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Central Defensive Signing Could Be Close
Friday, 21st Sep 2012 12:51

Town boss Paul Jewell is hopeful that he could add a centre-half to his squad in time for Saturday’s game against Charlton at Portman Road.

Jewell refused to be drawn on the player’s identity at his pre-match press conference: “I’m not being awkward.

“We’ve been trying to get defensive cover in. We’re trying to get one in as we speak. Whether it happens or not for tomorrow, I don’t know, but certainly it’s an area where we need to improve, and not just there, we need to improve all over.

“I’ve spoken about players coming in before and at the last they’ve turned the car around and we’ve ended up with egg on our face, and we’ve only got Tommy and Luke Chambers as senior centre-halves and we need to strengthen that area.

“I was asked the question before in pre-season ‘would we have new players in’ and I said that we would 100% and we didn’t, so I’m never confident but I’m hopeful.

“We’ve got until 12 o’clock tomorrow. It’s not a panic, it’s something we’ve been trying to do for a while and there’s the possibility of it happening.”

The player, who given the lunchtime Saturday deadline would appear to be a loanee rather than someone currently out of contract, isn’t trialist Abdoulaye Meite with Jewell set to talk to his agent in the next few days: “He’s trained all week with us and I’ll be speaking to his representative over the weekend.”


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RetroBlue added 12:53 - Sep 21
Cue "agent Clegg"..what ? no signing !!
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righty added 12:54 - Sep 21
Another loan Great is he a has been or over 35?
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BartsGreatBeard added 12:58 - Sep 21
oh no not another loan cos we can still buy players!!! and age doesnt matter if your good enough forget age example brad friedal
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TractorCam added 12:58 - Sep 21
Hoorah!
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thorpedo added 12:58 - Sep 21
The end of the world COULD be close.
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Mark added 12:59 - Sep 21
We had a bad defence to start with last year. Delaney was then paid off, Sonko and Wright were released and Kennedy retired. From that position, we spent around £500K on the defence in terms of transfer fees (1/3rd of the Taylor transfer fee). Why haven't we invested in the defence?
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Pessimistic added 12:59 - Sep 21
I think it is about time we gave P.J. a bit of a break. We are only six games into the season after all and although it is me that is supposed to be the pessimist, I appear to be much more optimistic than most of you!
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TractorCam added 13:00 - Sep 21
So you lot moaning would prefer we stick with just 2 centre halves?
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gorse added 13:01 - Sep 21
Woop! Fingers crossed!
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Doctor_Albran added 13:03 - Sep 21
I could get blown by Kiera Knightly before tomorrows game against Charlton - saying it out loud doesn't make it anymore likely to happen...

Hi Kiera, what you doing here...
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bluey123 added 13:04 - Sep 21
Just look at Jewells previous loans how many successes very few
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Paulc added 13:05 - Sep 21
Clegg: 'Paul, tell em your close to getting a CB in, they'll have forgotton in a couple of weeks'

PJ: "do you think they'll forget I'm clueless too?'

Clegg: 'Come on paul, they've got a lot of eyes between them, I haven't got an endless supply of wool, you know'
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tractorboybig added 13:06 - Sep 21
more pie in the sky. (or is it the lad from Bury)
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reaper added 13:08 - Sep 21
PJ said he was interested in a loan with a view to buy in the next transfer window - hopefully he still has this in mind
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cornishnick added 13:11 - Sep 21
Apparently PJ has done a deal with Palace to take Damian Delaney on loan with view to a permanent signing in Jan. A fee of around £500k has been agreed.
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SouperJim added 13:12 - Sep 21
The question is, why have we only got Tommy and Luke Chambers as senior centre-halves Mr Jewell? Inability to bring the correct player in I can swallow, but not hanging onto Delaney until the next window is ineptitude of the highest order. You've only got yourself to blame.
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kerryblue added 13:27 - Sep 21
More than that we need,could we get a manager on loan aswell?????
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paulcooperisgod added 13:36 - Sep 21
Fanfares are ready.......... And then its google to find out who it is!!
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uppersirbob added 13:38 - Sep 21
Got until 12 O clock tomorrow ? thought any player has to be signed today by 5pm to play tomorrow?

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irishtim added 13:43 - Sep 21
Well well who will it be?
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Surco72 added 13:44 - Sep 21
"Just look at Jewells previous loans how many successes very few "
Bullard player of the year ?
Andrews almost top scorer ?
Murphy solid last season
Luongo looking good this season ?
Stockdale excellent keeper recalled due to injury ?
Collins better than our centre backs now ?

Seems more than a few good loans
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scooterblue added 13:45 - Sep 21
not holding my breath.
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Hoppersblue10 added 13:48 - Sep 21
I like the bit when he says " it's not a panic"

So only 2 senior CBs in the club but it's no reason to panic, only pj could have come out with that...
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raycrawfordswig added 13:50 - Sep 21
Someone call Batman the riddler has escaped.
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StowTractorBoy added 13:56 - Sep 21
I am panicking with our back 5
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