Norwich City boss Neil Adams confirms ball is now in Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s court over proposed St Etienne loan move

Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has joined St Etienne on loan with a view to a permanent move. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has joined St Etienne on loan with a view to a permanent move. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, August 1, 2014
11:08 PM

Norwich City boss Neil Adams insists he would welcome Ricky van Wolfswinkel back into his squad if the Dutch international rejects a loan move to French Ligue One club St Etienne.

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Adams confirmed following Friday’s 2-2 pre-season finale against Celta Vigo at Carrow Road the 25-year-old striker was in France for talks and a medical over a proposed season-long switch.

The Canaries’ boss would not be drawn on reports from across the English Channel that the Greens have negotiated a potential £4.75m buy-out clause as part of the deal.

“I can’t confirm he is on the move. What I can say is he is in talks with Saint Etienne and he has gone over to France for a medical. If it happens, it happens,” said Adams, who also revealed free agent Gary O’Neil has trained twice with the squad this week ahead of concluding a potential deal next week. “There are many parts to these deals and anything over and above that is not really for me to speak about but for the board. I have said many, many times I am not looking to offload players and he is more than welcome to come back here if that is his decision.

“I don’t want to lose players. He is a great lad and he has never been a problem to deal with. He has been an excellent professional and if it wasn’t to happen then he would come back into our squad. If it becomes concrete then we’ll deal with that. It is in his hands.”

City missed out on Coventry striker Callum Wilson earlier this summer but Adams is not looking at a potential reunion with Wigan outcast Grant Holt.

“I get on really well with Grant,” he said. “He was a fantastic player here but I have brought two strikers in and I am happy with the squad I have got. You don’t say no to any player. You could ask me about any player and we all know that in football you don’t know what is going to happen. That is nothing we have looked at.”

Adams was equally bullish over the futures of midfield duo Leroy Fer and Alex Tettey. Fer continues to be tracked by QPR boss Harry Redknapp, with Tettey revealing earlier in the week to Norwegian media City had turned down an enquiry from a Premier League suitor.

“Some of the rumours baffle me at times. I know there is elements of truth in a lot of them otherwise they wouldn’t be out there but others are maybe agents trying to tout the players,” he said. “That is something I am learning and it gets frustrating because I have to answer the questions. A lot of the time there is nothing in it. All I can say is I want to keep both players.”

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56 comments

  • 1800 hours plus on sunday and no confirmation of rvw loan deal

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • I agree Les Lee but I'm afraid Lincs scatters his gems as pearls before swine and we digest them as corn without any true appreciation of their worth. Sad really. And more often getting access to this blo'dy site means we just give up.

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    cutty

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Is it just me? I found Lincs Canary's comments on Saturday re wealth and performance absolutely fascinating. Brings it all in to focus, but amazed there were no comments from anybody! Lincs, I salute you Sir Madam Delete as necessary. A sane voice in the wilderness that is football.

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    Les Lee

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • I always have to look up the spelling before I "tout" Assombalonga so henceforth he is Singalongamax - so much easier to remember because I have to thumb through all his LP's in the charity shops searching for an Elvis rarity. As regards the possibility of Singalong joining us is Canary Fry related to Posh Fry? It could do wonders for negotiations.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • I think we should at least ask 10 million each for Redmond and Fer.Wonder if the saints have a good defender?

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    tonyb

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Yes, waclor, Assombalonga (?) looks a hot prospect. No doubt the deeply fat Fryer will make sure he gets good gelt. Do you remember the Craig Mackail-Smith saga, when Big Barry held an auction? Dion "in the know" Dubloon scuppered NCFC`s bid by blabbing on the Beeb. Buffoon. Poor Craig ended up at Brighton but at least he did avoid the subsequent Hughton Experience. Aka `The Sum of All Fears`. Tonyb, if Soton want Redmond and Fer, we will want big bucks? Any guesses?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Some rumors are that we are after another striker,Modou Barrow from ostersunds fk.Everton also interested so he cant be that bad.Dont think Hooper will go,if anything Loza will go out on loan.only players I can see leaving at this stage are Fer and Remond both to Southampton,oh and Rvw to france.

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    tonyb

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • But Dan if he does well in the French league, will that tell us any more than we thought we knew when we signed him? So far Grabban and Lafferty have already been injured but I guess we have Hooper. If Hooper goes we could always look at the Singalongamax guy from Peterborough.

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    waclor

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • I think the loan is a good idea. Remember on top of the potential transfer fee is a year City aren't paying his wages and possibly a loan fee too. We get the best of all worlds: if he does really well and we go up then we can take him back or sell him for a larger fee ( assuming the transfer isn't binding) or if he turns out to be poor then he's not cost us anything and ( assuming the transfer is binding) a guaranteed chunk of cash next season - potentially a lot more than we'd get if he stayed and went on to have another bad season.

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    Dan

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • I deny that, el dingo, they are mere fans, sycophants. Likewise Kanye West & Crocodile Putnee. Just think of a writer who has unlimited access to an on-line Thesaurus but still cannot spell "feisty"... Hienous ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Actually, factor in the savings on future wages and this deal looks better by the minute imo.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • ... such as Steady Canary on the Moon, perhaps?

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    el dingo

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Save guillotined postings? No I don`t, BPbp - but they do sometimes appear later under one of my many alternative identities...

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • LYB - some excellent common sense comments re RvW and I feel a loan move is best for all parties. It seems that he is behind Lafferty and Grabban in the pecking order, so he may not get much game time and this move could help restore his confidence and he will score lots of goals for his new team,

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    Mr Ed

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Apparently RvW failed the medical as his head was too big to fit through the dressing room door, allegedly .

