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General Discussion / Re: u21/RESSIES
« on: June 11, 2021, 05:19:59 PM »
Iím sorry for appearing to be thick, but how goes a lad plying his trade in the academy make the overnight leap to Non League Step one.  Surely if the gap between the Reserves to the first time is massive ( it is). Then does the same not apply to gap between the academy and the first team or am I missing something ?

It seems a lot of clubs work with an U23ís as a bridge between the two.  Are Lynn looking to follow this MO ?

I don't think anyone is suggesting players will be able to bridge that gap overnight, I assume that if a lad shows enough about them that the club could sign them for an additional year after the academy and then loan them out to (say) a step 3 to gain more experience and then take a view on them twelve months down the line.  I guess this would only be a maximum of a couple of lads per year and would have the benefit to the player of playing at a higher level than if they were to stay and play in the reserves @ step 6 and the club would only be investing in those that it thought had the potential to develop with the club longer term.  I think an u23s would be an expensive option for a step 1/2 club, fine for Norwich as they are starting with players 'more likely to turn pro' but even they tend to loan out players as part of their development.

General Discussion / Re: u21/RESSIES
« on: June 09, 2021, 05:21:40 PM »
Seems a reasonable decision based on the modern football landscape, if anything it is probably a year or two too late - very few of our counterparts at NLN had reserve sides, not even the full time outfits.  As others have said the gap it too wide between step 6 and step 1/2 and far better for a promising academy player to go out on loan to step 3 for a season than play a year at step 6 with the (slim) possibility of getting the odd game on the bench.  Thus if the reserves aren't in a position to provide a viable stepping stone for players then you can reasonably ask what is the point of running them?

General Discussion / Re: Retained and Departed Players
« on: June 04, 2021, 04:08:03 PM »
Will get on my soapbox again - why oh why were this many offered multi year deals?  Basically 8 defenders on contract already for next season and it was hardly an area of strength last year but the club are now reliant on players leaving 'by mutual consent' (as may apply to Smith and McAuley) or potentially loaning players out to free up budget / squad gaps.

Also don't understand the signing of Gyasi?  Basically he had almost half a season to 'make his case' and I didn't see anything that looked like he could be part of a competitive NL side, sorry if that sounds harsh but think how many times pre-furlough IC talked about 'men and boys' and Gyasi certainly isn't the former in football terms.

General Discussion / Re: Next in ?
« on: June 02, 2021, 05:40:36 PM »
We need two I reckon, both at least 6ft 4, mobile, comfortable with the ball at their feet and with at least 3 years experience at NL or above. Then with Kyle and Tai we are sorted (Barrows as utility back up)

Can't see we have the budget for 2 new centre halves plus McFadden, Fleming and Barrows.  Last year IC went with a much bigger squad than in previous seasons, possibly due to the COVID compressed fixture list, and we ended spreading the budget with lots spent on players that didn't even make the bench most weeks.  I think we have to be smarter this season going back to that smaller core squad model and then make better use of the loan market if injuries arise.

For me, I would be happy with one additional experienced centerback (the lad from Ipswich might be out of our reach but something similar) and then maybe a loanee.  If Fleming is retained then we really ought to be looking to loan him out to get game time as I would be surprised (disappointed) if he was part of the matchday squad come August.

General Discussion / Fans
« on: June 01, 2021, 02:05:17 PM »
Thankfully the 2020-21 season has now history and we can all now look forward and whilst we still can't say for certain what capacities, regulations etc will be in place for 2021-22, the chances are it will look more like pre-pandemic football as we knew it.

Whilst the pandemic seems to have galvanised some fanbases, that doesn't appear to be the case at the Walks, streaming numbers were low (even before furloughing the bulk of the squad), the FotL seem to have hibernated and the B&G Trust paid over the GDF funds but have still been pretty quiet (albeit they did at least publish their accounts in lieu of a full AGM).  Hopefully with restrictions easing both supporter organisations will hold their delayed AGMs well before the start of the new season and either individually or collectively come forward with ideas as to how the fans can be more engaged with the club and give a route for those fans that are willing to help support the club financially.

