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York City rivals Wycombe Wanderers sign six ahead of big opener
WYCOMBE Wanderers have made six new signings ahead of their League Two curtain raiser with York City at Bootham Crescent on Saturday, August 18.
Experienced striker Richard Logan has joined the Chairboys after his five-year spell with Exeter came to an end, while Adams Park chief Gary Waddock has also secured the services of Charlton centre-back Gary Doherty, Leyton Orient midfielder Matthew Spring, Brentford winger Sam Wood and Gillingham striker Dennis Oli.
Teenage attacker Lee Angol, meanwhile, has been recruited from Tottenham’s youth academy.
Elsewhere, former Minsterman Byron Webster has joined Yeovil after leaving Northampton, who have brought in left-back Joe Widdowson from Rochdale after their recent captures of Chris Hackett and Ishmel Demontagnac from Millwall and Notts County respectively, as the Cobblers look to rebuild following midfielder Michael Jacobs’ departure for Derby.
Rochdale have made a triple swoop for Liverpool youngster Joe Rafferty, Blackburn loan signing Ryan Edwards and Kevin McInytre, formerly at Accrington Stanley, who have added Preston midfielder Luke Clark, Liverpool midfielder Lewis Hatch and defender Toto Nsiala to their squad.
The Minstermen’s Yorkshire rivals Bradford City, meanwhile, have bolstered their ranks further with the arrivals of right-back Stephen Darby, midfielder Garry Thompson and Will Atkinson from Liverpool, Scunthorpe and Plymouth respectively.
Former Bantam Guy Branston has moved on to Aldershot, where he will be joined by midfielder Craig Stanley after his switch from Bristol Rovers, who have reinforced that area of the pitch with Preston’s Seanan Clucas and Oliver Norburn, from Leicester.
But Shots left-back Anthony Straker has left for Southend, who have snapped up striker Gavin Tomlin and defender Ryan Cresswell from Dagenham and Rotherham.
Port Vale have taken advantage of the lifting of their transfer embargo to swoop for Exeter centre-back Richard Duffy, Shrewsbury goalkeeper Chris Neal and Crewe centre-back David Artell, as well as Stevenage pair Jennison Myrie-Williamson and Ashley Vincent and Darren Murphy, from Colchester.
At Exeter, manager Paul Tisdale has lost 16-year-old Sean Goss to Manchester United in a £100,000 deal and defender Troy Archibald-Henville to Swindon but strengthened his midfield with the capture of Arron Davies from Northampton.
Tommy Doherty, Pat Baldwin and Kevin Amankwaah have also joined the Grecians from Bath, Southend and Rochdale respectively.
Devon neighbours Plymouth have made Watford goalkeeper Rene Gilmarton only their second summer signing while Torquay welcomed striker Billy Bodin in a £70,000 deal with Swindon, Arsenal left-back Tom Cruise, Brighton goalkeeper Michael Poke and Dunfermline’s Craig Easton but Mark Ellis has left the Gulls for Crewe.
Barnet have taken on West Ham youngsters Oliver Lee and Jordan Brown, while Cheltenham have recruited Bees midfielder Sam Deering, which will compensate for Luke Summerfield’s move to Shrewsbury.
Other transfers have seen Dagenham left-back Damien McCrory switch to Burton, Sam Togwell swap Scunthorpe for Chesterfield and Wimbledon bring in Warren Cummings from Bournemouth following Sam Hatton’s departure for Grimsby.
Off the pitch, ex-Barnet and Notts County chief Martin Allen has taken over as manager of Gillingham.