We’ve (not) got Tom Elliott

Welcome to the close season.

Sometimes, no news is good news. This morning, according to the SLP, Millwall have agreed terms with Tom Elliott. Obviously, it’s yet to be confirmed, but given that the SLP is the in-house paper at the Den** I’ve no real reason to believe it’s bollocks.

** – as a Palace fan once put it, they could win the Champions League and the next edition of the paper would focus on a new reserve Millwall keeper. .

To be honest, losing TE was always inevitable, especially when he was out of contract. And I don’t blame him for taking a punt with a team playing in the Championship next season.

Whether he’ll make that step up remains to be seen, but he could have made worse choices than go to SE16. He’ll get a decent wedge, for a start, and given his injury issues in the past (which were starting to haunt him towards the end of last season, lest we forget), he’s taken that one big shot.

I don’t think there’s anyone at AFCW who wouldn’t wish him well, it’s not like he’s left us with a sour taste in the mouth (watch him call us cunts now), and from our point of view, it’s simple annoyance that he’s out of contract.

Not to mention the big hole in our forward line that we currently have.

TBH it’s going to force us to sort that out once and for all. Elliott’s 99% off anyway, we all have our opinion on Barnett, and Taylor won’t be able to do it all by himself. And I don’t doubt that this hasn’t been in the plans since even before the Franchise game.

NA is apparently on holiday until the 5th, not that he doesn’t deserve a long break, so if Elliott is gone before then it will leave us short at the moment. But we don’t even start pre-season training for about another four weeks.

It’s this time of year where we have to play the waiting game, but with good reason. Last week, this from the Peterborough chairman caught my eye, and it will explain why you’re probably not going to check out Soccerbase right now.

It would explain why TE (or more likely his agent) has decided to go across South London. Millwall need to move a bit quick on transfers now they got promoted, they’ve signed somebody from Bradford as well today, and they simply have to shell out where otherwise they might not need to.

We need players, but we’re in that odd situation where we don’t need to panic-buy just yet. It’s often said on SW19 that in L1 as well as L2, it’s very easy to pay a lot of money for shite, and this close season will continue to prove that.

True, you can’t leave it too long – look at last year’s transfer dealings – but there’s going to be a lot of talent next month suddenly having to get realistic about wages. Our modus operandi seems to be one that we top-load our wage structure to get the slightly better players in, at the (literal) expense of other areas.

It’s worked so far, and I bet we’re not the only ones in this division to do it.

So, have we got anyone in ourselves? Are we even likely to do so before the clocks go back? The rumour mill is suggesting we’re signing a keeper from the Championship, though that’ll only be confirmed when the cheesy photo on the OS pops up.

I suspect we’ll get quite a few announcements in quick succession, as that’s what tends to happen. One thing is guaranteed – as soon as we sign anyone, somebody on social media will post “he’s shit” within ten seconds of putting pen to paper…

Other than that, it’s all been pretty quiet recently. I’ll be honest and admit I’ve quite enjoyed not having anything AFCW related to talk about for the last month. We’ve needed that mental health break, and another couple of weeks definitely won’t hurt.

I genuinely forgot that yesterday was the fifteenth anniversary of our whole football-supporting world collapsing. I suppose it’s like the death of a relative – eventually, you move on because you need to.

I even forgot that this time last year, we were heading to Wombley. Yes, I know that date-wise, it’s tomorrow, but it’s amazing how time flies. Yesterday, our L2 playoff trophy got passed to Blackpool, which will no doubt be one of the more popular away trips of the season.

True, they’ve got seriously cuntish owners, and it takes a lot for people to boycott a playoff final. But it will be a new ground for most of us, and Blackpool is still a famous name. Just watch our game there be on a Tuesday in February.

Come to think of it, the fixtures are due out soon, aren’t they?

Finally, we’ve got a new website design, which looks nice. It’s better than the old one, although even SW19 was more readable than the previous piece of garbage. You don’t have to click on that welcome screen any more, which is a 100% improvement.

Perhaps it’s gone under the radar, but the new iFollow media stuff looks interesting. Most eyecatching is the newly available live streaming for anyone who lives outside the UK/Ireland – so now the whole world can see how bad we are up front.

This does beg a couple of questions though. £110 per season is presumably for the live streaming, and admittedly I don’t know how much DonsPlayer is per year. But it seems a lot for those who will be geographically restricted.

Will UK/Ireland subscribers get it cheaper? If not, could one go abroad and watch games on the same account? Obviously, nobody would surreptitiously do anything illegal with such an account…

Will people given the choice stick with Radio WDON? It’s pretty popular, and has been since its inception (when there was no other way of getting any updates at games), but how many will prefer to watch rather than listen?

There’s obviously a market for it, and live streaming from games is clearly cheap enough for AFCW and others to do nowadays. It’s amazing how many people are around on matchday from all over the globe – hell, when last year’s playoff final was on, apparently one bar in NYC had about 15-20 of us in there…

22 thoughts to “We’ve (not) got Tom Elliott”

  1. 3 year deal? 6k per week? No offence to TE but that is ridiculous. Millwall obviously have a fair amount of cash to throw around.

  2. Hi all,

    TE has no reason to reject £6K a week deal. Furtherhome, it is a three year deal. I think that we will not be able to afford such deal.
    The search for TE’s replacement resumes.


