By David Ashton
WELCOME to this weeks round up of the ongoing news and happenings which surround the Coca-Cola Football League Two.
Rotherham fans will be saddened to hear that their team has been dealt a massive blow with the news that they have been deducted 17 points as they ready for the new League Two season. After being in Administration twice in as many years, news like this will come as no surprise but the threat of being thrown out of the Football League if specific criteria is not met will no doubt worry The Millers’ fans.
Darlington have looked to strengthen their squad by taking a look at Ben Murihead following his release from Lancashire outfit, Rochdale. The majority of Darlington fans will no doubt recognise Muirhead as the player who sacrificed Darlington as Rochdale headed to Wembley in the League Play-Offs last season.
Will Darlington fans be able to forgive the tricky winger as he looks to impress Darlo boss Dave Penny in the hope of earning a deal at the Balfour Webnet Darlington Arena?
Other news at Darlington is that gaffer, Penny, has set a deadline for Tommy Wrights proposed move to Scottish premier division side Aberdeen. The two clubs have already agreed upon a reported £100,000 fee with the only hitch in the transfer being Wrights’ injury which he is currently carrying after picking up the knee injury in the first leg of Darlington`s game last season with Rochdale. Could the sale of Wright be good or bad as they look to go one better this time around a secure promotion and climb up the football league?
League Two new boys Gillingham have been able to secure the services of Leeds United midfielder Curtis Weston on a months loan with a view to a permanent deal for the 21-year-old. After recently being on trial at Hibernian, Weston has now arrived with the Gills and will be hoping to secure first team football once again.
Bournemouth have also strengthened their squad with the arrival of 32 year old Sammy Igoe on a free transfer from Bristol Rovers after previously being on trial with the south coast club where he obviously impressed manager Kevin Bond enough to tie him down to a permanent one year deal, as he looks to prepare his team for a quick return to League One football, which will be hard with news that they too have recieved a 17 point deduction.
Notts County are meanwhile attracting young talent to their football club with the recruitment of highly rated forward Ben Fairclough on a 5 month contract after impressing immensely in pre season scoring 2 goals in 5 pre season matches for the Magpies.
Luton town, after being dealt with a huge 30 point blow, have surprisingly strengthened with former crowd favourite Kevin Nichols rejoining the club after his contract with championship side Preston North End was not renewed and will now look to recapture his form which attracted teams of Preston’s structure in the first place and try and pull off the impossible by keeping Luton Town in the Football League.
Stanley fans will be delighted to hear the news that they have strengthened their squad with the addition of 19 year old midfielder Jimmy Ryan on a free transfer following his release from Shrewsbury town. Ryan, who was previously a product of Liverpool`s youth system, will be looking to impress the Stanley manager as they look to build on last seasons success.
Delroy Facey meanwhile has left League Two new comers Gillingham after cancelling his contract due to mutual consent. Facey, who spent the back end of last season on loan at Wycombe Wanderers, will now be looking to reignite his career with a new club. Gillingham have also not been able to tie down trialist Bobsam Elejiko to a permanent contract and will return to Royal Antwerp despite impressing manager Mark Stimson during his short spell with the club.
Brentford have added to their squad with the arrivals of Bristol City duo James Wilson and Frankie Artus both of whom arrive on a months loan and Gary Johnson was delighted that his young stars will be given the chance to game first team football experience. The Robins gaffer said: “It is a brilliant move for them because they need to be competing for league games”.
Could the young duo make an impact for the Bees in the short period of time that that they are there?
That`s all for this week people but stay tuned for next weeks edition to keep up with all the news and goings on to keep you Stanley fans up to date with what is going on in and around League Two.
League Two Round Up: Week Two
By David Ashton