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The General Specific (Thursday 18th June ’09)

So will he or won’t he? The on-off-on-and-currently-off-by-the-look-of-it move for Ricky Wellard has still not been resolved. It seems like months since I first heard Wellard’s name being bandied about by the more intelligent internet commentators as a potential signing, yet we still seem to be no nearer to securing his signature. I’m sure it would be hard for Terry to take (and for the player as well, undoubtedly) if the deal were to break down now.

So what’s the current state of play? Well, Ashford manager Mark Butler was interviewed on their official website and stated although Wellard was given permission to discuss terms with Wimbledon, there was still a final ‘glitch’ that the respective chairmen needed to resolve. It seems that this could be a dealbreaker. The way the clubs are viewing the deal, Ashford want to get as much guaranteed cash for a player they have nurtured, whereas we don’t want to overpay upfront for a player, preferring a structured deal where money is handed over when his potential is realised.

cashIt’s tough for me to have an opinion either way on this saga. I don’t think I have ever seen Wellard play, so despite having faith in the ability of Terry and Stuart, I’m starting to wonder what the fuss is all about. Then I pick up tonight’s Informer where Stuart Cash is confidently predicting the deal should be wrapped up ‘early next week’. So perhaps this ‘glitch’ will be easily resolved after all.

Cash also revealed we are in negotiation to bring a ‘left-sided centre back’ plus another midfielder, both of whom experienced League Two football last season. Answers on a postcard anyone? Cash also hit back at critics who suggest the management team are sacrificing 09/10. ‘People are saying we are writing off next season but they are wrong’ said Cash (it wasn’t me sir!) ‘If we can build a young hungry side who are willing to listen and learn we reckon we’ve got half a chance. Yes you need experience but it’s not the be all and end all.’

Michael Haswell has signed for Grays next season. I’m personally delighted that he will have the opportunity to play Conference football next year, and hope he gets a great reception when he returns to Kingsmeadow with his new club. As for one of our summer targets, Matt Pattisson has joined Rushden. I’m not sure how true this is, but the jungle drums suggest he was never offered a contract by us in the first place. Therefore, no matter how talented he is, ultimately the management team think they have done better with what we have, in other words Derek Duncan.

I’m not sure how much you’ll be hearing from me over the next couple of weeks. I’ve just this moment discovered this great new sport that takes place once a year… in Wimbledon itself. Two blokes hit a ball over a net and try and get it past their opponent, winning points in the process. Women play as well, and for some reason they earn a load more money per hour than the men. presumably because they have to wear little skirts and show their pants off quite a lot. Anyway, there’s this English guy, except he’s not English he’s Scottish, but that doesn’t seem to matter because he’s really good and he’s going to win it for us this time round, for the first time since ever!

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NEW SIGNING – Derek Duncan Joins

Stewart Cash today finalised the signing of Derek Duncan, 22, who was released by Ebbsfleet at the end of last season. Derek is primarily an attacking midfielder operating down the left, but can play at left back, and after a quick web search he is also Professor of Italian Cultural Studies at the University of Bristol, so truly multi-talented (don’t write in – I know its a different Derek Duncan…). Cash has worked with the player before, as he had a spell on loan at Lewes when Stuart was there, so it seems apt Terry’s holiday meant he was the one to conclude negotiations.

derek duncanIn my strange brain there’s a thought bouncing around that maybe Stuart was told to sign a different player, but when he took the reigns temporarily for the week the power went to his head… and in the manner of a cheesy sitcom the whole thing will pan out with hilarious consequence when Terry returns. In years to come we could see the incident turned into a modern day pantomime along the lines of Jack And The Beanstalk, as Duncan fires us into the Football League…

Of course those of you having heart attacks over the average age of the squad won’t have been assured by another youngster coming in. At this rate the likes of Luke Garrard will be the old timer of the squad next year. As I have said before if you are good enough, you are old enough… or more accurately if your young enough, it doesn’t matter if your not quite good enough yet. I’m looking forward to this adventurous, youthful side coming together over the next few months, so for those of you thinking we are going to need experience to get out of this division – I say if no-one tells the player that we should be ok!

Seriously, we aren’t going to have relegation problems next year, and that’s all we should worry about this term. None of us – perhaps least of all Terry – know how good this side can be next year, but we know they are talented individuals, and with luck some of them will form the nucleus of the side that will play for us in the Football League one day.

In fact the only problem I have with the signing is we have acquired far too many players whose names are both first names – so Terry! Get out there and sign a couple of guys whose first names are Lloyd or Donovan or something…

PS… All the ladies out there (and some of the men out there) if your into this sort of thing, here’s a cheeky view of our new boy http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/article1984898.ece


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