Friday, June 07, 2013

Elsewhere In League Two... (4)

Several other signings have been completed in League Two this week as we enter the final fortnight of the close-season. Brian Laws' Scunthorpe United have been by far the busiest side in the past 7 days by making a trio of new additions. The transfer market hasn't quite exploded into life yet but some significant deals are starting to be struck across the divisions with players becoming keen to sort out their futures before they become free agents.

Chesterfield completed the most impressive signing by luring Scunny midfielder Jimmy Ryan to the club on a 1 year deal. The winger shone for the relegated side in League One and attracted interest from clubs well above the fourth tier, however he has opted to link up with the Spireites for 2013-2014. The Iron have moved to strengthen their squad with the eye-catching addition of Watford striker Chris Iwelumo. The big Scot has joined on a 1 year contract and will be the figurehead of the Scunny frontline. Brian Laws has also sourced defensive reinforcements in the form of Gainsborough duo Terry Hawkridge and Luke Waterfall who have moved to Glanford Park for undisclosed fees.

Newport County have struck two deals this week as they prepare for life in the Football League. Their first saw them bring in midfielder Adam Chapman from Oxford United for an undisclosed fee. There's Rovers interest in their second capture as they poached problematic forward Chris Zebroski from Conference South side Eastleigh. Zebroski joined the non-leaguers after being released by Cheltenham Town in January of this year for missing a fourth match due to his off-field antics. Temperamental manager Mark Yeats shipped him out, quite rightly, despite spending in excess of 15k to sign him from us last summer. It brings Newport's total of ex-Gas players up to 4 with David Pipe, Byron Anthony, Andy Sandell accompanying Chris Zebroski at Rodney Parade.

Elsewhere Mansfield Town have swooped for former defender Martin Riley on a free transfer. He moved to Wrexham from the Stags 2 years ago but has re-joined following their promotion to League Two. The final piece of transfer activity came from Morecambe, who have completed their first business of the summer. Macclesfield Town defender Tony Diagne has penned a 2 year deal with the Shrimps having played in the Conference Premier last season.

Here is a club-by-club guide to transfer activity so far:

Accrington Stanley ins - None.

AFC Wimbledon ins - Chris Arthur (Havant & Waterlooville, Free), Barry Fuller (Barnet, Free)

Bristol Rovers ins - Steve Mildenhall (Millwall, Free)

Burton Albion ins - None.

Bury ins - None.

Cheltenham Town ins - None.

Chesterfield ins - Aaron Chapman (Belper Town, Free), Eoin Doyle (Hibernian, Free), Jimmy Ryan (Scunthorpe United, Free)

Dagenham & Redbridge ins - None.

Exeter City ins - None.

Fleetwood Town ins - Matty Blair (York City, Free), Liam Hogan (FC Halifax Town, Free), Jeff Hughes (Notts County, Free), Steven Schumacher (Bury, Free)

Hartlepool United ins - None.

Mansfield Town ins - Jamie McGuire (Fleetwood Town, Free), Paul Black (Oldham Athletic, Free), Keiran Murtagh (Cambridge United, Free), John McCombe (Port Vale, Free), Martin Riley (Wrexham, Free)

Morecambe ins - Tony Diagne (Macclesfield Town, Undisclosed)

Newport County ins - Adam Chapman (Oxford United, Undisclosed), Chris Zebroski (Eastleigh, Free)

Northampton Town ins - None.

Oxford United ins - Jonathan Meades (AFC Bournemouth, Free)

Plymouth Argyle ins - Luke McCormick (Oxford United, Free)

Portsmouth ins - Patrick Agyemang (Stevenage, Free), Yassin Moutaouakil (Hayes & Yeading, Free), Danny East (Hull City, Free), Sonny Bradley (Hull City, Free), Romain Padovani (AS Monaco, Free), Tom Craddock (Oxford United, Free), Joe Devera (Swindon Town, Free), John Sullivan (Charlton Atheltic, Free), Andy Barcham (Scunthorpe United, Free)

Rochdale ins - Bastien Henry (Sheffield Wednesday, Free), Scott Hogan (Hyde, Free), Peter Vincenti (Aldershot Town, Free)

Scunthorpe United ins - Andy Dawson (Hull City, Free), Chris Iwelumo (Watford, Free), Terry Hawkridge (Gainsborough, Undisclosed), Luke Waterfall (Gainsborough, Undisclosed)

Southend United ins - None.

Torquay United ins - None.

Wycombe Wanderers ins - None.

York City ins - Ryan Jarvis (Torquay United, Free), Colin Clay (Chesterfield, Free), Ryan Bowman (Hereford United, Undisclosed Fee - Under 23)

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