We take a journey around the division to see what is making the headlines in the camps of our League Two rivals
Accrington boss John Coleman is expecting more new arrivals at the club to follow in the footsteps of summer incomings Tom Davies, Matty Pearson and Adam Morgan. “We’re not too bad numbers-wise but I’m not planning on stopping yet,” revealed Coleman, who is hoping to avoid having large numbers of trialists with his squad during pre-season.
Cult hero Adebayo Akinfenwa will remain at Wimbledon for 2015/16 after turning down the opportunity to sign for clubs in England and abroad. The 33-year-old scored 15 times for The Dons last term and his future had been the source of speculation but the front man insisted his “heart has always been with AFC Wimbledon.”
Newly-promoted Barnet have announced that they are to sell previous home Underhill, where they played their football for over 100 years. The Bees moved in to The Hive at the start of the 2013/14 and they have now struck a deal to sell on their previous ground to the government’s Education Funding Agency.
Rovers boss Darrell Clarke is targeting “four or five” new signings as he plans for the club’s return to the Football League. Former Pools star Clarke guided The Gas back in to League Two at the first time of asking after winning the Conference play-offs, and he must now decide how best to shape his squad as they look to re-acquaint themselves with the division.
Cambridge Chief Executive Jez George has insisted that the club will continue to be ambitious in their drive to improve the squad at The Abbey Stadium. Boss Richard Money is working with an increased wage budget and has already added four new players. “What we’re trying to do is sign players of the right quality with the right CV,” explained George.
Carlisle have refused to confirm rumours linking them with Lincoln City defender Tom Miller after The Imps boss revealed he could be on his way to Brunton Park. Miller is set to turn down a new deal at Sincil Bank but Keith Curle insisted: “There are a lot of rumours and speculation at this time of year and we are not going to comment on all them.”
Former Newport County Assistant Manager Jimmy Dack has joined Crawley Town alongside their new boss Mark Yates. Dack spent two successful spells with the Reds in the 1990s and early 2000s, and is delighted to be back at the club. “I would want to get promotion back to League One,” insisted Dack, after his appointment was confirmed.
Dagenham & Redbridge
Matt Partridge has extended his stay at Victoria Road by signing a new one-year deal with The Daggers. The defender enjoyed a solid first season with the club after joining last summer following his release from Reading and Wayne Burnett was keen to keep him in his squad for 2015/16.
New Exeter City signing Manny Oyeleke says he can’t wait to get down to business after joining the club from Brentford during the summer. “As soon as that fixture list comes out, it’s just more excitement because I know I’m coming back on June 29th – and I can’t wait,” he commented.
Last season's surprise survivors have made a concerted effort to strengthen their squad early this summer. So far they have brought in five players. Left-back Jake Carroll, 23, was the latest signing joining on a two year deal from Huddersfield. Other signings include Harry Worley from Stevenage, Carl Mignay from Grimsby, Rakish Bingham from Mansfield and Rhys Jones from Barnsley.
Former Colchester United defender Sean Clohessy has sealed a move to Leyton Orient following his release from The Weston Homes Community Stadium. The right-back fell out of favour with U’s boss Tony Humes after playing 37 times and skippering the side on occasion last term and has now confirmed his switch to Brisbane Road.
New Luton Town recruit Jack Marriott has revealed that it was boss John Still’s reputation for developing front men that convinced him to sign for The Hatters. Marriott joined Town after leaving Ipswich and explained: “The manager’s record when it comes to young strikers is an unbelievable one.”
Former Burton Albion front man Adi Yussuf has agreed a deal to join Mansfield Town. The 23-year-old spent two injury-hit seasons with The Brewers between 2011 and 2013 before rebuilding his career in non-league with Oxford City. He hit 26 goals in Conference North last term to earn a move back in to the Football League with The Stags.
Winger Alex Rodman has signed for Newport County after starring for Gateshead in the Conference last season. The 28-year-old hit the net ten times in 40 appearances for The Heed during 2014/15 and has also represented England in the National Futsal Team and in the non-league ‘C’ Side.
Cobblers boss Chris Wilder has defended his decision to sign transfer-listed John-Joe O’Toole on a three-year deal last summer. O’Toole blasted fifteen goals from midfield in his final season at Bristol Rovers but his move to Sixfields has not been a success. “I think a lot of clubs would have taken him and given him a three-year deal,” said Wilder. “But it’s not worked for us, it’s not worked for him, and you have to move on and make decisions.”
Notts County’s Ladies Team could be set to benefit from a large cash injection after the Football Association announced that SSE will sponsor the FA Cup. A seven-figure sum is expected to be poured in to the women’s game after the four-year deal was struck. County are proud to have four players from their squad currently on duty with England Women at the World Cup in Canada.
Oxford boss Michael Appleton has admitted his interest in MK Dons defender George Baldock, saying “He’s a fantastic player and someone we’d love to have here.” Baldock impressed during twelve games on loan with Oxford last term, scoring a late equaliser against the Shrimps, and the club are hoping they can take him back to The Kassam Stadium for 2015/16.
Derek Adams has taken over as Argyle boss after. John Sheridan stood down as boss at Home Park at the end of last season. The former Ross County boss will have to do without former Shrimps' striker Lewis Alessandra however after he left to join Rochdale.
Pompey favourite Paul Robinson is eager to get the new season underway after being given the all-clear following a nasty facial injury. The 33-year-old missed the last ten games of last season after fracturing a cheekbone but, after undergoing a second operation last week to remove two titanium plates, he has been given the green light to step up his return. “It’s settled down really well and there is no lasting damage,” confirmed Robinson.
New Stevenage boss Teddy Sheringham has revealed that some people he spoke to warned him off going in to management in the lower leagues. The former Manchester United and Spurs striker was unveiled as the new man at Stevenage a fortnight ago but admitted: “Some people have said I must be mad – but I can’t wait!”
Wycombe striker Hogan Ephraim has distanced himself from speculation linking him with a move to Gillingham. The 27-year-old is out of contract at Adams Park but has been offered terms with the Club and boss Gareth Ainsworth is keen to keep the creative attacker on the books for 2015/16.
Following the news that boss Paul Sturrock signed a contract with Yeovil Town, it’s now been confirmed that his backroom staff have also put pen to paper on new deals. Assistant Manager Terry Skiverton and First Team Coach Darren Way have ended weeks of speculation by agreeing new contracts as The Glovers look to plot a route back to League One at the first time of asking.
York boss Russ Wilcox has revealed that he’s hoping to rely on some help from Middlesbrough during the new campaign – in the shape of loan signings from the Championship outfit. The Minstermen will host Boro in a pre-season friendly in July and Wilcox hopes to use the opportunity to cement a relationship with Aitor Karanka. “It’s very important we forge links with the clubs local to us because of the quality they have in their squads,” explained the City chief.