  3. Tyrone will come good this year wont you Tyrone?
    Tyrone will hit double figures this year won’t you Tyrone?
    Tyrone will contest headers this year won’t you Tyrone?
    Tyrone will make everyone eat their words won’t you Tyrone?
    Tyrone? …..Tyrone?

    Oh who am I trying kid

    1. Don’t forget,
      Tyrone will put some effort in, won’t you Tyrone?
      “Will I fuck”
      Tyrone will make it look like he gives a shit won’t you Tyrone?
      “Don’t make me laugh”
      Tyrone will steal another years wages and be an absolute oxygen thief won’t you Tyrone?
      “Fucking right I will.”

    2. Francomb crosses, for Barnett to score his 30th of the season to take Wimbledon into the championship

  4. I know you TB fans will be gutted but last I heard we were 99% there with the deal to shift him.

    Looking at other rumours…… nice idea that Morison would come the other way to replace big Tom but unfortunately we won’t get anywhere near his wage requirements. We were in for Michael Smith but now very unlikely we’ll get him. On the goalkeeping front we were nearly there with a deal but sounds like it may have fallen over last minute.

  5. So long Tom and thanks or all the fish, to paraphrase.

    Good luck to the man, he did the team and himself proud and understood what we were about.

    Now we move on, whichever way that is, facing new teams and visiting new grounds.

    Will Blackpool, unfortunately promoted instead of fans own Exeter manage the off-field issues enough this year not to go right back down? They didnt last time in League 1 and nothing to suggest improvements next. Perhaps REPD basket case number one?

    There is always trepidation before a new season and the worry whether new signings will. Its happened so may times to us as such a young club we need to take a deep breath and move on. Neal will sort it out. Then we can see, pre-season. A change of style of play looks possible but if we really were after Smith that suggests we stay the same.

    Only going to do Watford pre-season but it should be fun and the start of another fantastic journey.

  6. £6k a week for a run around league 1 forward with a slightly dodgy injury record? Nah.
    Good for him getting to the championship, we have sod all loyalty to players so it is what it is.

    I just hope this time round St Neal signs a striker – or 2 – that we actually play to his strengths rather than alter his dna. Perhaps sign a Premier League/Championship U21/23 striker with searing pace for a season loan 😉
    Then St Neal can break him in at wing back.

    Be ruddy marvelous when we solve this goalkeeping conundrum.

  7. The “goalkeeping conundrum” has been caused solely by NA and the goalkeeping coach. And it’s not simply about Shea either. Shea came back and, IMO, did a good job; I don’t see that the major problems we had came from him – it was surely lack of goals and lack of any real attacking intent in the midfield made worse by a Manager who was and is far too cautious. So we are with the usual rumours and counter rumours as to who might sign for us just as we have been every season since we got back in the FL. Yet again, we enter a close season with vital positions uncovered unless our Academy players are allowed to step up! Ho ho!!
    So will the weeks drag on as before or will NA act as soon as he gets back from his holiday? I won’t hold my breath!

    1. I agree. Getting an “upgrade” from a solid, dependable team player seems like a dangerous punt, when it was locked on that we’d have to find a replacement for Tom Elliott as well.
      That’s two key positions, instead of just one.
      Good luck to TE tho, and I hope we can build on that with a reputation as a club for hungry players who want to kickstart their careers. Dumping Barnett as unceremoniously as possible would help send that signal to timewasters.
      Whelpdale’s ‘sicknote’ injury issues are a slightly different thing, but we can’t afford to carry any expensive players… and on a similar note we shouldn’t panic buy either. After all, we managed to reach comfortable midtable obscurity without either of them.

    2. ” I don’t see that the major problems we had came from him – it was surely lack of goals and lack of any real attacking intent in the midfield made worse by a Manager who was and is far too cautious.” So our midfielders really are in the Ardley mould – his senior career record on Wiki reads: Total 415 appearances (26 goals)

      He was a provider not a goal driver by any means; as much the problem of scoring goals was getting that ball in the box towards the end of the season. When we did I think we missed because it had been so long since our front 2 had a decent ball in to them 😉

  8. Surprised too that Shea was released. Yes he was gonna have a couple of howlers a season, but overall was ok and could bring out some top drawer saves. The market we’re in, I doubt we’ll get much of an upgrade. 6 games without a goal at the end last season clearly shows where our problem is. Good luck Tom, good bye Tyrone. Hello creative midfielders, and clever strikers?

  9. Our first signing of the Summer is a striker and should be ‘over the line’ tomorrow. Not sure when the announcement will be made, might have to wait for Neal to get back from holiday for the cheezy photo.

  10. Couldn’t even get a clue to the identity I’m afraid, fair enough as I think we’ve already had one deal fall over at the eleventh hour. All I do know it’s not Michael Smith or Barry Corr.

    Complete guess but one name I’ve seen mentioned is Ikpeazu currently at Cambridge. They’ve already got Corr and just signed Ibehre (spit) from Carlisle so possible a striker is departing. Big unit and he’s got pace, looked a real handful in their FA Cup game against Leeds, Sort of rough diamond Neal might go for.

    All will be revealed in the next few days.

    1. Cheers for the tip though Slow, I would assume Neal will announce this one when he gets back next week. Sounds like it’s going to be a busy one on his return!

  11. Getting a fee for Bursik would allow us to go for our number one keeper target. We would need to pay a fee. I think we have just lost out on one keeper already.

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