Aldershot have enlisted from Torquay Utd, Southend, Reading FC, Portsmouth FC, Orient, Millwall FC, Exeter City, Burton Albion and Chelsea, who will have the cream of their youth and reserve players there next year will no doubt fill Andy Scott’s remaining three loan slots. With just two strikers, albeit quality new front-men, on the books, it could be an entertaining bounce back to boot.
Thank-you for reading part of STMI’s Skrill Premier Guide by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
|Position 2012/13||24th L2 (Relegated)|
|STMI Forecast||Playoff Fringes|
When Chelsea agreed a ‘lucrative’ deal to use the Shots’ EBB Stadium, for 25 youth games over the next two seasons (including prestigious European ones as the U19’s will play in Europe), it not only helped to save the club but also ushered in the opportunity for Scott to blood blues youngsters as part of their learning curve . Funds generated from aforementioned deal with the generous London Giants will go towards helping the Shots to service their CVA which has swallowed the £250k parachute payment in one.
A consortium led by 4 former directors and assisted by an outpouring by fans finally agreed a takeover on Aug 1st allowing boss Andy Scott to rush the paperwork round to his new recruits who had been waiting patiently and faithfully in the wings. Peter Jackson did the same thing at Huddersfield and went up via the play-offs a decade ago, so the 10 point deduction may not be such a handicap given the talent coming through the door in the last 5 days. Andy is a terrific manager and began the rebuild and achieved the intial League 2 championship success that has turned Brentford into the force they are today.
England U19 defender Webster and full-back-cum-centre-half Goodman from Millwall are two fantastic loans until January. One would have expected more but Scott is clearly waiting to see what Chelsea free-bies he can get as he sticks to a strict CVA budget. Brett Williams (Reading) and Matt Paterson (Burton) will get goals in this league. The new midfield duo of Mark Molesley (Exeter) and Martin Rowland (Orient) will complement the remaining 6 middlemen, including Captain Craig Stanley, from the Football league days.
|8th Aug||Glenn Morris||Re-signed||GK|
|8th Aug||Joe Oastler||Torquay||Def|
|8th Aug||Martin Rowlands||Orient||Mid|
|8th Aug||Matt Paterson||Burton||For|
|8th Aug||Brett Williams||Reading||For|
|7th Aug||Mark Molesley||Exeter||Mid|
|18th June||Danny Hylton||Rotherham||For||Free|
|21st June||Troy Brown||Cheltenham||Def||Free|
|21st June||Ross Wormer||Wimbledon||Keeper||Free|
|29th June||Doug Bergqvist||Exeter||Def||Free|
|6th Aug||Craig Reid||Southend||For||Free|
|16th May||13 made redundant|
Having worked as an international component commodity trader for a former Shots sponsor I will always have a soft spot for the Shots, even if the Imp in me is tinged with a little jealousy, These are exciting times fuelled by that extra spring that always comes from a second lease of life. So good luck, especially at the Mariners on Saturday, it will still be be down to the ability of a quality side, on paper, being able to blend, but those three remaining loan slots could make for some fabulous football in your season of rebirth.
Shots 2013/14 Squad
21 Jamie Young, Glenn Morris,
2 Ben Herd, 3 Anthony Tonlin, 4 Aaron Morris, Adam Webster, Jake Goodman, Joe Oastler,
Martin Rowlands, Mark Molesley, 13 Oliver Risse, 17 Adam Mekki, 18 Craig Stanley, 28 Kieron Cadogan,30 Harry Cooksley, 33 Jordan Roberts,
Matt Paterson, Brett Williams