2013-05-09 19:21#99149 lolbaconboy : #IamFan69You are Michael Smith?
Season Six: Pre-season
Last season was a spectacular season for us, winning the NPower League Two title after a very dramatic season. With great memories to savor and great ambitions, we were looking forward to what would hopefully be a very good season in NPower League One for us. The pre-season will be key for us as we look to improve the squad, improve our finances and to get the players match fit before the start of the season.
We played seven friendlies against seven much tougher teams. The reason we played these teams was to improve our finances with ticket sales. I also rotated my squad a lot to make sure everybody was match fit come the start of the season. We were beaten, as expected, six times but we somehow managed a surprise win at Villa Park. As per usual, Obi Anoruo proved to be our star player in pre-season. I'm looking forward to another spectacular season from him!
This was a very busy summer for us in the transfer market, as we released eight players and loaned out two more. We did bring in eleven players, however, with two of them coming in on loan. We do have another player signing for Vauxhall in August, but I will keep his identity a secret.
Keith Buckley is a well-developed Irish center midfielder who hails from Dublin. He is the complete midfielder, not lacking anything for any midfield role. Being my first ever money transfer, there will be huge expectations on his shoulders, but I back him to perform.
James Fry is a young, English full-back signed from Birmingham on a free transfer. He is a very tough, hard-tackling player who will hopefully fit in to the team very well. He is known for his determination to succeed and his willingness to put his body on the line to win.
Will Beesley is another young, English full-back, whom we signed from Blackburn Rovers. He is very pacey and is good on the ball. He will be blazing up the left wing this season, as he is very attack minded. Do not be fooled by his height, as he will prove to be a very steely defender to play against.
Josh Sheehan is a young, Welsh center midfielder signed on a free transfer from Swansea City. He possesses great pace and is a joy to watch on the ball. He is very Spanish in the way he plays football, as he will look to make the link-up play happen, rather than the common "British style" of forcing the ball in to the back of the net. This guy will be a big player for us this season.
Leigh Bedwell is a young, English goalkeeper signed on a free transfer from Swindon Town. He is a very well-balanced goalkeeper and he will certainly be called upon to make some top saves this season.
Grant Anderson is an experienced Scottish wide midfielder who was signed on a free transfer. He is very pacey, is a good dribbler and possesses a good cross. He will be a good rotation option for the team.
David Omoboye is a young English striker signed on a season-long loan from Blackburn Rovers. He is a very pacey and very skillful forward who will provide good cover for Anoruo and Smith.
Craig Duguid is a young Scottish left-back who was signed for £6,000 from Scottish club Aberdeen. He is very balanced physically and is very good mentally too. His technical stats aren't the greatest but he will do a good job in defence for us.
Julian Willis is a young, English central defender signed on a season-long loan from Middlesbrough. His fitness is great and he is a monster in the air. He will be good back-up for Kerr and MacDonald, and maybe he can even challenge for a starting role.
We are still in debt, but we are £200,000 better off than we were last year. This is fantastic for us as it proves that we can make a profit over the financial year. Hopefully we can improve them even more for next season.
That was my pre-season. I will have two updates coming in soon before I update for the month of August (the start of the season). I hope that you are all enjoying this story. It is becoming more enjoyable to write with each passing season!