General Discussion / Re: goalkeeper
« on: June 01, 2021, 01:27:59 PM »
Just the sort of signing that many of us were looking for and (hopefully) a recognition that mistakes were made with last years recruitment but we have learned those lessons. 

NL, much as an experienced keeper was top of the list, we have to be realistic about budget and availability which I think might be accepting that whilst we do need 'some' experience, the bulk of the squad may be made up of players who have recently been released from EFL u23s and/or loanees who will be in that u23 bracket.

General Discussion / Re: Barrows
« on: May 27, 2021, 10:35:05 PM »
Certainly a better centre half than full back and think he could be an option if we go with a back 3 for 2021-22 but not convinced a McFadden/Barrows pairing would give us enough aerial capability either in open play or particularly at set pieces.

General Discussion / Gash & Jarvis leaving at end of season
« on: May 27, 2021, 02:17:46 PM »
Gash and Jarvis can't commit to Lynn next season

Would just like to thank them both, some of the football that has been played during their time is probably the best ever witnessed at the Walks and both lads have more than played their part in the club's rise to the NL but squads change over time and neither is getting any younger.  Best of luck to them both, wherever they end up next year

General Discussion / Re: Squad for next season
« on: May 27, 2021, 02:09:20 PM »
Norwich have released a few u23s and sure there are some in the list worth a look (some have already been on loan in non-league)

Still struggling with the idea that we already have 11 on contract for next season which has to limit our options when it comes to signing 'potential' as it is clear we need to bring in a few more 'automatic starters' of NL standard.  I suppose the question (hope) is that some of the more experienced players currently on contract will look elsewhere if they see their opportunities being limited as we strengthen for next year.

General Discussion / Re: Chicken Run
« on: May 26, 2021, 05:12:29 PM »
Club has published an 'open letter' on Twitter which basically confirms what is in the article

General Discussion / Re: Chicken Run
« on: May 26, 2021, 05:03:53 PM »
No real surprise for those of us who were there last night although I guess there will be those who will try to defend the supporters involved.  There might be an argument that the stewards could have been a bit more proactive although they did appear to try and engage with the fans but given that virtually nobody moved this was always the likely outcome, as Jamie is quoted in the article, the issue is less around Saturdays game and more looking towards next season when a lower capacity is likely to have more of an impact.

General Discussion / Re: Tuesday v Solihull
« on: May 26, 2021, 01:59:56 PM »
Good effort shown by all the lads, not sure what IC sees in Gyasi or Kiwomya and, for me, I would prefer to have seen Alfie Payne in the lineup to encourage us to play a bit more football, thought we looked far more dangerous with the ball on the deck as their giant centre halves looked comfortably when we went long but maybe IC still doesn't trust the pitch / this group of players not to 'overplay' and get caught?

General Discussion / Re: Chicken Run
« on: May 26, 2021, 01:54:58 PM »
Aside from the 'chicken run' comments, I assume the announcer was having someone from the Safety Advisory Group bending his ear about distancing, masks etc so lets hope that this doesn't come back to bite the club at a later date with a reduction in capacity if we are still operating under some sort of restrictions next season.

General Discussion / Re: New signing
« on: May 26, 2021, 01:47:03 PM »
Be interesting to see retained list as I thought  on streaming last night it said we had 11 players on contract.

Being at the game I missed that, without sounding like a broken record that really does show the dangers of giving extended (more than one year) contracts, carrying eleven of the current squad into next year would massively restrict the management's ability to make the necessary changes to the squad.  GS, were any names mentioned?

General Discussion / Re: New signing
« on: May 26, 2021, 01:38:48 PM »
Like KES, I assumed Coleman was coming in to fill the 'Jarvis role', but good to see we are bringing in new faces. 

Understand the desire to keep players who have done well on the pitch involved with the club (there was a similar comment about King if he can't play next year) but we have to accept that there isn't a bottomless pit of money to pay support staff, although in Ryan's case I think he is the one I would most want to keep around.  I think it might be a situation where we keep either Jarvis or Gash, neither are likely to be in the starting 11 if we are going to push on next season but would provide some continuity and a 'known quantity' for IC. 

One, partially related question, does anyone know if Bastock has managerial aspirations of his own ie would there be an 'assistant' spot available at some point in the future or do IC & PB come as a pair?

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