This is my first post in a while regarding Shamrock and it works well in which one it is. Pre-season of 2015, a new start of the season to welcome myself back.
I will begin with friendlies. It went fairly well for Shamrock in the pre-season fixtures. We won most of the games and made some outstanding performances. However I was disappointed with the draw to LEMANS.
I was really happy to beat Standard Liege away 2-1.
I also decided that the pitch was in need of repair, so I gave it a little TLC.
Hopefully now we can play much better football and perhaps progress further in the CL.
Transfers now, and one of the most exciting parts of pre-season. Although for Shamrock, and other teams that begin the season in February/March, this pre-season is not the best for signing players. Most clubs release players in July/August and more players are available then. I try to do the best with what I have got. I will start with the club exits:
We released 3 players, 1 of which I wanted to stay, and let 2 leave on frees to clubs. Karl Russell and Terry McFlynn were not making the mark and were let go. Robbie Keane unfortunately left as he decided not to sign a new contract with us. Siegfried Aissi Kede left to NEC for free as he wasn’t needed anymore. Gary Twigg also left on a free to Lincoln, despite having a good first 2 seasons with us.
Those were the people that left, now onto those who came in…
I signed 4 players, 1 you should know, 1 you might know and 2 newgens. Lets start from the top!
Joe Murphy: GK
I signed Murphy from Championship Coventry for £200k. I probably paid over the odds for him but it was the only way to get him here, and I wanted a new keeper to act as cover. He fitted the bill perfectly.
Stephan Ward: LB
Most of you should know this guy. Ex-Wolves LB Ward joined us on free transfer after I decided to up my stakes for European contention. Hopefully he can help us in our quest to succeed in Europe.
Ao Jie: ST
I signed newgen Ao Jie from Chengdu for £500k. He is rated as my 2nd best striker, behind Nyuiadzi, and should do really well. His attributes are great for his age and he should become a great goal scorer for the club. Hopefully he wont be like Bai Jian, my Chinese LM who left for Napoli for £3.6m. Although we made a nice profit on him, I wanted him for the European attempt.
Here is a comparison to Bai Jian:
Again, he looks quite similar in his stats but I feel Bai Jian may be better. Hopefully Ao Jie will become a club hero.
Noel Diamonde: GK
Another newgen player who I signed for £750k. I signed the youngster for the starting GK position. He has a lot to learn but is rated my best keeper. Hopefully he can become a club legend too, although last time I signed a young GK, he went to Fulham for much less than I would have hoped for.
Here are the fixtures for March 2015, I have already played the opener against St.Pat’s, but try to ignore that. The rest are un-played.
Yeah we won 3-0 on the opening day of the season, and it was a derby match. I will bring you the post on this match and the others soon.
Thanks for reading,