Monday, 23 June 2014

One in, one out

Back from an exhausting but thoroughly enjoyable weekend down in darkest Kent doing old fashioned camping with the family and my sister-in-law's family. Cracking weather and I now have my Summer base coat.

Pleased to learn we have signed a first-teamer in Yoni Buyens. A back-stop central midfielder and, of course, a Belgian. He come from what Wyn Grant calls the mother-ship which begs the question whether we might be closer to the top of Duchatelet's pyramid than we might think? Yet to be confirmed but it looks like a year-long loan. Bit of a pattern emerging if that proves to be correct. Buyens has been a Standard Liege regular and at 26 he appears a cut above what has arrived previously. The only downer is that he looks like the replacement for Diego Poyet whose contract expires this week and who will, presumably, announce his next move which will be onwards from the Valley. Oh how we may regret not having secured a contract extension from him earlier last season when we look back in years to come.

Michael Morrison has apparently turned down offers from Ipswich, Wigan and Rotherham, so I am hopeful he has avoided the temptation to stick two fingers up to the Board and will instead be pragmatic if he gets offered a deal that he deserves and can accept. That should give us a centre-back pairing with the inexperienced Lennon to go into the pre-season with although we another two experienced big men as an absolute minimum.

Bob Peeters has also had his back room staffing strengthened. Guy Kiala, his number two from his previous club has now joined him and he has also brought in his brother-in-law, ex KV Mechelen coach Patrick van Houdt. In addition to the existing coaching staff, we look like our bench could be bigger than the eleven on the field. 

Another six decent signings and we could be ready to start the season.

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