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#1 dunning1874

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 10:34 AM

Thought it was worth starting a new thread rather than bundling it into last season's since that's now pushing 200 pages, it's good to have a post on the first page getting updated.

Players under contract to Summer 2018 unless stated.

Goalkeepers

1. Derek Gaston (30)
20. Ross Doohan (19) - loan from Celtic, Jan 2018
30. Jamie McGowan (20)

Defenders

2. Lee Kilday (25)
4. Tam O'Ware (24)
5. Ricki Lamie (24)
6. Michael Doyle (26)
16. Lewis Strapp (17) - loaned to Elgin
17. Mark Russell (21)
23. Darren Barr (32) - player/coach
26. Jack Iredale (21) - January 2018

Midfielders

3. Andy Murdoch (21)
8. Ross Forbes (28)
12. Michael Tidser (27) - June 2019
14. Gary Harkins (32)
15. Scott Tiffoney (18)
18. Connor McManus (21) - January 2018
21. Ruaridh Langan (19) - January 2018

Forwards

7. Gary Oliver (22)
9. Jai Quitongo (19)
10. Robert Thomson (24) - June 2019
11. Bob McHugh (26) - June 2019
22. Ben Armour (19) - January 2018

Left the Club

Bryn Halliwell - retired
Jamie McDonagh
Conor Pepper
Kudus Oyenuga - Chelmsford City
Jon Scullion
Thomas Orr - Queen's Park
Jamie Lindsay (loan expired)
Aidan Nesbitt (loan expired)
Lawrence Shankland (loan expired)
Luke Donnelly (loan expired)

Only including development players who've played first team games as it'll get too crowded otherwise.

Edited by dunning1874, 18 August 2017 - 10:11 AM.

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 10:49 AM

Out of contract:

 

Bryn Halliwell

Ricki Lamie

Mark Russell

Michael Doyle

Jamie McDonagh

Michael Tidser

Andy Murdoch

Conor Pepper

Kudus Oyenuga

Jon Scullion

Jamie Lindsay (loan)

Aidan Nesbitt (loan)

Lawrence Shankland (loan)

 

 

Keep.


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 10:50 AM

You'd assume Halliwell, Pepper and Scullion would definitely be released of the out of contract players. I'd be adding McDonagh and Oyenuga to that. We've little to no hope of getting Lindsay or Nesbitt back, and anyone who wants Shankland back doesn't know anything about football.


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 10:50 AM

Keep.


Add Doyle to that list and I agree with all of that.
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 11:04 AM

I think Duffy will try to sign McDonagh and Kudus again. I wouldn't disagree with them as squad players.


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 11:07 AM

I wouldn't be against McGowan being given some of the Betfred Cup games to see if he could become our new #1.
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 11:09 AM

I think Duffy will try to sign McDonagh and Kudus again. I wouldn't disagree with them as squad players.


Kudus is not good enough to play up front for us. He's supposed to be a striker. He shouldn't command one our the striker places in our squad.

He's done ok out wide but he's not a winger. He's not good enough to command one of the winger places in our squad. His only use out there is as an outlet for Duffyball which we should not be playing anyway. This team has been glorious with faced paced attacking and ball on the deck, not Duffyball which we have played, to absolutely zero effect, for the past few months.

Should be binned immediately.
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 11:26 AM

I'd keep Doyle and McDonagh in addition to those listed already. Doyle is a 7/10 most games and is clearly a good influence in the dressing room and you can't ignore squad morale as one of the reasons this team has reached a semi final and got in to the playoffs. Mcdonagh is a confidence player and has a bit of a screw loose, but on his day he is a good option to have at right back and up front, which at our level having someone who can play in multiple positions can be valuable over the course of a season.


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 11:27 AM

There's an argument to be made for McDonagh being kept as full back cover if no right back better than Doyle comes in - still young, had some good games there, will only be used as cover - but absolutely no to Oyenuga.

 

On McGowan, my preference would be to get him out on loan to a League 1 or 2 side to get him a full season of first team football, with us bringing in a goalkeeper on loan ourselves to be first choice with Gaston as cover. That'd hopefully be the big test needed to establish whether he's going to be good enough and he could return to be first choice the following season, but if no quality goalkeeper is available I'd be happy to give him a shot in the League Cup.


Edited by dunning1874, 13 May 2017 - 01:43 PM.

