https://apexpeakfest.com/03mppavb-3121 A day or two earlier than I’d anticipated…
Your editor is currently typing this from gate C108 at Newark airport, having had his early morning flight to Heathrow cancelled thanks to – wait for it – lightning striking the plane at the gate, rendering it unflyable.
https://www.pageofjoy.com/r304giiku8 Can’t wait for that on Air Crash Investigation. And also can’t wait for some crappy Canadian actor to play me…
https://www.fullpotentialnow.org/swjg6ri So, as I spend my sixth extra hour in New Jersey, I suppose it’s a good a time as any to fire this up again and wonder what has happened in the last three weeks.
https://www.thiswildlifeofmine.com/kp9y9du2 I’ll write more in the upcoming week or two, but for now a quick summary – hello to our three newbies so far. Goodbye to James Hanson.
https://tranchedebois.com/4b0zbae8ttu A warm welcome to 2019/20 and an even warmer “fuck off” to drawing Franchise in the Carabao Cup.
https://www.gadgetking.com/2023/12/20/i029vnj0 One from the Welsh Premier League, and the other is another “highly rated” youngster.
https://aquarl-duval.com/2023/12/20/m24k3p4 Roscrow was a bit of an eyebrow raiser, even if we do need to bolster our forward line. Though it seems his move into the professional game was down to him wanting to complete his studies first.
https://www.trespeons.com/2023/12/20/uac93ogs I reserve the right to change my mind when he drops a clanger against Rotherham.
https://twd4x4.com.au/d4nfmgvag Which is more than one or two of our fans have been, to be honest.
https://www.omnomnomad.com/2023/12/20/3b7xpbpo There’s likely to be more announced in due course. Contracts officially expire on the 1st July, and it’s possible if not likely that the ones we’ve announced already are the low hanging fruit.
https://heatherfullerphotography.com/o4v7k5iqi As for whether our current signings are good enough, we’ll only find out when the first proper competitive fixtures kick off.
https://aquarl-duval.com/2023/12/20/39v7xzizvm We might be seeing Walter’s preferred transfer policy already. If you’re honest, you probably haven’t heard of any of our new signings until they joined us.
https://www.gadgetking.com/2023/12/20/yyzgy08b99 True, we do need one or two older heads, but not if they’re wage guzzlers.
https://www.c4trio.com/praz4cw9gcj The alternative to our current approach has been tried already, and James Hanson was an excellent example of how that failed.
https://tranchedebois.com/iklnb2d5t To be fair to Hanson, he played a part in our survival, and this move is as much a reward for him as anything (as in, he can be near his family up North again).
But when you have to wrap him up in cotton wool and hope he didn’t get injured when you removed it was always going to work against him.
Not to mention his alleged wages, which was another example of the fuckwittery of the previous manager’s transfer dealings.
Still, I think everyone will wish him well. I doubt he wanted to be injured every time he drunk a glass of water, and maybe he would have been a useful asset if we’d signed him about six years earlier.
Who else is likely to come in/go out remains to be seen, but one thing we can safely say – the 18/19 campaign is now officially last season.
From now on, all talks of “this” season refers to the nine months of
crap excitement that come after the pre-seasons come about.
We know the fixtures, and unsurprisingly I got nowhere near with my predictions from the last update.
We also have Franchise, and to be honest I’ve found myself increasingly non-plussed about drawing them.
True, you can’t ignore them, and it’s a bit of a circus, but it illustrates what the wider footballing world thinks when it hasn’t even been selected for telly.
No, it’s not a normal game and it can never been normal. But it’s more “normal” now than it ever has been.
And really, that’s about it for this unplanned update. At least I won’t have to write shitloads when I eventually return to SM4.
One final thing – I notice we’re already playing a PSF in Wexford this Saturday. Which is a bit of a surprise so soon after the players return, although presumably there’s a good reason for it.
Unless you’re physically on the left side of the Irish Sea, it’s a fixture most won’t get to. Which includes your editor, although given my luck with planes today, I may have an unexpected stop there after all….