To Gab All You Read. As not in Forest P usher make their first signings of the Summer, we've got some fresh names to discuss in Joze Saar, William and Ibrahim Sangeer. Joining me to discuss all that. First of all is Greg Mitchell. Greg, good afternoon. You okay?
Yeah, I'm good. Thank you. Yourself?
All right, not too bad. And second guest is Michael Temple. Temple, how are you?
Just spent the morning being a YouTube scout, Matt. So yeah, ready to go. Ask me anything.
Good. I will do. We'll come on to Sangeetha. He's the player we were talking about. But we might as well do it front to back. No, back to front even on the pitch. Start with goalkeepers. I've written down Henderson, Saar, Navas, because they're the three names in the frame. We discussed Henderson to death, but Jose Star is the fresh name amongst us. What do you think about it, Temps? He was a regular at Wolves last two seasons. Is it an interesting one for you?
I'm set on Hendo and I just wonder if they're working the way down the list. Born out of a bit of frustration with how that negotiation is going because he's tipped up for preseason at Manchester United. Having been quite clear that he wants and expects to be at Forest, doesn't see his future at Man United. But the negotiation continues. I see the Man U side, I think they've got a real asset there in a financial sense. He should be looking to command the transfer fee, which we've seen other English keepers go for. I just can't help but wonder why a Forest turning to these other choices who seem far too qualified to come in as a number too. So I hope the Henderson deal gets done. I don't foresee NAVAS or SAR coming in to sit on the bench for 40 games next year. I don't know if it's a bit of fronting trying to pressurise Man U into positive negotiation, but for me, we should be pursuing Dean Henderson. And if slightly more finance is required to get the deal done, I think we still should. I think he was excellent in the time he had with his last season.
He's got room to grow. And behind back four, back 5, that's now far more acclimatised to the level, I think we'll see even more from him that he's increasingly protected.
I do wonder if it's a bit of a negotiating strategy to give United a nudge. But Saar is a good goalie. I know Greg hates XG and all those stats, but two years ago, no other goalie outperformed expected goalie else conceded than him. So he's obviously good. Speaking to a friend who's put Wolves last season, his levels dropped significantly. And I think... I don't know if he lost his place or if he was rotated out for the last few games and they played Dan Bentley. So perhaps his time is coming to an end at Molyneux. Is it still Henderson the one for you, Greg, or do you consider Azar or Navas? Or come on to Navas?
Yeah, I definitely want Henderson first just because of his attitude last year, even when he was injured. I'd take anything Wolff fans say with a pinch of salt, though, because Gibbs White's rubbish, isn't he, according to them? I think we've got to learn from last year. And if we do get big injuries in key places, you've got to have a backup that's ready to go and ready to get you these crucial saves. So I don't see an.
Going for someone like Saar as well. I'd be amazed if we even thought about Navas and Hendo. But you could see Hendo and you don't know it's Saar. Maybe he likes the area, he likes his chances of getting in the competitive, aren't he? So I wouldn't certainly knock it at this point, especially whilst we haven't got Hendo. We're talking, he's already here and we have been since last April, but he's not as yet. So like I say, if it is a push to get my new move, I hope we do it soon because we want to see us starting 11. Not necessarily on Saturday, but coming up in these, especially these away fixtures, the preseason friendlies, we want to see a starting goalkeeper get some minutes.
And Navas tempts. We debated Navas versus Henderson to death last season, really, the last few weeks. But if, say, Henderson falls through, would Navas be your number two choice? Or do you think it's time to move on from him based on age and money or anything like that?
Such a different profile of keeper to Dean Henderson, isn't he? I think his distribution was excellent. He had some big saves and big performances for Forest, but very willing to punch, came for everything, erratic in the best possible sense. I just don't think it's a long term solution. And I think having survived the first year in the Premier League, now is the time to tie down those players to contracts, which are going to allow us to have a spine for the next 3, 4, 5 years. Dean Henderson represents that to me and Navas doesn't. He'd be a stock gap. He commands 200K plus a week because of his historic achievements. So whilst he would be a more than adequate stock gap, I just hope they're in a position now to think a bit longer term and really plump for Henderson. Let's go all out to make him our number one signing.
