First of all, lets take a look at my signings. I felt I had signed the players needed for promotion in August but since we are looking towards promotion this season, I wanted to make sure the squad was strong enough by bringing in 4 players, worth a combined fee of £175,000. I know these signings were to make sure we won promotion but I strongly believe the current squad is good enough for the next level, League 2. I let 3 first team players go but for good fees. I made a combined total of £890,000 in transfers this transfer window alongside the £100,000 deal for which we sold Patrick Smith to Birmingham City for back in August, but anyway, here are the signings:
David Templeton - £140,000 from Rangers
We have a shortage of good quality left wingers in the side so a new one was needed and David Templeton was that man. In just 3 appearances he's scored 1 goal, assisted 3 and won Man of the Match once.
Ryan Hall - £35,000 from Leeds United
He isn't our best midfielder but provides depth for when it's needed.
Abdul Razak - Free transfer from Manchester City
Razak is straight into the team for every game. To get him on a free and on a low wage as he is now is such a great deal for us. Many bigger clubs put in offers for him but we offered him more than he asked for to make sure he joined us.
Wilson Palacios - Free transfer
For us, Palacios was the best signing of the transfer window. He has so many strengths it's untrue. He's played in the Premier League since 2007 when he joined Birmingham on loan. He then went onto Wigan for £1,500,000 the season after. Then Tottenham signed him for a big money fee of £12,000,000 which says it all about his ability. After 4 seasons at Spurs, Stoke City snapped him up for £8,000,000 and spent two seasons for them before going on loan to Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Leeds United. He's never played lower than the Championship. The lowest league he's played in is the Honduran Liga Nacional for Olimpia which is the top league in Honduras.
Total Spent: £175,000
Samuel - £800,000 to Brighton & Hove Albion
This was the toughest decision in my career, he was a fairly young center back and was at Championship standard but the financial rewards of the sale were too tempting. On the other hand, I had a few Under-18 center backs wanting first team action and they were suitable for this standard and on a lower wage.
Jan Tigorev - £100,000 to Aberdeen
Tigorev wouldn't fit into the squad anywhere as there was no defensive midfield role in the formation we were playing and with Palacios and Razak signing, it pushed him further down the pecking order.
Sean St. Ledger - £90,000 to Inverness Caledonian Thistle
St. Ledger was always unhappy here as he wasn't getting any first team action and he was taking too much of the wage bill up so a move away was perfect for him and like Samuel, was being pushed out by youngsters coming through the ranks.
Total Income - £890,000
The results and League table
We're still flying high, 4 points ahead of Lincoln but with our new midfield I think we'll be able to push away from them. We've also made it into the semi-final of the FA Trophy against Cambridge United.