Transfer Window Round Up - Summer 2009
do you do when you only survive relegation to the bottom
tier on the last day of the season? Sign a complete new
team, of course.
have gone 13 players from last season and in come 12 new
faces in the biggest rebuilding job the club have seen since
the first season at Withdean when Micky Adams did a similar
it's not just the deadwood who have been cleared out with
Russell Slade also getting rid of a couple of players who
played vital roles in the Great Escape of last season.
also splashed the cash courtesy of new chairman Tony Bloom,
not least on a new marquee forward in the shape of Liam
Dickinson. When you spend money like that, then battling at
the top is the requirement as opposed to the trials and
tribulations of 2008-2009.
Prepare yourself - it is a long list:
Doug Loft - Port Vale
Finally got a run in the side towards the end of
the last season with his reward being to be released
on a free. His intelligent use of the ball was vital
in the Great Escape and the Albion's loss should be
Port Vale's gain if Micky Adams uses him more than
he did at Withdean.
Lloyd Owusu - Adelaide United
The man who's goals kept Russell Slade's side up
last season turned down the offer of a new contract
to seek fame and fortune on the convict isle of
Australia with Adelaide United. If Glenn Murray and
Nicky Forster have injury hit campaigns again, he
will be tough to replace.
Tommy Fraser -
Another man who finally
established himself in the side only to be released
come the end of the campaign. Rumour has it he was
told he could come back on trial if he didn't find
anything better which didn't go down to well with
the short tempered ginger. Now linking up again with
Adams at Port Vale.
Jake Robinson - Shrewsbury Town
striker who was billed as the next best thing only
to be sorely let down his attitude. Had a number of
run ins with Dean Wilkins the likes of which simply
weren't tolerated by first Adams and then Slade so
no surprise to see him released to join Shrewsbury
Lucky to get another contract last season after
being released, he played little to no part this
time around and it can't come as a surprise to see
him gone. A wonderful servant to the club he will
quite rightly go down as an Albion legend.
Made a long awaited first team debut this season but
was never seen as anything more than a back up at
Withdean. He impressed in the JPT match at
Shrewsbury and in a 0-0 draw at Leicester but with
serious competition needed for Michel Kuipers, he's
off to Millwall and another number two job.
Adam Hinshelwood - Aldershot Town
how far he could have gone had it not been for
injuries. Look an absolute star in 2004-2005 with an
England under 21 call up the reward but since then
never the same player. A wonderful own goal against
Colchester on Boxing Day will stick long in the
Chris Birchall - Los Angeles Galaxy
to put it simply a bloody unbelievable move. One of
several Micky Adams panic buys, not good enough for
League One is somehow going to be a team mate of DB7
at LA Galaxy. Must have been that Trinidad and
Tobago international line he uses.
Promptly dropped on Russell
Slade's arrival, the midfielder was another of
Adam's panic buys when he realised we were headed
for relegation and spent most of his six months at
Withdean looking like he didn't give a toss, just
happy to pick up his pay cheque.
- Tranmere Rovers
Struggling to avoid
relegation from League One, then just what you need
is a player undergoing the same fate in League Two.
Adams thought so anyway, bringing Seb Carole back to
the club for a second spell where he has lasted just
six months before being released to join Tranmere.
Joel Lynch - Nottingham Forest
rather go with Colin Hawkins than Joel Lynch at
centre back must rank as the greatest cock up of
Adams Mark II's reign and that is saying something.
The defender spent last season on loan at Nottingham
Forest with the move turning permanent for £200,000.
Jonny Dixon - Retired
A fine waste of
£55,000 from the Dean Wilkins days who has rather
flairly decided that rather than attempt to find
another club he will retire at the age of 25 to
become a music producer. And who can blame him when
he is giving it to Holly Valance?
Mark Wright - Bristol Rovers
You'll read a
little more about him in the arrivals section, for
the winger only rocked up at Withdean in the summer
and has lasted a mere three games before claiming to
be homesick and being sold to Bristol Rovers. Which
meant Elliott Bennett arriving, who you'll also read
- Sam Gargan (Salisbury City), Kane Wills (Ebbsfleet
- Derby County
The biggest signing for many
a long year arriving from Derby County for £300,000.
Signs from Derby where he never played a game but
has enjoyed successful loan spells to Blackpool and
Huddersfield. For the money paid will be expected to
bang goals in on a regular basis.
Gary Dicker - Stockport County
A huge part
of last seasons Great Escape after signing on-loan
from Stockport. Russell Slade has taken advantage of
the financial uncertainty at Edgeley Park to pick up
the talented midfielder on a free transfer. We all
know what he can do and do it well he does.
Gillingham captain, Wales
international and a goal scoring midfield who has
agreed to make the move to Withdean after failing to
agree a new deal at the Priestfield following a loan
spell with Peterborough last season. The Gills might
live to regret letting him go on a free.
- MK Dons
Holding midfielder who was released by MK Dons in
the summer. After a successful trial, Gus Poyet has
handed him a contract at Withdean for this campaign.
Neat and tidy, he does the simple things well. A
solid Mr 7/10 sort of professional.
Graeme Smith - Motherwell
Russell Slade has
attempted to address the lack of competition for
Michel Kuipers over the last few seasons by signing
Graeme Smith from Motherwell. A former Scotland
under-21 goalkeeper, he has been highly praised by
former Albion boss Mark McGhee.
James Tunnicliffe - Stockport County
and promising central defender who is the latest
ex-Stockport player to move South signing for an
undisclosed fee thought to be six figures.
Absolutely huge, he has a massive throw on him which
we have already seen cause problems.
- MK Dons
You've already read about him
having departed after three games. So feel free to
skip this as there isn't really much to say other
than what a good job Russell Slade did in signing a
player on a free and then selling him on just two
months later for a fee.
Elliott Bennett - Wolverhampton Wanderers
The best bit about Wright's departure is it allowed
Elliott Bennett to come in from Wolves for an
undisclosed six figure fee. Despite his tender years
he already looks like an assist machine with the
ability to play down either flank. Will only get
- Nottingham Forest
Midfielder who has
arrived on-loan as part of the deal that took Joel
Lynch the other way to the City Ground. Helped the
Tricky Trees to promotion from League One in 2008
and should provide cover to a midfield that is
looking far superior to last seasons version.
Arrived in the final hours
of the transfer window as a second loan midfielder
to come from Nottingham Forest. A wideman who played
a huge part as Yeovil rose through the leagues
before moving in a deal with £1.2m to Forest in 2007
since when he has found first team chances limited.
Defender who the Albion fought
off stiff competition from the SPL to sign from
Crawley Town for another hefty transfer fee. Capable
of playing left back, he will cover for Jim McNulty
until he is back to full fitness with his long term
future probably at centre back.
midfielder who was released by Crystal Palace in the
summer without playing a game. After a successful
trial, Russell Slade has handed him a deal at
Withdean where everybody will be hoping he can live
up to his undoubted potential.
- If Nicky Forster
and Glenn Murray have injury hit seasons again,
we will struggle for goals.
- £300,000 is a
big gamble on a player who is rumoured to have
- A huge turnover
in first team players may take time to gel.
Is this a squad that can
achieve the long stated aim of promotion into the
Championship? Do you agree with the players that Gus Poyet
has let go? Let us know your thoughts on this busiest of