead of these 2 clubs if we have designs on the title....

 

Do we have enough quality or is there more to come.  ???  Will budget allow it,or will be just fill the bench up the youth players..

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13 hours ago, Passionate said:

That's Cove showing a statement of intent signing Vigurs and Draper from premier clubs on 3year deals,    Falkirk beginning to build there squad also...

 

I would imagine we would have to finish ahead of these 2 clubs if we have designs on the title....

 

Do we have enough quality or is there more to come.  ???  Will budget allow it,or will be just fill the bench up the youth players..

Think you can add Alloa to that, Ferguson will have a good sqad, 

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13 hours ago, Passionate said:

That's Cove showing a statement of intent signing Vigurs and Draper from premier clubs on 3year deals,    Falkirk beginning to build there squad also...

 

I would imagine we would have to finish ahead of these 2 clubs if we have designs on the title....

 

Do we have enough quality or is there more to come.  ???  Will budget allow it,or will be just fill the bench up the youth players..

I'd imagine we'd have to finish ahead of even more than 2 other clubs to win the title 😒.

Seriously though, I think we'll be looking at reaching the playoffs again this year.  There's always one or 2 teams in this league who "go for it" a bit more and sign a bit of quality at the right time.  Falkirk have made a couple of decent signings but also some hit or miss that could go either way.

Cove weren't far away and look as if they've added a bit of experience from this level (and now higher).  I'll enjoy the season hopefully, but I'd be kidding myself if I think we're capable of winning the league.

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15 hours ago, Passionate said:

That's Cove showing a statement of intent signing Vigurs and Draper from premier clubs on 3year deals,    Falkirk beginning to build there squad also...

 

I would imagine we would have to finish ahead of these 2 clubs if we have designs on the title....

 

Do we have enough quality or is there more to come.  ???  Will budget allow it,or will be just fill the bench up the youth players..

On paper the signings we have made are "ok" with the exception of McCann who looks a good player, time will tell if they are going to cut it. There's none that make you think " now that could make a real difference" and the boy from Cove has to be the most underwhelming yet. Still time ofcourse for us to bring in better, and we also still have jobbers like Hall and Miller stinking the place out. We SHOULD be amongst the favourites to win it but we all know what happened last year. I think there will be another 5 or 6 still to come in from us, two of them need to be half decent strikers or we will struggle for goals again.

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With our signing's up to now and I hope I am wrong, I can see us 5th at best in league, Alloa, Cove, Falkirk, Queens Park, seem stronger than us, having said that I hope we can add a few quality players of our own, maybe loan players but we are running out of time, before I get slated it's only my opinion for what it's worth, 

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2 hours ago, Jack Reed said:

With our signing's up to now and I hope I am wrong, I can see us 5th at best in league, Alloa, Cove, Falkirk, Queens Park, seem stronger than us, having said that I hope we can add a few quality players of our own, maybe loan players but we are running out of time, before I get slated it's only my opinion for what it's worth, 

Wouldn't say alloa look much stronger, made some pretty average signings. But it has been pretty quiet on our front the last 2 weeks, would like to see new face over the weekend

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2 hours ago, AJ77 said:

Wouldn't say alloa look much stronger, made some pretty average signings. But it has been pretty quiet on our front the last 2 weeks, would like to see new face over the weekend

Aye, I was just judging Alloa on our game last season and with Ferguson coming in, strange move after gaining promotion with Kelty, suppose he has jumped a league, 

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5 hours ago, Jack Reed said:

Aye, I was just judging Alloa on our game last season and with Ferguson coming in, strange move after gaining promotion with Kelty, suppose he has jumped a league, 

We always have the proposed reconstruction lol.

The manager now has his players and team all be it couple to come or needed. Clearly his plan and not last minute signings so let's see if they can gel into a team who can challenge ♦️

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Very quiet the last couple of weeks as a sceptical Airdrie can (aren't we all) that means either good or bad news is going to break.....   Even ITK types are quiet either that or Prunty has been told to zip it.

The squads are beginning to take shape throughout the division,  as starting 11s go we look decent enough,  no squad although signInge  still to come,   looking forward to seeing Easton in action and he seems a goalscorer as well,   although another striker is required, we are not nearly in as bad shape as some teams who appear in dire straits on the striker front.

 

hopefully some news soon, but it may depend on what trialist s Falkirk don't want ,  Paul McKay came that way...

 

league looks tighter and with more quality this year.....

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It could also be we are going with a smaller squad overall this season.   The last couple of sessions we have had a few younger guys who for various reasons were not given game time.   I would think teams further up the league system will be sorting witch players they are willing to loan out.  So their will most likely be a few loans coming in who would be expected to be given starting places.   

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10 hours ago, Passionate said:

Very quiet the last couple of weeks as a sceptical Airdrie can (aren't we all) that means either good or bad news is going to break.....   Even ITK types are quiet either that or Prunty has been told to zip it.

The squads are beginning to take shape throughout the division,  as starting 11s go we look decent enough,  no squad although signInge  still to come,   looking forward to seeing Easton in action and he seems a goalscorer as well,   although another striker is required, we are not nearly in as bad shape as some teams who appear in dire straits on the striker front.

