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Gills Linked With Chambers and Other Departing Blues
Thursday, 20th May 2021 13:02

Skipper Luke Chambers is reportedly among a number of departing Blues players interesting Gillingham.

The Gills have already been linked with a move for Alan Judge, who was released by the Blues last month, now the EADT reports that Chambers and other Town players who are moving on as free agents or have been made available for transfer are on manager Steve Evans’s radar.

Former Blues keeper Tomas Holy, among those who has been told he can leave, was with the Kent club until joining the Blues two summers ago and there is a vacancy between the sticks at the Priestfield with Jack Bonham moving on.

Skipper Chambers, 35, who is leaving the club after nine years, and Judge are also understood to be interesting Colchester United, along with Cole Skuse and Freddie Sears. It's likely that Chambers and Judge in particular will have plenty of options as they look for new clubs.

There is set to be a major turnaround on the Portman Road playing staff this summer with boss Paul Cook having released a number of those out of contract and with virtually everyone else told they can look for new clubs and that offers will be listened to.

Luton skipper Sonny Bradley currently appears closest to becoming Town’s first signing of the summer with one source having told TWTD that the deal to recruit the centre-half is done barring any late unexpected developments. The 29-year-old’s Hatters contract is up at the end of June.

Elsewhere, Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony says his club’s transfer-listed striker Mo Eisa would be ideal for the likes of the Blues.

“He would get 25 goals in a good League One team like Charlton, Oxford, Ipswich or Portsmouth,” MacAnthony told the Peterborough Telegraph.

“Teams that play good football and create a lot of chances. Promotions are hard without a goalscorer, but they come at a price.

“There’s a reason why I paid a million pounds for Mo a couple of years ago. He’s driven by goals and a desire to play rather than money.

“His ratio of goals-per-game is not that bad. He formed a great partnership with Ivan Toney, but started to struggle because we started playing one up front and we had Toney and then Jonson Clarke-Harris.

“Mo would suit MK Dons with the brand of football they play. All they lacked at times last season was a goalscorer. They wanted him last season, but they wouldn’t pay the price.”

Sudan-born Eisa, 26, has made 45 starts and 26 sub appearances for Posh, scoring 21 times, having joined them after a year at incoming Blues’ CEO Mark Ashton’s Bristol City in which he rarely featured.

Meanwhile, former Blues forward Noel Hunt, who was understood to be among the candidates to join Town’s coaching staff, is set to be named ex-Blues loanee Richie Wellens’s assistant at Doncaster Rovers.

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HARRY10 added 13:09 - May 20
They might have to start to earn their wages now - and they won't be anywhere near what they were getting here.

Welcome to reality, lads

Kropotkin123 added 13:42 - May 20
Darragh MacAnthony sounds desperate to flog Mo to anyone but then says "Promotions are hard without a goalscorer, but they come at a price.".

Okay there, if you want to sell him so badly then you can take what your given.

ringwoodblue added 14:02 - May 20
Not sure why Posh would want to sell Eisa but if we are prepared to pay the fee, think he would be a great signing.

spanishblue added 14:13 - May 20
If Peterborough are pushing him don’t want him, look at the c—p they’ve sold us , I want the forward they’re trying to sign not there has beens

Karlosfandangal added 14:40 - May 20

We did sign the striker they were after.


blues1 added 15:37 - May 20
Spanish blue. Eisa is a very good player. Would take him all day long.

atty added 16:26 - May 20
Don’t think Holy is a “former player” just yet.

therein61 added 16:50 - May 20
Steve Evans and Chambo should be worth a few fly on the wall moments.

Skip73 added 17:07 - May 20
"Eisa was doing well until we started playing 1 up front, then he struggled" Doesn't sound like a good fit here then.

cat added 17:27 - May 20
I’m going to frame this quote cause I absolutely love it!

“Paul Cook having released a number of those out of contract and with virtually everyone else told they can look for new clubs and that offers will be listened to.”

Nors, Downes and KVY would be the only ones I’d consider keeping, but after the last 3 seasons if the lot went then I’d lose no sleep. We’ll reflect on this period in time and only then will it become apparent how truly horrid it really was. Look at it like the John Duncan era but 10 times worse lol

ringwoodblue added 17:57 - May 20
Skip - the reason why he struggled was because Posh always had a better striker at the club first Toney then Clarke Harris so Eisa was second choice. He is far better than any strikers we have currently.

ronnyd added 18:50 - May 20
We have forwards ringwoodblue?

Oldboy added 19:11 - May 20
Might have a tenner on Gillingham finishing 10th next season.

BuckieBlue added 20:06 - May 20
With ex-Town Noel Hunt getting a mention, I hope it's ok to mention another former player, JET has just signed a pre deal contract with Aberdeen, probably his biggest gig since leaving us.

KiwiTractor added 20:43 - May 20
Has Holy been given a one year extension or not? What about Nolan? I've heard no news on these two...

I do think we need a new/better keeper for next season, and I'd be happy to get Mo Eisa, for what it's worth.

KiwiTractor added 20:44 - May 20
Just to be clear, I don't want Mo Eisa as our new keeper!

Monkey_Blue added 05:55 - May 21
If Cook wanted to get value for our players in the transfer market, telling the world he wants rid isn’t the way to do it. Like him or not MacAnthony is a smart operator in the transfer market.

Dissboyitfc added 07:12 - May 21
agree monkey, not particularly smart of cook to put his players down!

stiffy501 added 07:46 - May 21
MacAnthony seems keen to offload Mo Eisa to us then states he can't play in a system with one up front !! er is that not Cooks preferred system ?

DifferentGravy added 10:53 - May 21
Nope, dont want Eisa. Sure, goals at lower level but has moved around a lot already for someone who is only 26 and the fact they want to get rid of such an expensive acquisition(at this level) makes me question his temperament and ability to gel with a team.

Gills are welcome to take on our released players. Not far for them to travel and keeps them in the game. Just hope they are not expecting to push for promotion

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