Afternoon to everyone who's watching, by the way. Lots of comments already, which is great. I agree. I prioritise Henderson above the others. If I couldn't get Henderson, I suppose Navas would be a good one season option. But again, I think he sounds like a Saudi Arabia signing to me, really, given the money he commands. So we'll see how that plays out. Moving on to the left backs. We'll come to Toflo, but we'll talk about Renan Loddie first. It's like watching a tennis match with Renan Loddie. He's going to Nottingham. He's going to Marseille. He's going to Ben Fika. It's just ridiculous, really. Do you just want it resolved now, Greg, either way?
Yeah, I don't mind the fact that people... There's this loyalty thing. He has only been with us for one season. You could completely understand a player of his quality wanting Champions League football. But I imagine if he's looking at the long term picture, we are... We're a place to come, you'd think. So you'd like to think he is considering us, but I'd imagine it is going to Marseille or not so much Ben Feet. But you could see Marseille being a fit for him and it'd be a real shame. But you never know down the line. I think we're certainly looking elsewhere, aren't we? So for me, it's looking less likely as the days go on.
Is he worth? I don't know what the fees... I don't think 25 million is on the table anymore, but if he was available for 15 million times and the deal could be done, that's still good value, I think, isn't it?
I think any player that's been in the level, been in the team, been in the set up and proven themselves is always a far safer bet than dragging someone else in from overseas. We talk all the time about the factors which affect an overseas signing. Leynan Loddie had a baby last year. He wasn't in the UK. He had frequent long haul flights to nick a few days with his family and he spent a long period of time on his own. I don't think it affected his performance. I think we saw his emotion at the end of last season. It was very clearly enjoyed his time. But he's at a stage now where as a Brazilian international that's played in nations all over Europe, he's a world citizen in football terms. He can go every once. The whisper is Marseille off the training camp on Monday. I want to tie it up by then. So that seems like the most likely suited for me at this point. But I think that he'd be a banker, wouldn't he? We know what to expect from Renan Loddie. He knows what to expect from us. So it will be tough to find an adequate replacement who can hit the ground running unless Oma Richard's surprises us all in a pleasant way.
Yeah, true. The situation is clouded by tough low, but you couldn't really expect Richards to start the season as first choice. Could you, Greg, or not? Is that too much of an ask for players that's missed a year's football when you don't know what you're going to get at the end of the season? You might have to.
It's a bad to say that. And also we had a hell of a lot of players who started, obviously they didn't miss a year of football, but they came straight in without knowing what Forest is about. He's been in and around the team. He's been in and around the tactics for a year. You'd imagine he'd have been kept in the loop knowing that this season was going to come. It just depends how his preseason goes. The media team are certainly concentrating on them, aren't they? And that's usually the sign that they're excited about a player and he's real. That's a good thing now. So, yeah, why not? If he's good enough, off he starts.
I do think he's good. I mean, I'd like you say, you don't play for Bion Muniq without being a good player. It's just that thing of having a long term injury, you'll come back for four or five games and you'll be amazing and then you hit a wall. And I think we've seen that a lot with players. Which leads into the top flow discussion. He's been charged with 175 alleged breaches of FA breading rules, 375, I think I might have said that wrong. During his time at Norwich City, not when he was at Forest, up until 2021. He's got until next Wednesday to reply to the charges. Forest aren't responding to it because it's an ongoing investigation. I don't think we can say too much about the charges themselves, times, until we know more. What about it from a football point of view? I mean, he probably can continue to play as Ivan Tony did. But does it put an even bigger emphasis on signing a left back now?
