We know there’s a lot of rebuilding to do. We know we have some expensive players on our books who we really can’t afford. And we know we have some talent we want to keep.
So there’s a balancing act to do, and our retained list is just the start. Some of these players won’t be here when the the season kicks off. Others will.
The big question for me is what kind of club are we building? Are we buyers or sellers? We’re League One, which means bigger clubs – and there are many of them now -can attract our players, both those established and worth a bit more, or youths who can be lured away to the lights and the likes of Anfield Stadium.
We do have prospects. Our Academy is coming a little bit good, some of the better lads seem willing to stay, and we can afford players beyond the scope of many of our competitors. It looks like an interesting pre-season is beginning.
I’m surprised Strieyk is going, although he was never going to replace our courrent number one. I’m pleased Bali Mumba is still here, making the right noises, but where will he be come August?
Duncan Watmore? I want him to stay but is he too expensive to keep? I read somewhere he’s on a lot of money. So too Dylan McGeouch, whom I think is worth perservering with.
And what about our on-fire damp squib Will Grigg, and our our Niall Quinn replacement Charlie Wyke? I’d sell them tomorrow. But could Ethan Robson, Elliot Embleton or Benji Kimpioka step up?
Then there are our game-changers. Aiden McGeady, Chris Maguire, Glenn Loovens (well, he changed things at Portsmouth). Surely Loovens won’t stay. Surely he shouldn’t.
Here’s the full retained list.
You must have opinions of your own. Let’s hear what you think about it, and who you’d like to be on it – or off it- come August:
Players aged under 24 as of 30 June 2019 who have been retained or have a contract offer pending: