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The Argus: Jake Forster-Caskey Jake Forster-Caskey

Jake Forster-Caskey has backed Albion’s young stars to build on a season of “over-achievement”.

But he admits they will need the help of senior men and new signings to improve on sixth place.

Foster-Caskey and his colleagues take on Partick Thistle in Spain today (6pm BST) in their second pre-season friendly of the summer.

The England under-21 midfielder reckoned Oscar Garcia’s side, including several youngsters, over-achieved in reaching the Championship play-offs last term.

He has also highlighted the efforts of seniors including Leo Ulloa, for whom Albion turned down a bid from Leicester worth in excess of £6million this week.

Foster-Caskey said: “We’ve got really good, experienced players here. Playing with players like Bruno, Calde (Inigo Calderon) and Ulloa will only make you better.

“Hopefully we attract more players here and become a better squad this year and see what we can do.

“For a lot of us it was our first proper season in the Championship and we got in the play-offs “There were a lot of sides with a lot more experience and they didn’t make the top six.

“Maybe it ended a bit badly against Derby but it was probably an over-achievement to get there.

“This year we have got that experience under our belt and hopefully we can push a bit further.”

Irish international left-back Stephen Ward remains a likely target after being left out of Wolves’ opening friendly at Cheltenham last night and the prep-season trip to Ireland, which starts tomorrow.

Ward and his agent have been told he must take a pay cut if he is to return to the Seagulls on a more permanent deal.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett confirmed his club had received no offer for the left-back, who started on loan at the Amex last term.

Ward has been told the onus is on him to reach agreement with a new club first.

Should he manage that with Albion, a transfer fee expected to be about £100,000 should not be a sticking point.

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5:35am Sat 12 Jul 14

albionbloke says...

I should think it shouldn't. A fee of £100,00 for a guy with his credentials is a steal. Now if we can just get the wages part sorted. Hope you're trying to pull deal together Albion, you know how good he is and what he means to this team.
I should think it shouldn't. A fee of £100,00 for a guy with his credentials is a steal. Now if we can just get the wages part sorted. Hope you're trying to pull deal together Albion, you know how good he is and what he means to this team. albionbloke
  • Score: 6

5:59am Sat 12 Jul 14

VegasSeagull says...

Good honest assesment by JFC.

Time for Ward to wake up and smell the coffee, he has a place on offer tday, he might not have one this time next week.
Good honest assesment by JFC. Time for Ward to wake up and smell the coffee, he has a place on offer tday, he might not have one this time next week. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 7

7:19am Sat 12 Jul 14

AlfieT says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Good honest assesment by JFC.

Time for Ward to wake up and smell the coffee, he has a place on offer tday, he might not have one this time next week.
Exactly, four weeks until the Wednesday game, Ward is decent but no world beater. Would obviously like him on board, good experienced player for Chicksen and Maksi to learn from.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Good honest assesment by JFC. Time for Ward to wake up and smell the coffee, he has a place on offer tday, he might not have one this time next week.[/p][/quote]Exactly, four weeks until the Wednesday game, Ward is decent but no world beater. Would obviously like him on board, good experienced player for Chicksen and Maksi to learn from. AlfieT
  • Score: 12

8:11am Sat 12 Jul 14

To baldly go says...

Ward only came here because of Chicksens ankle injury, if that hadn't happened we wouldn't even have seen Ward. Chicksen is 23 this year and was playing regular football for Mk Dons and won't be happy sitting on the side lines for another season, same goes for Maksi, also 23 and plays at international level, only for Latvia admittedly but these 2 young players could be with us for the next 10 yrs.
Ward is a good player, yes, but with the LB position covered, the money for Wards wages could be used to go towards paying for that midfield playmaker or striker that we need, or cover for the centre backs that we DONT have!
Ward only came here because of Chicksens ankle injury, if that hadn't happened we wouldn't even have seen Ward. Chicksen is 23 this year and was playing regular football for Mk Dons and won't be happy sitting on the side lines for another season, same goes for Maksi, also 23 and plays at international level, only for Latvia admittedly but these 2 young players could be with us for the next 10 yrs. Ward is a good player, yes, but with the LB position covered, the money for Wards wages could be used to go towards paying for that midfield playmaker or striker that we need, or cover for the centre backs that we DONT have! To baldly go
  • Score: 24

8:16am Sat 12 Jul 14

AlanDuffy says...

To baldly go wrote:
Ward only came here because of Chicksens ankle injury, if that hadn't happened we wouldn't even have seen Ward. Chicksen is 23 this year and was playing regular football for Mk Dons and won't be happy sitting on the side lines for another season, same goes for Maksi, also 23 and plays at international level, only for Latvia admittedly but these 2 young players could be with us for the next 10 yrs.
Ward is a good player, yes, but with the LB position covered, the money for Wards wages could be used to go towards paying for that midfield playmaker or striker that we need, or cover for the centre backs that we DONT have!
.......or a keeper?
[quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: Ward only came here because of Chicksens ankle injury, if that hadn't happened we wouldn't even have seen Ward. Chicksen is 23 this year and was playing regular football for Mk Dons and won't be happy sitting on the side lines for another season, same goes for Maksi, also 23 and plays at international level, only for Latvia admittedly but these 2 young players could be with us for the next 10 yrs. Ward is a good player, yes, but with the LB position covered, the money for Wards wages could be used to go towards paying for that midfield playmaker or striker that we need, or cover for the centre backs that we DONT have![/p][/quote].......or a keeper? AlanDuffy
  • Score: 12

8:29am Sat 12 Jul 14

To baldly go says...

AlanDuffy wrote:
To baldly go wrote:
Ward only came here because of Chicksens ankle injury, if that hadn't happened we wouldn't even have seen Ward. Chicksen is 23 this year and was playing regular football for Mk Dons and won't be happy sitting on the side lines for another season, same goes for Maksi, also 23 and plays at international level, only for Latvia admittedly but these 2 young players could be with us for the next 10 yrs.
Ward is a good player, yes, but with the LB position covered, the money for Wards wages could be used to go towards paying for that midfield playmaker or striker that we need, or cover for the centre backs that we DONT have!
.......or a keeper?
Exactly AD, I'm not arguing about Wards skill or how he performed for us, but with 2 players already on the books at LB and a young trialist in Spain, there are more important positions that need filling imo.
[quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: Ward only came here because of Chicksens ankle injury, if that hadn't happened we wouldn't even have seen Ward. Chicksen is 23 this year and was playing regular football for Mk Dons and won't be happy sitting on the side lines for another season, same goes for Maksi, also 23 and plays at international level, only for Latvia admittedly but these 2 young players could be with us for the next 10 yrs. Ward is a good player, yes, but with the LB position covered, the money for Wards wages could be used to go towards paying for that midfield playmaker or striker that we need, or cover for the centre backs that we DONT have![/p][/quote].......or a keeper?[/p][/quote]Exactly AD, I'm not arguing about Wards skill or how he performed for us, but with 2 players already on the books at LB and a young trialist in Spain, there are more important positions that need filling imo. To baldly go
  • Score: 13

8:51am Sat 12 Jul 14

daughter-of-manag says...

To baldly go wrote:
Ward only came here because of Chicksens ankle injury, if that hadn't happened we wouldn't even have seen Ward. Chicksen is 23 this year and was playing regular football for Mk Dons and won't be happy sitting on the side lines for another season, same goes for Maksi, also 23 and plays at international level, only for Latvia admittedly but these 2 young players could be with us for the next 10 yrs.
Ward is a good player, yes, but with the LB position covered, the money for Wards wages could be used to go towards paying for that midfield playmaker or striker that we need, or cover for the centre backs that we DONT have!
Totally agree with you TBG - Ward was solid last season, but Chicksen looked promising, and I would prefer the dosh spent on GK, CB, and a play-maker. I'm getting a bit tired of the Hunt story - he either signs (with a pay cut and guaranteed 1st team footie) or we move on.
[quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: Ward only came here because of Chicksens ankle injury, if that hadn't happened we wouldn't even have seen Ward. Chicksen is 23 this year and was playing regular football for Mk Dons and won't be happy sitting on the side lines for another season, same goes for Maksi, also 23 and plays at international level, only for Latvia admittedly but these 2 young players could be with us for the next 10 yrs. Ward is a good player, yes, but with the LB position covered, the money for Wards wages could be used to go towards paying for that midfield playmaker or striker that we need, or cover for the centre backs that we DONT have![/p][/quote]Totally agree with you TBG - Ward was solid last season, but Chicksen looked promising, and I would prefer the dosh spent on GK, CB, and a play-maker. I'm getting a bit tired of the Hunt story - he either signs (with a pay cut and guaranteed 1st team footie) or we move on. daughter-of-manag
  • Score: 3

10:51am Sat 12 Jul 14

dave from bexill says...

To baldly go wrote:
Ward only came here because of Chicksens ankle injury, if that hadn't happened we wouldn't even have seen Ward. Chicksen is 23 this year and was playing regular football for Mk Dons and won't be happy sitting on the side lines for another season, same goes for Maksi, also 23 and plays at international level, only for Latvia admittedly but these 2 young players could be with us for the next 10 yrs.
Ward is a good player, yes, but with the LB position covered, the money for Wards wages could be used to go towards paying for that midfield playmaker or striker that we need, or cover for the centre backs that we DONT have!
When you put it like that it makes very good sense. Only friendlies and training, but it will be interesting to see if Sami is impressed with one or both players and feels therefore he can prioritise other positions. We should find out over the next few weeks I guess.
[quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: Ward only came here because of Chicksens ankle injury, if that hadn't happened we wouldn't even have seen Ward. Chicksen is 23 this year and was playing regular football for Mk Dons and won't be happy sitting on the side lines for another season, same goes for Maksi, also 23 and plays at international level, only for Latvia admittedly but these 2 young players could be with us for the next 10 yrs. Ward is a good player, yes, but with the LB position covered, the money for Wards wages could be used to go towards paying for that midfield playmaker or striker that we need, or cover for the centre backs that we DONT have![/p][/quote]When you put it like that it makes very good sense. Only friendlies and training, but it will be interesting to see if Sami is impressed with one or both players and feels therefore he can prioritise other positions. We should find out over the next few weeks I guess. dave from bexill
  • Score: 1

2:01pm Sat 12 Jul 14

VegasSeagull says...

To baldly go wrote:
Ward only came here because of Chicksens ankle injury, if that hadn't happened we wouldn't even have seen Ward. Chicksen is 23 this year and was playing regular football for Mk Dons and won't be happy sitting on the side lines for another season, same goes for Maksi, also 23 and plays at international level, only for Latvia admittedly but these 2 young players could be with us for the next 10 yrs.
Ward is a good player, yes, but with the LB position covered, the money for Wards wages could be used to go towards paying for that midfield playmaker or striker that we need, or cover for the centre backs that we DONT have!
I think you could be on to something TBG, Ward did have a good season with us but as you say, had not Chicksen been injured.....

The club clearly has a figure that they are willing to pay and are sticking to it, I guess that goes to show a level of confidence in Chicksen. If the club didn't think Chicksen was up to the task they wouldn't be quibbling over 3K a week extra for Ward. I am going to remove a new left back from my wish list, I am now, ok if it happens, not worried if it doesn't.

Goal keeper, two center backs and a striker, needed, IMHO, in the order I have them listed.
I would not be surprised if a new keeper either came on loan from the prem, or was bought /borrowed from abroad. Any decent keeper from the lower divisions that we might have signed has probably already been snapped up.

Two center backs needed for sure, I am wondering if Hyypia will look for two starting CB's, or one starter and one back up. Assuming that Greer keeps his place, will Dunk be his partner at the back, or will he continue in a back up role.

A new striker seems a must even if Leo stays, surely we must have three options up front, Shamir hopefuly will show enough in pre-season training to suggest that he can be the fourth in a cover role.

With Crofts regaining his fitness I really would like to see Lingard come back for the whole season, these two togther could be deadly from mid-field, and Lingard's pace would compliment that of CMS too.
[quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: Ward only came here because of Chicksens ankle injury, if that hadn't happened we wouldn't even have seen Ward. Chicksen is 23 this year and was playing regular football for Mk Dons and won't be happy sitting on the side lines for another season, same goes for Maksi, also 23 and plays at international level, only for Latvia admittedly but these 2 young players could be with us for the next 10 yrs. Ward is a good player, yes, but with the LB position covered, the money for Wards wages could be used to go towards paying for that midfield playmaker or striker that we need, or cover for the centre backs that we DONT have![/p][/quote]I think you could be on to something TBG, Ward did have a good season with us but as you say, had not Chicksen been injured..... The club clearly has a figure that they are willing to pay and are sticking to it, I guess that goes to show a level of confidence in Chicksen. If the club didn't think Chicksen was up to the task they wouldn't be quibbling over 3K a week extra for Ward. I am going to remove a new left back from my wish list, I am now, ok if it happens, not worried if it doesn't. Goal keeper, two center backs and a striker, needed, IMHO, in the order I have them listed. I would not be surprised if a new keeper either came on loan from the prem, or was bought /borrowed from abroad. Any decent keeper from the lower divisions that we might have signed has probably already been snapped up. Two center backs needed for sure, I am wondering if Hyypia will look for two starting CB's, or one starter and one back up. Assuming that Greer keeps his place, will Dunk be his partner at the back, or will he continue in a back up role. A new striker seems a must even if Leo stays, surely we must have three options up front, Shamir hopefuly will show enough in pre-season training to suggest that he can be the fourth in a cover role. With Crofts regaining his fitness I really would like to see Lingard come back for the whole season, these two togther could be deadly from mid-field, and Lingard's pace would compliment that of CMS too. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 3

2:14pm Sat 12 Jul 14

pte says...

It looks like BHA aren't that fussed at signing Ward as they won't budge on wages. They won't be too impressed by him not signing in time for the trip to Spain so they will lose interest altogether and he can have no complaints at that.

With hindsight the club were correct in not going over 10k as no one else has come in either

If Chicksen shows enough in preseason to wear the shirt then Ward will sit out his contract
It looks like BHA aren't that fussed at signing Ward as they won't budge on wages. They won't be too impressed by him not signing in time for the trip to Spain so they will lose interest altogether and he can have no complaints at that. With hindsight the club were correct in not going over 10k as no one else has come in either If Chicksen shows enough in preseason to wear the shirt then Ward will sit out his contract pte
  • Score: 5

4:00pm Sat 12 Jul 14

To baldly go says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
To baldly go wrote:
Ward only came here because of Chicksens ankle injury, if that hadn't happened we wouldn't even have seen Ward. Chicksen is 23 this year and was playing regular football for Mk Dons and won't be happy sitting on the side lines for another season, same goes for Maksi, also 23 and plays at international level, only for Latvia admittedly but these 2 young players could be with us for the next 10 yrs.
Ward is a good player, yes, but with the LB position covered, the money for Wards wages could be used to go towards paying for that midfield playmaker or striker that we need, or cover for the centre backs that we DONT have!
I think you could be on to something TBG, Ward did have a good season with us but as you say, had not Chicksen been injured.....

The club clearly has a figure that they are willing to pay and are sticking to it, I guess that goes to show a level of confidence in Chicksen. If the club didn't think Chicksen was up to the task they wouldn't be quibbling over 3K a week extra for Ward. I am going to remove a new left back from my wish list, I am now, ok if it happens, not worried if it doesn't.

Goal keeper, two center backs and a striker, needed, IMHO, in the order I have them listed.
I would not be surprised if a new keeper either came on loan from the prem, or was bought /borrowed from abroad. Any decent keeper from the lower divisions that we might have signed has probably already been snapped up.

Two center backs needed for sure, I am wondering if Hyypia will look for two starting CB's, or one starter and one back up. Assuming that Greer keeps his place, will Dunk be his partner at the back, or will he continue in a back up role.

A new striker seems a must even if Leo stays, surely we must have three options up front, Shamir hopefuly will show enough in pre-season training to suggest that he can be the fourth in a cover role.

With Crofts regaining his fitness I really would like to see Lingard come back for the whole season, these two togther could be deadly from mid-field, and Lingard's pace would compliment that of CMS too.
Afternoon Vegas, looking at the players that have been here over the last couple of seasons on loan or one year deals, when they leave we are left clutching at straws, will he come back on loan, can we afford his wages, or they played well and got pinched by those with more funds available! With Bridge and Upson being the two that stick out the most. For me it is time to bring players in that will be with us for the next 3yrs or so, players that will mature together and push us to the prem.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: Ward only came here because of Chicksens ankle injury, if that hadn't happened we wouldn't even have seen Ward. Chicksen is 23 this year and was playing regular football for Mk Dons and won't be happy sitting on the side lines for another season, same goes for Maksi, also 23 and plays at international level, only for Latvia admittedly but these 2 young players could be with us for the next 10 yrs. Ward is a good player, yes, but with the LB position covered, the money for Wards wages could be used to go towards paying for that midfield playmaker or striker that we need, or cover for the centre backs that we DONT have![/p][/quote]I think you could be on to something TBG, Ward did have a good season with us but as you say, had not Chicksen been injured..... The club clearly has a figure that they are willing to pay and are sticking to it, I guess that goes to show a level of confidence in Chicksen. If the club didn't think Chicksen was up to the task they wouldn't be quibbling over 3K a week extra for Ward. I am going to remove a new left back from my wish list, I am now, ok if it happens, not worried if it doesn't. Goal keeper, two center backs and a striker, needed, IMHO, in the order I have them listed. I would not be surprised if a new keeper either came on loan from the prem, or was bought /borrowed from abroad. Any decent keeper from the lower divisions that we might have signed has probably already been snapped up. Two center backs needed for sure, I am wondering if Hyypia will look for two starting CB's, or one starter and one back up. Assuming that Greer keeps his place, will Dunk be his partner at the back, or will he continue in a back up role. A new striker seems a must even if Leo stays, surely we must have three options up front, Shamir hopefuly will show enough in pre-season training to suggest that he can be the fourth in a cover role. With Crofts regaining his fitness I really would like to see Lingard come back for the whole season, these two togther could be deadly from mid-field, and Lingard's pace would compliment that of CMS too.[/p][/quote]Afternoon Vegas, looking at the players that have been here over the last couple of seasons on loan or one year deals, when they leave we are left clutching at straws, will he come back on loan, can we afford his wages, or they played well and got pinched by those with more funds available! With Bridge and Upson being the two that stick out the most. For me it is time to bring players in that will be with us for the next 3yrs or so, players that will mature together and push us to the prem. To baldly go
  • Score: 4

4:38pm Sat 12 Jul 14

VegasSeagull says...

To baldly go wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
To baldly go wrote:
Ward only came here because of Chicksens ankle injury, if that hadn't happened we wouldn't even have seen Ward. Chicksen is 23 this year and was playing regular football for Mk Dons and won't be happy sitting on the side lines for another season, same goes for Maksi, also 23 and plays at international level, only for Latvia admittedly but these 2 young players could be with us for the next 10 yrs.
Ward is a good player, yes, but with the LB position covered, the money for Wards wages could be used to go towards paying for that midfield playmaker or striker that we need, or cover for the centre backs that we DONT have!
I think you could be on to something TBG, Ward did have a good season with us but as you say, had not Chicksen been injured.....

The club clearly has a figure that they are willing to pay and are sticking to it, I guess that goes to show a level of confidence in Chicksen. If the club didn't think Chicksen was up to the task they wouldn't be quibbling over 3K a week extra for Ward. I am going to remove a new left back from my wish list, I am now, ok if it happens, not worried if it doesn't.

Goal keeper, two center backs and a striker, needed, IMHO, in the order I have them listed.
I would not be surprised if a new keeper either came on loan from the prem, or was bought /borrowed from abroad. Any decent keeper from the lower divisions that we might have signed has probably already been snapped up.

Two center backs needed for sure, I am wondering if Hyypia will look for two starting CB's, or one starter and one back up. Assuming that Greer keeps his place, will Dunk be his partner at the back, or will he continue in a back up role.

A new striker seems a must even if Leo stays, surely we must have three options up front, Shamir hopefuly will show enough in pre-season training to suggest that he can be the fourth in a cover role.

With Crofts regaining his fitness I really would like to see Lingard come back for the whole season, these two togther could be deadly from mid-field, and Lingard's pace would compliment that of CMS too.
Afternoon Vegas, looking at the players that have been here over the last couple of seasons on loan or one year deals, when they leave we are left clutching at straws, will he come back on loan, can we afford his wages, or they played well and got pinched by those with more funds available! With Bridge and Upson being the two that stick out the most. For me it is time to bring players in that will be with us for the next 3yrs or so, players that will mature together and push us to the prem.
I completely agree, reducng the avaergae age of the squad was something I banged on about as our last season was inding down.
When looking at our need for two center backs, it could be that we go for one with a good deal of experience and the other less so, Greer plus one, Dunk plus one, with Dunk and another pushing the older guys.
If Chicksen and Maksi do take over the left back spot, next season we will have to sort out the right back situation, both Buno and Calde will have served their purpose. Finding a couple of younger RB's now and putting them in the DS would be good.

I still have this gut feeling that our loanees this season are going to be a bit special, players of a quality that Hyypia will be able to slot them in easily, and that they will already be used to Hyypia's style of play. From what Sami has said I don't think his style will be special, just different to what we have seen for the last couple of years.
[quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: Ward only came here because of Chicksens ankle injury, if that hadn't happened we wouldn't even have seen Ward. Chicksen is 23 this year and was playing regular football for Mk Dons and won't be happy sitting on the side lines for another season, same goes for Maksi, also 23 and plays at international level, only for Latvia admittedly but these 2 young players could be with us for the next 10 yrs. Ward is a good player, yes, but with the LB position covered, the money for Wards wages could be used to go towards paying for that midfield playmaker or striker that we need, or cover for the centre backs that we DONT have![/p][/quote]I think you could be on to something TBG, Ward did have a good season with us but as you say, had not Chicksen been injured..... The club clearly has a figure that they are willing to pay and are sticking to it, I guess that goes to show a level of confidence in Chicksen. If the club didn't think Chicksen was up to the task they wouldn't be quibbling over 3K a week extra for Ward. I am going to remove a new left back from my wish list, I am now, ok if it happens, not worried if it doesn't. Goal keeper, two center backs and a striker, needed, IMHO, in the order I have them listed. I would not be surprised if a new keeper either came on loan from the prem, or was bought /borrowed from abroad. Any decent keeper from the lower divisions that we might have signed has probably already been snapped up. Two center backs needed for sure, I am wondering if Hyypia will look for two starting CB's, or one starter and one back up. Assuming that Greer keeps his place, will Dunk be his partner at the back, or will he continue in a back up role. A new striker seems a must even if Leo stays, surely we must have three options up front, Shamir hopefuly will show enough in pre-season training to suggest that he can be the fourth in a cover role. With Crofts regaining his fitness I really would like to see Lingard come back for the whole season, these two togther could be deadly from mid-field, and Lingard's pace would compliment that of CMS too.[/p][/quote]Afternoon Vegas, looking at the players that have been here over the last couple of seasons on loan or one year deals, when they leave we are left clutching at straws, will he come back on loan, can we afford his wages, or they played well and got pinched by those with more funds available! With Bridge and Upson being the two that stick out the most. For me it is time to bring players in that will be with us for the next 3yrs or so, players that will mature together and push us to the prem.[/p][/quote]I completely agree, reducng the avaergae age of the squad was something I banged on about as our last season was inding down. When looking at our need for two center backs, it could be that we go for one with a good deal of experience and the other less so, Greer plus one, Dunk plus one, with Dunk and another pushing the older guys. If Chicksen and Maksi do take over the left back spot, next season we will have to sort out the right back situation, both Buno and Calde will have served their purpose. Finding a couple of younger RB's now and putting them in the DS would be good. I still have this gut feeling that our loanees this season are going to be a bit special, players of a quality that Hyypia will be able to slot them in easily, and that they will already be used to Hyypia's style of play. From what Sami has said I don't think his style will be special, just different to what we have seen for the last couple of years. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 2

9:25am Mon 14 Jul 14

Captain Haddock says...

I think we should stick to our guns re: wage structure but try to arrange a one off figure added into his signing on fee so he gets his £13k but we don't break our maximum wage.

£100k to Wolves is also very reasonable.

Two additional points though:

1) many people are citing Chicksen and Maksi as ready made LB options already aboard but it should be pointed out that Maksi is a CB "who can also play at LB". He sounds more to me like our 4th CB - if he stays! - with the option of being an emergency option for Chicksen and A.N.Other.

I'd MUCH rather have Ward and Chicksen as principal contenders for that role i.e specialists

2) I'm sure there are other options for a LB albeit second choices. Therefore TB can, to a point, play "hard-ball" - and I believe he is - with the added bonus that we are saving the £10k p.w we'd be willing to cough up with every passing week (I make it 2 weeks = £20k saved already....that's a lot of pies and ale, chaps!). See my point?
I think we should stick to our guns re: wage structure but try to arrange a one off figure added into his signing on fee so he gets his £13k but we don't break our maximum wage. £100k to Wolves is also very reasonable. Two additional points though: 1) many people are citing Chicksen and Maksi as ready made LB options already aboard but it should be pointed out that Maksi is a CB "who can also play at LB". He sounds more to me like our 4th CB - if he stays! - with the option of being an emergency option for Chicksen and A.N.Other. I'd MUCH rather have Ward and Chicksen as principal contenders for that role i.e specialists 2) I'm sure there are other options for a LB albeit second choices. Therefore TB can, to a point, play "hard-ball" - and I believe he is - with the added bonus that we are saving the £10k p.w we'd be willing to cough up with every passing week (I make it 2 weeks = £20k saved already....that's a lot of pies and ale, chaps!). See my point? Captain Haddock
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