Yeah, I mean, the press is there for people found guilty of allegations of this type who have had lengthy bands. Ivan Tony being the best example of that. All of us that work in sport are very regularly briefed about anti corruption measures. And in cricket, it goes as far as having to sign away that we will never bet on our own sport. Those footballers in the past have been found guilty of this charge, have done so knowingly, having been through periods of education with every club that they play for and their union as well. So it's up to the FA now to prove those charges. Toffolo, I would expect to play and to train for as long as that takes. But if he is proven guilty, if anyone is proven guilty of offences of this type, with those volumes of transactions, it's going to be a lengthy ban. So be very, very prudent for us to make those signings now make sure we've got the depth now, because if he is banned outside of a transfer window, you find yourself in real trouble. So Forest will now be forced to sign at least one more left back.
Yeah, we don't know the extent. There's no other suggestion he was betting on the teams he was playing for at this stage. We don't really know all the details, so we should wait and see what happens on that front. I suppose, Greg, Niko Williams can also play left back. He's done a good job there in the past, but then that would just leave you short at right back, wouldn't it? So you probably do have to venture into the market.
Yeah, definitely. That's a key area, isn't it? Especially after the news. You wonder how long Forest have known this might be coming as well. You wonder whether it's completely out of the blue. And if his previous teams knew this was happening, God knows. But I do feel sorry for him either way because these charges relate to when he's a teenager and it's a different time then, isn't it? So it's a real shame. But if the punishment does come, we'll certainly be planning for it. And that's why I love Niko as well because Niko, he can play and he's such an attacking wing back as well. He can even cover slightly midfield. So he's the the player you want in around the squad. But signing wise, that area is an absolute priority now.
True. Let's move on to absolute priorities then. Ibrahim Sengaray, apparently, I said it wrong, at the start. I googled it quickly after someone pointed it out to me. So Abraham Sangeret, 25 year old, PSV midfielder, number 6, fit exactly what Forest wants. They were looking at him last year. He was one of their... He was really high up on their list and they couldn't get it done. And I think they ended up with Cet Koyape as the free transfer, Constellation prize. And he did a good job. But Temp, you mentioned at the start, you've done a bit of YouTube scouting. They can be very deceptive, but he does look the real deal, this player, doesn't he?
Yeah. These YouTube highlight reels don't show you them spooning the ball out of play for a throw in on their first touch, do they? I don't think the, probably still editing the highlights of his his time at Forest, for example. But yeah, the best of this fella is very impressive, very effective in breaking up play. Great anticipation, lots of clips of him intercepting mid range passes and turning defence into attack. I think what's impressive as well is his ability to find a progressive pass at pace with accuracy. So if we think about the best qualities of Ryan Yates as a disrupctor, as a harrier, as a source of possession, and we look at the best of someone like Oral Mangala, who looks to play progressively, very calm on the ball and can find the likes of Brendan Johnson and Morgan Gibs White to launch attacks. I think this player combines the best of both of those players with potentially give an opportunity to play for across the middle. Looks very, very comfortable in the Dutch League and his stats suggest that he is a standout player in terms of being effective in that role. He's on the contract for a significant period of time.
So it commands a pretty substantial fee. Plenty of chat 12 months ago of big six clubs from the Premier League trying to get him in. So I think it'd be a real coup to land someone of this stature, please, that would be linked with him. You can see immediately how we would improve the 11. But I think there's some way to go to get something of this quality across the line. Looks like a real player at an age where he could have a significant impact for a significant amount of time to come. So signing a player of that elk on a four or five year contract would be a real statement of intent. But I would expect Forest to have plenty of competition for that signing.
He was linked to Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, all those clubs. So you do have to try and hope that no one massive comes in for him. What he does do, he's that, I mentioned Pallini on here a few times, he's that Joe Pallini type player who can dominate him in field and tempt his lunch. And he can let you play different formations, three at the back, four at the back, proper 4, 3, 3, 2, 2, 2, 2 as Cooper's persisted with. See the player, Greg, that instead of signing two players for 15 million, would you rather they went out all out for this extra quality this summer, having already got volume in last summer?
