Saturday, July 20, 2013

Elsewhere In League Two... (8)

It has been 3 weeks since the last 'Elsewhere In League Two...' article and needless to say that there has been lots of transfer activity in the division since then. The past week has seen a whopping 19 signings made as managers across the land add the finishing touches to their squads ahead of the big kick off in a fortnight's time.

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Burton Albion have been busy with a couple of noteworthy captures in former Stoke City midfielder Rory Delap and striker Rene Howe. Long-throw specialist Delap has signed a 1 year deal while ex-Gas loanee Howe has agreed a 2 year stay with the Brewers. Bury have also been working hard this week to tie up contracts with a few new recruits. Goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook has joined the Shakers on a permanent contract following his departure from Arsenal, Richard Hinds moves to Gigg Lane after his release from Yeovil Town and forward Anton Forrester arrives on loan from Blackburn Rovers.

Torquay United have also been active and have drafted in midfielder Ben Harding on a free from play-off finalists Northampton Town. Paul Cook's Chesterfield have completed 3 signings in the shape of Richie Humphreys, Matt Brown and Jamie Devitt. Essex side Southend United have moved for a former Colchester United midfielder in Ben Coker and he has signed a 2 year deal with the Shrimpers. Scunthorpe United have drafted in Sean McAllister and long time free agent Etienne Esajas with the winger not having played since the 2011-2012 season and York City have signed Richard Cresswell after he was let go by Sheffield United and Ben Davies on loan from Preston North End.

Elsewhere James Beattie's Accrington Stanley have swooped for Rob Atkinson, a former loanee, from Fleetwood Town and Cheltenham Town have sealed a deal for former favourite Ashley Vincent and Macclesfield Town left back Craig Braham-Barrett. Plymouth Argyle have brought in ex-Accrington Stanley wide man Romuald Boco on a 1 year contract and, finally, AFC Wimbledon have signed Burnley winger George Porter on loan after he enjoyed an impressive campaign on loan in League One last year.

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

Accrington Stanley ins - Nicky Hunt (Rotherham United, Free), Shay McCartan (Burnley, Free), Rob Atkinson (Fleetwood Town, Free)

AFC Wimbledon ins - Chris Arthur (Havant & Waterlooville, Free), Barry Fuller (Barnet, Free), Ross Worner (Aldershot Town, Free), Charlie Sheringham (AFC Bournemouth, Free), Ashley Bayes (Basingstoke, Free), George Francomb (Norwich City, Free), Callum Kennedy (Scunthorpe United, Free), George Porter (Burnley, Season's Loan)

Bristol Rovers ins - Steve Mildenhall (Millwall, Free)

Burton Albion ins - Alex MacDonald (Burnley, Free), Adam Reed (Sunderland, Free), Dominic Knowles (Burnley, Free) , Chris Hussey (AFC Wimbledon, Free), Phil Edwards (Rochdale, Free), Ian Sharps (Rotherham United, Free), Michael Symes (Leyton Orient, Free), Rene Howe (Torquay United, Free), Rory Delap (Stoke City, Free)

Bury ins - Ashley Grimes (Rochdale, Free), Gareth Roberts (Derby County, Free), Nathan Cameron (Coventry City, Free), Greg McDermott (Stockport County, Free), Andy Procter (Preston North End, Free), Rob Lainton (Bolton Wanderers, Free), John Rooney (Barnsley, Free), Chris Sedgwick (Hyde, Free), Reice Charles-Cook (Arsenal, Free), Richard Hinds (Yeovil Town, Free), Anton Forrester (Blackburn Rovers, 6 Month Loan)

Cheltenham Town ins - Jamie Cureton (Cheltenham Town, Free), Troy Brown (Aldershot Town, Free), Matt Richards (Shrewsbury Town, Free), Terry Gornell (Rochdale, Free), Ashley Vincent (Port Vale, Free), Craig Braham-Barrett (Macclesfield Town, 6 Month Loan)

Chesterfield ins - Aaron Chapman (Belper Town, Free), Eoin Doyle (Hibernian, Free), Jimmy Ryan (Scunthorpe United, Free), Gary Roberts (Swindon Town, Free), Sam Morsy (Port Vale, Free), Ritchie Humphreys (Hartlepool United, Free), Matty Brown (Marine, Free), Jamie Devitt (Hull City, Free)

Dagenham & Redbridge ins - Afolabi Obafemi (Leyton Orient, Free)

Exeter City ins - Doug Bergqvist (Aldershot Town, Free), Sam Parkin (St. Mirren, Free)

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), Antoni Sarcevic (Chester, Free), Mark Roberts (Stevenage, Free), Stephen Jordan (Free Agent)

Hartlepool United ins - Jack Compton (Colchester United, Free)

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), Sam Clucas (Hereford United, Free)

Morecambe ins - Tony Diagne (Macclesfield Town, Undisclosed), Marcus Marshall (Bury, Free), Jack Sampson (Bolton Wanderers, Free), Alex Kenyon (Stockport County, Free), Mark Hughes (Bury, Free)

Newport County ins - Adam Chapman (Oxford United, Undisclosed), Chris Zebroski (Eastleigh, Free), Harry Worley (Oxford United, Free), Jamie Stephens (Liverpool, Free)

Northampton Town ins - Matt Duke (Bradford City, Free), Ian Morris (Torquay United, Free), Darren Carter (Cheltenham Town, Free)

Oxford United ins - Jonathan Meades (AFC Bournemouth, Free), David Hunt (Crawley Town, Free), Danny Rose (Fleetwood Town, Free), Josh Shama (Reading, Free), Dave Kitson (Sheffield United, Free), Tom Newey (Scunthorpe United, Free), Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town, 6 Month Loan)

Plymouth Argyle ins - Luke McCormick (Oxford United, Free), Lewis Alessandra (Morecambe, Free), Reuben Reid (Yeovil Town, Season-Long Loan), Dominic Blizzard (Yeovil Town, Free), Marvin Morgan (Shrewsbury Town, Free), Romuald Boco (Accrington Stanley, 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), Ricky Holmes (Barnet, Free)

Rochdale ins - Bastien Henry (Sheffield Wednesday, Free), Scott Hogan (Hyde, Free), Peter Vincenti (Aldershot Town, Free), Oliver Lancashire (Aldershot Town, Free), Ashley Eastham (Blackpool, Free), Matt Lund (Stoke City, Free), Matt Done (Rochdale, Free)

Scunthorpe United ins - Andy Dawson (Hull City, Free), Chris Iwelumo (Watford, Free), Terry Hawkridge (Gainsborough, Undisclosed), Luke Waterfall (Gainsborough, Undisclosed), Andy Welsh (Carlisle United, Free), Matt Sparrow (Crawley Town, Free), Etienne Esajas (Free Agent), Sean McAllister (Cowdenbeath, Free)

Southend United ins - John White (Colchester United, Free), Will Atkinson (Bradford City, Free), Ben Coker (Colchester United, Free)

Torquay United ins - Elliot Benyon (Southend United, Free), Dale Tonge (Rotherham United, Free), Jordan Chapell (Sheffield United, Free), Courtney Cameron (Aston Villa, Free), Ben Harding (Northampton Town, Free)

Wycombe Wanderers ins - Nick Arnold (Reading, Season-Long Loan), Paris Cowan-Hall (Plymouth Argyle, Free), Jon-Paul Pittman (Oxford United, Free)

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), Lewis Montrose (Gillingham, Free), Richard Cresswell (Sheffield United, Free), Ben Davies (Preston North End, 1 Month Loan)

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