Friday, June 14, 2013

Elsewhere In League Two... (5)

League Two has been awash with transfer movements this week as preparations for next season step up a gear across the country. York City and Oxford United have been busy in the past 7 days by both recruiting 3 new players, with one of them being an Estonian international. There were also a couple of other clubs who have added fresh blood to their squads while Wycombe Wanderers have completed their first capture of the summer courtesy of Reading.

Nigel Wothington's York City have been busy this week, particularly in the last couple of days,and have announced deals for Wes Fletcher, Chris Kettings and Sander Puri. Fletcher, a striker, arrives having been snared from under the noses of Morecambe. The 6 ft 2 target man held talks with Jim Bentley's Shrimps but eventually opted for a move to York. Kettings joins on a season's loan from Championship side Blackpool and will challenge goalkeeper Michael Ingham for the number 1 jersey. Worthington completed the most eye-catching acquisition with the signing of Puri, an international winger, on a free transfer. He was most recently with SPL side St. Mirren but had been on Worthington's radar for a couple of years having faced his former Northern Ireland side for his native Estonia. A deal has long been rumoured but it has now finally been completed and firmly lifts the Minstermen into the category of 'busiest club' alongside Portsmouth. 

Oxford United followed York's lead by completing a triple swoop of their own in the latter part of this week. Danny Rose has joined from Fleetwood Town and David Hunt has moved from Crawley Town on a free transfer. The U's have also brought in promising midfielder Josh Shama from Reading on a 1 year deal to bolster an area of the pitch that will no longer have Peter Leven orchestrating attacks. Chris Wilder is by no means finished in his recruitment drive and you can expect Oxford to make a few more signings before the big kick-off on August 3rd. 

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Elsewhere Oliver Lancashire has made a move to Rochdale from Aldershot Town and Fleetwood Town have moved for Stewart Murdoch of Falkirk (right). Both have signed 2 year deals with their respective new clubs. Wycombe Wanderers have joined the League Two transfer party having negotiated the season-long loan of Reading youngster Nick Arnold. The defender has committed to the Chairboys in a week that has seen them lose their skipper Dave Winfield to League One side Shrewsbury Town.

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), Stewart Murdoch (Falkirk, 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), David Hunt (Crawley Town, Free), Danny Rose (Fleetwood Town, Free), Josh Shama (Reading, Free)

Plymouth Argyle ins - Luke McCormick (Oxford United, Free), Lewis Alessandra (Morecambe, 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), Oliver Lancashire (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 - Nick Arnold (Reading, Season-Long Loan)

York City ins - Ryan Jarvis (Torquay United, Free), Colin Clay (Chesterfield, Free), Ryan Bowman (Hereford United, Undisclosed Fee - Under 23), Wes Fletcher (Burnley, Free), Chris Kettings (Blackpool, Season-Long Loan), Sander Puri (St. Mirren, Free)

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