Yeah, there's two or three things here. I love the fact that we've been linked with him for over a year and we wanted him last season. I think that's really showing how keen we are for him. Our scouting network goes far and wide now, so we obviously didn't think we had much of a chance. I shouldn't have the comments on because they keep putting me off, but yeah, they all seem excited about him as well. The only issue, I suppose, again, is the African Cupinations. We seem to be signing lots of players that are going to be involved with that. And it's just how long some of these players are going to be out for and what will happen for those two or three weeks where we really are going to be decimated. Do we just say it is what it is and we'll survive then, or is it just not a consideration? I'm not sure, but I can't say I've watched him play, but the excitement around him makes him a player I want us to sign, that's for sure.
I've not watched him play 90 minutes either, so you can't get too kiddy about it. I just think it's the signing that opens doors. You could play as Sangare, Yates, Mangala. You could push Danilo as a more attacking midfielder in certain games, or you could leave out Yates or Mangala. I think it opens a lot of doors. It would let Koyate go as interested in him. I saw from Saudi and places like that. Every Saudi club wants all the players at the moment, but it'd be a big bit of business. Moving on to the other name that's been introduced and more of a tacking sense is William, the former full-time player because he is a free agent now. His contract expired, they want him back. Saudi Arabia clubs are linked with him as well. And Forest have reportedly offered him a two year deal. The athletics had over 100 grand a week for two years and the evening standards so he could potentially go to Olympiacos after that. So for it's obviously putting a good package on the table. What do you think about it, Greg? I think you'll be 35. Does that bother you or not?
No, because of his quality. We do need some short term fixes as well. It's great getting these players for the next five or six years, but we've got to ensure we're in the Premier League for the next five to six years to get those developed and to keep them as ours. So with his quality, his history that he's won all those things. I think he's a great player for us and he proved it with Fulham last year. He ripped us apart when they played us. So yeah, I would love him. And I know 100 grand to us, we're still not used to it. That just sounds ridiculous. Diculous and you think, God, what's going to happen? But no signing on fee. My friend said it this morning, four or five million and then 100 grand a week. Yeah, but not having to pay that signing on fees is huge for your FFP and all that stuff. So yeah, I'm very much for it. Absolutely. I think it'd be a great sign in and a statement as well.
Yeah. I don't think he's another L ingard's Mark II because he did it.
Last season. He proved it last season.
Yeah, exactly. Yeah, he's still got it. Temps, you were saying about 100 grand a week when we were talking about Hudson, the Dory, and I'll mention him in a minute. But like Greg said, it is an eyewatering amount of money, but it's the reality of the Premier League as well, isn't it?
That's the supermarket we're shopping in now. No longer enough for the Marenakis family to have a little nip around Aldean Tesco. We're firmly in Waitrose at this moment in time. And that's what it costs. He has won the Premier League twice. He's won the Champions League. He's a hungry player. I know he's had a couple of years in Russia, but he chose to come back to the Premier League last year. He was fit and sharp. And for me, what I'd welcome is he's another threat. I think sometimes clubs may fear if they were to isolate Gibbs White or Brendan or whoever's dominant in one of our games is the scoring out there. There's not a lot else elsewhere that's going to hurt you on their own. But look at the goal he scored at Craven College against Forest, he's able just to find that half yard, absolutely stanch his shot. And for me, I don't think he looks like a player on the downturn. He stands up fullbacks, very good on the ball, takes cracking set piece as well. And I'd welcome him. I think he could well start 25 to 30 games for Forest.
The only downside to this potential deal being that Fulham City, Callum Hudson, and Doy is the ideal replacement. So I don't think you're going to see both at Forest, but it sounds like Williams is far closer to us.
Yeah, that was the Hudson's Roy question, Greg. Would you rather have a 22 year old Hudson and Doy where you have that big transfer outlay and the potential to sell him for big money in two years, all the potential leads are dead and it doesn't work out? Or would you rather have the free transfer that's 35 and realistically only probably got one or at best two more seasons at the top level in him?