 

hopefully some news soon, but it may depend on what trialist s Falkirk don't want ,  Paul McKay came that way...

 

league looks tighter and with more quality this year.....

We have Gallagher, Pyott and Allan, who do you think is in dire straits, Allan could not get a start for Forfar, Pyott  has no experience at this level, and although Gallagher will get us goals if given the service, he needs a player to play off him, 

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1 hour ago, Jack Reed said:

We have Gallagher, Pyott and Allan, who do you think is in dire straits, Allan could not get a start for Forfar, Pyott  has no experience at this level, and although Gallagher will get us goals if given the service, he needs a player to play off him, 

No disrespect to the teams mentioned, but  Peter head and Dumbarton have virtually no forward players.   I would say we are on a par with Falkirk, East Fife, Montrose in the striking dept,  Clyde have Goodwillie who in normal years would get 20 easy, is surrounded by some horrific signings,  it I s still relatively early to finalise squads..   I think we have a much better balanced midfield on paper, which will help to create chances for the strikers, Do you think Gal could get 15 to 20 this season...???

 

We have Motherwell in less than 3 weeks in the cup,   ' Whit Cip"

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Near enough every team in the league will be looking for a proven striker but unfortunately there just aren’t many of them around these days. I think we will bring in another striker but probably someone on loan. I’d be delighted if we were able to bring Kyle Connell back as we need someone like him who’s tall, decent in the air and can also score a few goals. I’m not saying we couldn’t do with improving that area but Gallagher, loan striker, Allan and Pyott isn’t too different to what we had last season. I think 15 goals is a reasonable aim for Gallagher this season, assuming he gets better service, and I don’t think we’ll find better than that within our budget.

Given Murray’s comments on quality over quantity I reckon we will be going with a smaller squad this year. We finished last season with 27 players and the year before had about 35 including the reserves, which is ridiculous at this level. We have 17 players listed on the website at the moment, albeit one is Thomas Robert. I reckon we’re another defender (someone who can cover centre back and maybe left back), a defensive midfielder (an alternative to Paul Paton), a wide player (a replacement for Robert when he inevitably goes) and a striker away from the squad being finished. At least a couple of those signings will be loans so it makes sense why we haven’t heard much for a couple of weeks.

The squad so far seems quite well suited to the 3-5-2 system we had success with towards the end of last season. Currie will remain in goals, Wardrop and Quitongo coming in as full backs and a back three of Watson, Kerr and Fordyce is pretty similar to what we had last year. We know the club tried to sign Paul Paton again, so are presumably still looking for a holding midfielder, with McCabe and Agnew as the more attacking midfielders in front of him. I reckon Easton will play quite high up the pitch, probably alongside Gallagher but given a bit more freedom to create things. 

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7 minutes ago, ShineOnYouCrazyDiamonds said:

Did Ritchie possibly sign a two year deal last summer as well as Robert? Certainly seems that way.

Yeah it does seem like he was already under contract. Giving him a two year deal seems quite strange. I remember Kyle MacDonald initially signed a one year deal which was extended to two after he played a certain number of games, I suppose it could be something like that. 

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6 hours ago, Mr November said:

Near enough every team in the league will be looking for a proven striker but unfortunately there just aren’t many of them around these days. I think we will bring in another striker but probably someone on loan. I’d be delighted if we were able to bring Kyle Connell back as we need someone like him who’s tall, decent in the air and can also score a few goals. I’m not saying we couldn’t do with improving that area but Gallagher, loan striker, Allan and Pyott isn’t too different to what we had last season. I think 15 goals is a reasonable aim for Gallagher this season, assuming he gets better service, and I don’t think we’ll find better than that within our budget.

Given Murray’s comments on quality over quantity I reckon we will be going with a smaller squad this year. We finished last season with 27 players and the year before had about 35 including the reserves, which is ridiculous at this level. We have 17 players listed on the website at the moment, albeit one is Thomas Robert. I reckon we’re another defender (someone who can cover centre back and maybe left back), a defensive midfielder (an alternative to Paul Paton), a wide player (a replacement for Robert when he inevitably goes) and a striker away from the squad being finished. At least a couple of those signings will be loans so it makes sense why we haven’t heard much for a couple of weeks.

The squad so far seems quite well suited to the 3-5-2 system we had success with towards the end of last season. Currie will remain in goals, Wardrop and Quitongo coming in as full backs and a back three of Watson, Kerr and Fordyce is pretty similar to what we had last year. We know the club tried to sign Paul Paton again, so are presumably still looking for a holding midfielder, with McCabe and Agnew as the more attacking midfielders in front of him. I reckon Easton will play quite high up the pitch, probably alongside Gallagher but given a bit more freedom to create things. 

Kyle Connell  would be a good signing, here's hoping, 

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7 minutes ago, ShineOnYouCrazyDiamonds said:

Has Connell signed a new deal with Killie? I know he was offered one and I'd be surprised if he didn't accept it but I'd love to have him back either as our player or another year on loan.

Signed a new deal last week. I doubt he’ll get too many games at Killie so another loan would make sense for him and he certainly seemed to enjoy his time here. 

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