Im in self-isolation, so here’s the return of our Barrow FM2020 career!
After squeaking through the play-offs last term, we certainly have a job on our hands. Thankfully, the board have given us a great chance of achieving this due to our budgets and expectations.
With us after contract clauses etc kicking in, only spending roughly £15,000 a week on wages it leaves us a great deal of room for making additions and strengthening our squad. This will only be helped by us shifting on some of the limited dead wood and letting a few contracts expire.
So as you can see above, we moved a few players on, including a few that might surprise some of you. Hindle and Stewart played vital roles for us last season, after we got a few injuries they stepped up and really helped us in our promotion push. Unfortunately both just won’t cut it in League Two and are at an age where we should think about cashing in as we did.
The rest of the players that left were mainly squad players who just didn’t quite cut it and wouldn’t get a look in this season.
Now onto incomings and there is a few!
Despite having a bit of money to spend we haven’t really needed to use it, the new link to Fulham has proved worthwhile, giving us cover at centre midfield and right back.
Wang from Wolves was also a cheap move for us, with us not paying a penny of his wages and he will compete for a start at right wing.
Matthew Platt joined us from Blackburn for £10,000, the only money we spent this window. He impressed me last season on loan and will be a starting centre half for us again this season.
The rest were free transfers, Denham and Bailey are both centre half a position we needed depth. Onodi is a new back up keeper from Villa who may challenge for a start later in the season. Payne is a great free signing from Norwich, the youngster will bring some flair to our team in central midfield. Randall featured heavily for Sutton last year, and will provide a bit more competition at right wing, provided he can make the step up.
Into the games, we did really well this Pre-Season, picking up some wins against teams we probably should have lost and earning a few quid along the way.
Our first game of the season is at home too Port Vale, so tune in next time to see how our start to life in the Football League comes on..