That's a real tough one because the question could have been the same last year about Gibbs White and I don't know, maybe even a Lingard. It might have been a similar question last year and I'd have probably got more excited about Lingard. So it's a tough one. I think for next season we need William. I do think for next season, he would be a starter. The experience we need in a young, inexperienced squad. So it Hudson & Doy maybe isn't going anywhere. There isn't loads of paper talk about him, is there? It's either us or maybe Saudi or stay at Chelsea. So I think I would go. If it was only one, I'd love it to be both. That would be fantastic. But yeah, I think for next season we need a couple of spaces filled with experience.
Yeah, there's a few comments. Darrell mentioned in the comments here about Hudson & Doy being a free transfer. I don't understand why Chelsea would give a valuable asset away for free because someone will take him for 10 million.
Yeah, there's been some paper talk, hasn't there, that they're under such pressure with their ongoing wageable finance that certain agents have been dispatched just to get boys off the books at Chelsea. I think it's a bit of wishful thinking for a player in that age profile where there clearly are so many suitors. So I personally don't see anybody leveraging Hudson & Doy out of Chelsea without paying a fee, but they've got themselves into a real tricky position. They've invested so heavily in the last two transfer windows that their wage bill and the financing of those transfers require Champions League football, which they haven't got. They were a mid table team last season Chelsea and their squad list belies that. So there's a real FFP issue opening up there. They've played some exorbitant transfer fees and got boys on 6, 7, 8 year contracts. So plenty of fellows need to leave Chelsea in time for the season for their own career prospects. Hudson & Doy is one of them. I don't know, it just feels a little bit beyond us for me this one at this point.
P ossibly. I was just thinking Chelsea must have players who are on just insane money that they would rather really based on a free. But anyway, let's assume, Greg, that William signs. Where does this leave Scarpa and Dennis? One of them would have to go, wouldn't they? Again, to help balance our books.
Yeah, I think Dennis would be the preferred option maybe to go. I think Scarpa's still very much got a place in and around this squad. At the moment, Dennis has really, hasn't he? He could do a job, but I'd prefer if it was me to keep Scarpa than Dennis. I was wondering what other players you were going to put into that. I think there's a couple more that'd be under threat, maybe. Yeah, it's a job that luckily I don't have to decide about. But I'd certainly like to keep Scarpa above Dennis at the minute.
Yeah. I wouldn't put Brendan Johnson in that bracket. I know there's all this talk about him, and I think if Brendan goes, it would be a separate issue around money and FFP personally. This is a wider question tempt. I mentioned the WhatsApp group. Do you think either this summer or next summer, Forest are going to be at that stage of a Leicester or a Brighton where to stay within FFP, you're going to have to sell a Gibbs White, a Johnson, a Danilo, or if someone else emerges, like Leicester did with Maguire, Chilwell, Vifana, to stay within FFP and keep ideally progressing as a club. It's not what you want, but it's what might have to happen.
It'll come to that at some point. The reality of FFPA is about allowable losses, and obviously that includes funds injected by owners. So a few things have to happen. Supporters won't like some of this. You have to grow your organic commercial income. That can mean selling more seats or selling the same seats more expensively, which we've seen as a reality of the strategy that Forest are having to employ at this moment in time. That they're electing to forego front of shirt sponsorship at this point in time. That's a major source of income. We all know how strong the TV money is, but there's nothing unique there. That's something that every team in the Premier League has. So then it's about success on the field. Can you qualify for Europe? Are you going to climb a place and increase that prize money? So the only way to generate quick cash flow is through player trading. All of those other income streams can be largely forecast well in advance. So yeah, there will be times at some point in any FFP cycle where you have to sell a player registration to make quick cash. But you want to see it at the table.