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 11:34 AM

On McGowan, my preference would be to get him out on loan to a League 1 or 2 side to get him a full season of first team football, with us bringing in a goalkeeper on loan ourselves to be first choice with Gaston as cover. That'd hopefully be the big test needed to establish whether he's going to be good enough and he could return to be first choice the following season, but if not quality goalkeeper is available I'd be happy to give him a shot in the League Cup.


Agree.

Gaston has had 2 major periods of lost form/lack of confidence this season alone. We cannot go into next season trusting that he is reliable enough to take us to the next level. Likewise, we can't take the chance on leaving that responsibility to a relatively untested youngster who may or may not have it. Send him out on loan and make signing a new first team goalkeeper a top priority.
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 11:54 AM

Keep.


You wouldn't keep Doyle :o
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 12:03 PM

You wouldn't keep Doyle :o


Neither would I.
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 12:11 PM

I think Doyle's nightmare against St Mirren, and general drop in form, is weighing heavily on the mind at the moment. He'd convinced me that he was a really good player by about February/early March. He's looked ponderous and clumsy of late, but there is a good player in there.
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 12:15 PM

Neither would I.

 

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 12:17 PM

I'd keep Doyle and McDonagh in addition to those listed already. Doyle is a 7/10 most games

 

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 12:22 PM

If we want to get out of this league, we need to be targeting a better right back than Doyle. He'll run all day and give his best, but he has a serious lack of quality and can be a bit rash in a tackle.
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 12:26 PM

My main criticism is that he cannae kick a ball without both legs coming off the ground. What's that all about?
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 12:39 PM

There's a few on the list that are signed that I'd find a way to get rid of:
Kikday, has no winning mentality.
Gaston, no reason to believe he will be better next season. Either put him or punt Wylie.
Forbes, he's peaked and it wasn't enough. If Tidser had played the same amount and hit all the free kicks it would probably have amounted to the same.

Murdoch and Tidser should be offered deals. None of the others take us beyond our level this season.
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 12:48 PM

Kilday is a fine centre half for this level. Not sure where the "winning mentality" thing has come from.
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 12:53 PM

Kilday is a fine centre half for this level. Not sure where the "winning mentality" thing has come from.


Kilday, O'Ware, and Lamie are all fine. I think the question is whether there is something lacking in them which requires something else at the back. I also wouldn't say that it's a winning mentality that's missing, but whatever it is I'd say that Gunning had it.
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 12:56 PM

Kilday is a fine centre half for this level. Not sure where the "winning mentality" thing has come from.


Telling the papers about how nervous you are about having to play first team football isn't a winning mentality. He should have been stripped of the captaincy there and then.

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 01:04 PM

Kilday, O'Ware, and Lamie are all fine. I think the question is whether there is something lacking in them which requires something else at the back. I also wouldn't say that it's a winning mentality that's missing, but whatever it is I'd say that Gunning had it.


Winning mentality/ leadership. In O'Wares case I think he needs someone to talk him through a game because he was a much better player with Gunning commanding the back line.
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 01:06 PM

If we want to push on we need to improve on the likes of Kilday being a starter, albeit he's done well. But he can be a bit of a panic merchant at times.

Also with regards to Kudus. We need to improve on him aswell. Adding a goal scorer to Oliver, Thomson and Jai is important.

Proper wingers is also a must over the summer. And someone who can do a bit of dirty work in the middle of the park as there has been times this season we've needed a bit. Really hope we push on next season and the manager is backed. But even though Duffys pulled off his good signings, he's had his share of pointless ones too.
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 01:10 PM

I'd keep Doyle and McDonagh in addition to those listed already. Doyle is a 7/10 most games and is clearly a good influence in the dressing room and you can't ignore squad morale as one of the reasons this team has reached a semi final and got in to the playoffs. Mcdonagh is a confidence player and has a bit of a screw loose, but on his day he is a good option to have at right back and up front, which at our level having someone who can play in multiple positions can be valuable over the course of a season.

 

Doyle has been one of our worst players in the past run of s***e games, and also the s***e run at the start of the season. Saying he is a 7/10 every game is extremely generous. He had a couple of good months after ousting McDonagh and has been average at best the rest of the time.


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 01:14 PM

Kilday, O'Ware, and Lamie are all fine. I think the question is whether there is something lacking in them which requires something else at the back. I also wouldn't say that it's a winning mentality that's missing, but whatever it is I'd say that Gunning had it.

 

Lamie's problem is his passing is awful. Even his long punts up the pitch are awful and just puts more pressure on the team. Defensively he is a solid enough player. Good backup, but I'd want another centre-back in if O'Ware does end up getting sold.


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