We take our latest look at what is happening around League Two
Former Accrington Stanley midfielder Sean McConville is in line for a return to the club this summer, according to reports. The 26-year-old has signed a one-year deal at The Crown Ground after his departure from Chester City, according to Sky Sports.
Dons boss Neal Ardley has re-assured fans there is no reason to panic as he continues his work to bring new players to the club this summer. Ardley says he is closing in one or two new faces and will persevere until he lands his targets: “We need five players and that is what I am aiming for,” he commented.
French centre-back Bira Dembele has put pen to paper on a deal at Barnet after leaving Stevenage at the end of last season. The defender had been with Boro since last February and made 43 appearances for the club before being released – he’s now signe-up for two-years with The Bees.
Pirates boss Darrell Clarke is anticipating a flurry of transfer activity once clubs up and down the country return to their training grounds next week. He remains in the market for at least four players to bolster his squad following their instant return from the Conference. “I’m being very thorough in trying to get the right players because I know a manager lives and dies by his recruitment,” he explained.
It’s been confirmed that midfielder John Hunt has left Cambridge United by mutual consent this week. The 24-year-old was placed on the transfer list at The Abbey Stadium last term and returned to former club Wrexham on loan towards the end of the campaign.
The Cumbrians skipper Danny Grainger reckons the club’s best piece of summer business was agreeing a contract extension with keeper Mark Gillespie. A new deal was agreed with the 23-year-old last week and Grainger was thrilled with the news: “If Mark can have a full season where he’s fit, he is a fantastic talent and the sky is the limit for him,” he said.
A fourth summer signing has landed at Crawley Town with the news that Brighton striker Shamir Fenelon. The 20-year-old was a free agent following his release from the South Coast outfit at the end of last season and Reds boss Mark Yates is delighted at the acquisition: “I think Shamir has got a lot of ability.”
Dagenham & Redbridge
Daggers boss Wayne Burnett wants his side to make a positive start to 2015/16 despite being handed a tough start to the new campaign. Burnett’s men were slow out of the blocks last season when they won just two out of nine and face trips to Portsmouth and Charlton in their opening games. “If we can start (this season) as we finished then I’ll be pleased,” he said.
The Grecians have begun a consultation process over plans to develop St James’ Park. City are proposing to build some student accommodation behind the Big Bank Stand and replace the old grandstand which has stood for almost 90 years. Acting-Chairman Julian Tagg insists that the work was desperately needed because the club is “at a point of no return” due to Health and Safety Executives attempting to close down the stand.
The Shrimps' opening day opponents have seen long time goalkeeper Scott Flinders join York after Ronnie moore brought in Trevor Carson from Cheltenham. Hartlepool confirmed this week that JPNG would be the new owners of the club. Gary Coxall has been named as the Club’s new Chairman, with Peter Goldberg joining the Board of Directors alongside Russ Green who also remains as Chief Executive. JPNG will take over with immediate effect from IOR who had been in charge at Victoria Park for the previous 18 years.
New Orient boss Ian Hendon has returned to former club West Ham United to bag two young players to bolster the squad at Brisbane Road. Paul McCallum has agreed a two-year deal with The O’s while fellow Hammer Blair Turgott has been snapped up on a one-year contract. Both players have Football League experience from loan spells in the past.
New Luton signing Stephen O’Donnell has revealed that seeing The Hatters’ plans for the future helped persuade him to sign a deal at Kenilworth Road. The highly-rated full-back left Partick Thistle at the end of last season and says he had no trouble crossing the border to further his career once he heard what Town boss had to say.
Nicky Hunt says he can’t wait to get started after swapping Accrington Stanley for Mansfield Town over the summer. The former Bolton Wanderers full-back turned down a new deal at The Crown Ground to join The Stags and said: “ I’m very pleased to have signed for the club and am really looking forward to working with the manager and the rest of the players.”
Exiles boss Terry Butcher has completed the signing of Alex Rodman on a one-year deal. The former Tamworth and Gateshead winger scored ten goals for The Heed last season but turned down the offer of a new deal to join Butcher at Rodney Parade.
Northampton were one of the first clubs to return to pre-season training this week when they repowered back a week earlier than most of their rivals. And skipper Marc Richards is hoping the extra time on the training ground will give The Cobblers an edge: “Pre-season has come around quite quickly, but we have to be prepared for the season, to push on and be better.”
Belgian international Gill Swerts has claimed that he is ready to seal a summer move to Notts County. The 32-year-old defender is a free agent after leaving Dutch outfit NAC Breda upon their relegation last season. “Next week Notts begin preparing for the upcoming season. Then I hope to join,” he told a Belgian website.
Sam Long is hoping to put down the roots for a successful career at The Kassam Stadium after signing new long-term deal at Oxford United. The 20-year-old defender has put pen to paper on a contract which will keep him at the club until 2017. “This deal is there now, but I’m looking to the next one and pushing on,” he explained.
Plymouth Argyle have followed Exeter City in opening their doors to academy players released by Torquay United. The Gulls announced they were shutting down their youth system last week and Home Park Academy coach Kevin Hodges has invited released youngsters to trial with Argyle in their Centre of Excellence.
Former Burton Albion striker Adam McGurk has signed for Portsmouth on a two-year deal. The 28-year-old was out of contract at the end of last season and new Pompey boss Paul Cook moved quickly to acquire his signature. “I’ve played against Pompey a few times and always been struck by how fantastic the fans have been,” McGurk commented.
Stevenage have added a further friendly to their pre-season schedule after announcing plans to visit non-league Arlesey Town in July. Fellow league club MK Dons will also make the trip to Hitchin Road to play The Blues during the warm-up period.
Chairboys boss Gareth Ainsworth has admitted he faces an uphill task in trying to bring Alfie Mawson back to Adams Park in to the new campaign. The defender was one of the star performers last term as Wanderers reached the League Two Play-Off Final and he has reportedly turned down the offer of a new deal at Brentford. “In all honesty, keeping Alfie would be the deal of the century,” said Ainsworth, with Millwall, Swindon and Bradford among those keeping tabs on the centre-back.
The Glovers have moved back in to the transfer market to complete the signing of Ipswich Town defender Omar Souwunmi on a one-year deal. The 19-year-old impressed boss Paul Sturrock during a trial match and will now join former Pools men Jack Compton and Matty Dolan in the Yeovil Town squad for the fresh campaign.
Former Hartlepool keeper Scott Flinders is set for a quick reunion against his former club – because Ronnie Moore’s men visit Bootham Crescent in the second week of the new season. Flinders signed a deal with The Minstermen on Tuesday after a six-year stay at Pools came to an end at the end of last term.