So you have to front load all of this investment to get a squad together that's going to get you in the Premier League and keep you in the Premier League. I know a couple of those boys in the finance team at Forest and they'll be working hard to ensure that they're modeling this in the best possible way. So it doesn't become an issue because if Forest were to sell Brendan Johnson, for example, there'd be a worse football team for it. So really hope it doesn't come to that. But you have to have an eye on a medium term strategy in the Premier League now if you're going to keep on the right side of FFP.
True. Just dipping in the comments, Pat mentions about Romo Froyer being under threat. Yeah, I'm sure he is. I think he'd be top of the list of midfielders who'd probably be moved on. Couple of comments. Mauritio asks about the kits moving away from transfers. I put in the WhatsApp group after seeing the leek kit that everyone's seen. Have you leeked the kit? It's horrible, isn't it?
Have you leeked the kit? Is that what you were just saying?
No, it's been out everywhere. Everyone's seen it, haven't they? But anyway, I thought, like I said on here before, I'm not a kit person, but that away kit is bad. And you, Greg and Emily said, no, it's really good. So, Tams, what do you think about? Am I in the minority about this curly Argentina shirt, wavy Argentina shirt?
Look, I'm T M ary, guys. I've been speaking to the cricket guys this morning, actually. And I love the Away shirt. It's the one that I'll be buying. I think it's just that little bit different. I've heard all the comments about Brazilians and Argentina colours and all the rest of it. But yeah, I'm excited about that Away kit. I think it looks great and I'll proudly wear it on here, even if you won't.
I've got to turn the comments off. They're distracting me. Away kit is like Fox's Glacier Min comment.
It's a very subjective thing, isn't it? I mean, a year ago, we were talking about the third kit looking like the upholstery on the 58 from Nottingham to Arnold. There was a lot of division about the yellow kit, and we all came to love it. And you think how iconic of those kits become that we were promoted in? I think the yellow and red kit, the fluorescent yellow and red promotion away kit is a collector's item now. You just can't find one for less than the money. And it's three figures on eBay. So most important thing is there's a Premier League badge on the arm. And I really do like the arrangement they've now got a Valley Death.
Talking of kits, have you seen.
Think it's Kenny Burns' 1979 shirt, not the European ones. Have you seen it on eBay?
Larry Lloyd's on eBay. Larry Lloyd, sorry. Larry Lloyd.
30 grand. Larry Lloyd.
30 grand. It's been there for a while.
I'm not surprised.
Yeah, it's time in the comments, it's a nod to the Greek flag rather than Argentina. Probably true. Lots of people are not liking the home kit as much in the comments saying it's boring.
I'm going to kick in for this shirt now.
Someone is saying is, Yeah, someone's slagging off your pink shirts out. Do you want to defend your shirt or not?
No, I'll take abuse of my personal style all day. Just leave it as it is.
What do you think about the home kit, Greg? Assuming these leaks are right, which we think they are.
No, I agree. I mean, it's a red shirt, isn't it? What do people want? The only thing I don't like is the different prices between a kit and a training top when they're the same material. But now I like it. It will look good with a nice sponsor on it. I think that makes a difference. Something like last season's was fantastic, what they did, but we'll wait and see if and what the next one is. But if it's got the Forest badge on it and it's still got a couple of stars on it, I'm happy.
It's been put back till Friday night, the launch, which makes you wonder if maybe it's going to be with a signing or there's a problem with it and the forest is scrambling, but we'll see. Hopefully it's nothing to worry about. Any of the business before we go, I'll start because I was meant to launch the FPL League and I just haven't got around to it. So I will do that. I think if you're in it last year, you get auto enrolled in it again, but I'll give it lots of plugs coming up. Also, if you like this video, do subscribe. I keep forgetting to say this, and I should get some picture or banner to put over the bottom, but we get more viewers for the videos and we have subscribers. So do like and subscribe. Give us a five star review on iTunes and drop a nice comment in as well, because it helps spread the word to everyone who watches or listens or doesn't listen, obviously. Greg, anything you want to add? Anything you want to plug? Any music events?
