My office is, in all honesty, a transfer magnet right now . We’ve got the potential signings of Vassell and Reid to come and already completed at least 3 or 4. I’m sure someone can give you a lowdown on all the signings. It’s nice, every now and then, to have an opportunity to sit back and think about what you’re doing, how the team is progressing, where you see yourself in a few months. Moments like this have been few and far between over the last couple of weeks. It’s all been either contracts, transfers or injuries.
Last week wasn’t too bad in the end. Yeah. We lost to Nottingham, and that was disappointing. But the lads picked themselves up, dusted themselves down and trained twice as hard as before. There’s been a real sense of belief and unity amongst the squad over these two weeks and this was only aided by the 1-0 win over Seacoast United.
Anyway, with a couple more signings in the bag, we’ve set ourselves up for our first game of the season, against the mighty Pompey! Media have chosen to televise the game, probably a good decision if you ask me… and for that we get £10,000. Not bad, shame we won’t see any of it.
I’ve decided to take the boys down to Portsmouth tonight, ready for tomorrow’s game as we start at the earlier time of 12.45. This should give the boys a chance to acclimatise and switch their heads on. I know a couple of the Portsmouth players, we’re going to have to watch Connolly if we’ve got any chance of succeeding, he always seems to play well at the start of a new campaign.
As I mentioned early, there has been just one issue this week: injuries. To Kitson. Out for 1-2 weeks. And this is really big news. It could have been worse, much worse. But Portsmouth is one of the biggest games of the season. The role that Dave plays, just behind the striker, is not only pivotal in itself to the success of this team but also almost impossible to replace. I’m thinking Williams… give Lopez a start out wide. And maybe we can bring Potter on if things aren’t working.
Oh. One thing I know hasn’t hit the papers yet is a loan signing of Jamar Loza, from Norwich. For some reason, the press haven’t really focused on him as much as others but trust me. He’s quality. A great poacher that can also play as a loan striker. Wish me luck for the game. Watch it if you can.