Yesterday saw the closure of the January transfer window, which is always an interesting time for football clubs and football fans.
We were all working into the night yesterday to explore further opportunities to strengthen our group, and we finished the window happy with our work.
In January we have seen eight players depart either on loan, permanently, or returning to their parent clubs (Dagnall, Nyaumpembe, Burgess, Sang, Archer, Styles, Barjonas and Hudson). Add to that Bunn, Skarz, and Aldred, who continue their loan spells for the remainder of the season.
The departures allowed us to strengthen our squad in areas where the Manager felt we needed more competition. With the arrivals of Scott Wharton and Jordan Rossiter, we think we have achieved a great balance and real quality competition for places.
January also saw the extension of Jay O’Shea’s contract, and we remain in discussions and negotiations with other key players about extending their time with us beyond the end of the season.
We also recently saw Joe Adams and Callum Hulme graduate from the Academy and be awarded professional contracts, they too will add to the squad in the run-up to the end of the season.
Whenever a team is flying-high in any league, there is an obvious threat of their best players to attracting interest from higher levels of the game, and with a very successful January on the pitch, we were no different. With the support of the Chairman, we were able to reject these approaches and keep the players we wanted to keep.
Since my arrival in the summer, it has always been the aim to become more sustainable financially as a football department, whilst remaining successful on the pitch. The business we have done so far means we are on the right path. The work will now continue into the summer whilst we enjoy an exciting end to the 2018/19 season.
Lee Dykes. UTS