No, nothing at the minute. I can't watch this space. But now, I had a lovely email couple of weeks ago, someone who watches the show, can't come to games anymore, lives over in Peterborough. Michael Sopper is his name. Just a nice email to read and some really nice messages for the show, for Forest, how we're getting on. Hopefully, I might be able to persuade him to get up for a game, maybe one game next season. That'd be good. Just a shout out to him.
We get random emails sometimes dropped into my inbox saying lovely stuff about the podcast, which is nice. Send those in if you want as well. Temps, anything from you this week?
I'm playing in a charity game on Sunday at Eelkist in town. Put Eleven together to take on Ben Kings 11, who's a friend of mine who works at BBC Nottingham. It's in aid of Maggies, a charity that I've done a lot for my family recently. If you can make it 11 o'clock kick off at Eelkist in town on Sunday, great. It's free entry. If you can't, small donation, even if it's a quid. Matt kindly shared the link on the Garibaldi Red Twitter account yesterday. So thanks to all of those that have supported already. It does mean a lot to me and the family.
We've also got an Instagram account @garibaldi red podcast. I'll stick it on there. I should do.
Can I just go back to tent saying he's playing, he's underselling himself there.
Isn't he? I was.
Going to say, he's exactly that. Player manager. It never works, though, does it? You never get success in player manager roles. That's maybe why he's playing it down a bit.
I'm not trying to win the Premier League. I'm just trying to get through 90 minutes without pulling two ham strings. I've got a very low expectation of what I need to achieve. But yeah, looking forward to getting stuck in.
True. Who's the last player manager who was good. Platt, he did it for Leeds.
Nobody said he was good.
Platt at Forest. I remember any others at Forest.
I thought Pace did it.
For a bit. In the 90s, yeah. When got relegated, yeah.
Yeah, there you go.
Jan Luca Vialli or Root Hulet, I think. Probably the ones, yeah. I thought I had somebody else to add, but I can't remember. Is that anything else you want to add, Chaps? Or are we all done?
I enjoyed the comments about Warrell to Juventus, Shelby to Sheffield United. I believe all this stuff. This is the problem. So next week I can't read them. You'll have to ban me from reading them.
I just think we're coming to the crunch now, aren't we? Where we want to see movement. There's been a relative period of silence compared to where we were at at this stage last year. I think we should be proud of that. We're probably being a little bit more cautious in our approach. We've got a very defined list of the type of player that we're trying to recruit. So hopefully we're going to see some movement soon because we do all get excited when we see that 30 second clip on the forest Twitter account of someone walking through the door. So I'm personally enjoying this relatively calm transfer window. I think it'll be punctuated by three or four statement signings, and I hope that includes the fellows that we discussed at the top of.
The list. True. A few people saying Glenn Hodgeel in the comments. Someone said Wayne Rooney was a successful player manager. That's a stretch. Anyway, I was padding there because it's really nagging out at me what I was going to say, and I've totally forgotten. So I'm just going to have to end it now. Thanks to everyone who's watched along and commented. Very much appreciated. Steven says he loved the David Phillips chat. It was good. Do go back and watch that one if you haven't seen it before. Very articulate and interesting character. I think he's going to come back on during the season once or twice when he's commentated, so catch that. And we'll be back on Monday with another episode. And next week, Temp, so I think you might be in the host's seat for doing this one with transfers if you're willing. Is that all right?
You're off to a neighboring Vickery ridge, aren't you?
Yeah, scouting a different parish, seeing what they've got to offer. Are you.
Going to tell us about your hedgehog?
I might put that on Instagram. I also took a photo this morning as a squirrel tapping at the window because there's a box of bird feed on the other side. I don't know if it could sense the bird feed through the other side. But yeah, hedgehog in the garden. Great to see now that I haven't cut the lawn for a long time, which is true. Lots of wildlife in the house. I'm waffling. Thanks very much.
Up a preseason.
Where our football clubs not signed anyone. Well, we lasted 35 minutes. Thanks very much, everyone. Have a good few days and we shall see you on Monday.