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    kenfoggo

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Get rid of RvW while he still has some residual value. Expose him to playing in the robust, physical, aggressive Championship and his weak play and poor attitude will become evident and his value will plunge even further.

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    kenfoggo

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Playing Ryan Bennett certainly looks better as an investment for the future but I don't think he will learn enough from partnering either Martin or Turner to become a better player. We do not have a consistent Championship standard centre back and we will be punished for it, probably at Wolves. Of course you don't discover this by playing practice matches against the likes of the North East Italy Amateur Select XI.

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    waclor

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • waclor my problem with the centre halves is that i think NA will go Martin\Turner and I would rather see Bennet in there . On the midfield ?? I have Fer and Tettey in the equation with the two he has played

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Why all the angst about the potential loss of £4million on selling RvW on ? It was only the silly money you get from going into the Prem , easy come easy go , it isn't catastrophic for NCFC financially , just an annoying bit of waste . I'd like to see him get another chance here , say 10 or 12 games , and see how it goes . If there are still no bangs for our bucks then thats it , give him to Wroxham and let him rebuild his career there .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • It's interesting that he's obviously talked to them and had the medical by now, but there's no confirmation. I strongly sense that it has been Ricky's agent agitating for a move rather than Ricky himself, just from the way he was so quick to denounce that fake facebook profile and say not to believe any of it, and it was his agent who was talking to the Dutch press a couple of weeks back. Adams obviously respects him, and with good reason in my view. Last season was a train wreck for him, but it was a train wreck for the whole club, and that responsibility can't just be put down to him. Just from his general attitude, I suspect he's reluctant to walk away from it without having another go. Good luck to him either way though. I wouldn't be surprised if he's looked at pre-season overall and feels we're in with a decent chance of getting back there, so if he wants to have another crack at the Premier League, then sticking with it may yet be his best avenue.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Or another way of looking @ the RVW situation is to just accept we were seriously ripped off when we bought him + just short of £5m isn't actually a bad return for a 1-goal striker ( unless you count his 2 "wonder goal" strikes against Little Snoring FC or whoever it was)....?

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    Timbo

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Potentially getting £4.5 million for RVW would be a brilliant piece of business , considering he managed one goal all season . I didn`t think that they would be able to give him away .... Credit to him if he does move , he could see his contract out and just draw his NCFC wages each week .

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    dragonfly

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • 'Archie' is going to seriously miss 'club record signing' RVW when he goes. How will he fill the EDP back pages?

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    Kent Anglian

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • It's obvious that RVW needs to go away and try and get his mojo back, but setting a price of £4.5 seems a bit hasty in the event of him coming good. Mc Nally is no fool, (though after the Hughton debacle I have to wonder!!), so maybe the price will be something above £4.5M. We end up by taking a possible £3M hit on RVW, which could effectively cancel out the profit on Snodgrass. I just hope that McNally hasnt tied his own hands on the RVW deal. We will see.

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • As usual I struggle to pick a first XI. Last season in deference to Houghton I went with eight in defence and two defensive midfield. None upfront. This year it could be a 2 3 5 arrangement. Redmond RVW McKafferty Grabban hooper up front

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    Pondlife

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • As usual I struggle to pick a first XI. Last season in deference to Houghton I went with eight in defence and two defensive midfield. None upfront. This year it could be a 2 3 5 arrangement. Redmond RVW McKafferty Grabban hooper up front

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    Pondlife

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • 1p5wich must be hot relegation candidates this season, in fact, I can see them becoming a non-league club in the next 5 years or disappearing into administration. Although we are going to be in the same league division this could season, it could very well be the last time we ever in the same league together. I predict we will improve on the 9-2 aggregate results, our neighbours are surely for the big drop this season !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • The Championship had its inaugural season in 200405. Of the founder members only Sunderland, West ham, QPR, Burnley and Leicester start next season in the PL. Six teams are now in lower leagues. From the same year 12 PL clubs remain where they were. Over that time money has become God with clubs prostituting their integrity to find megarich buyers. Now, league placings are increasingly determined by outlay on players wages. Clubs such as NCFC, Burnley, Swansea look to buck the trend and over achieve relative to owners wealth otherwise they become a monument to eternal mediocrity, e.g., Ipswich.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Regarding the optional fee for RVW if St Etienne decide to buy, remember this will be in addition to any loan fee that is charged, so the loss might not be as much as people are thinking.

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    PaulWho

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Canary on the moon

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Brew, I hope that you save all your comments so that when the moment comes you can publish all the guillotined ones. You could call the work 'The Archant x Files.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • You're right Goldie, Adams should've advertised an £8.5m striker as a lazy, useless and feckless ball watcher with a bad attitude that isn't really injured but only good to make the tea. That would have generated a whole raft of offers to take our 1-goal player on loan.

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    Dan

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • The permanently injured RVW has gone for a medical. If we have been told the truth about his closed season injuries he should stand no chance of passing a medical. The possible truth is City have had him on stand by to offload his wages.

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    goldie

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Does anyone get the impression that following on from the "Most impatient man" and "The useless man" the board are happy having "The Puppet Man"?

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    waclor

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Wivenhoe I feel your question marks in the centre of defence are misplaced now as we only have three centre backs ready for duty However it could be prophetic in the future when one is injured, one suspended and the other off form. Come on Adams GET A DEFENCE. Why do we need yet another midfield player in O'Neil? We have only played one worthwhile preseason friendly but it is obvious that any combination of MartinTurnerBennett is not promotion quality.

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    waclor

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Wrong Trevor. If RvW is in the squad, he has the opportunity to shine and become the first name of the teamsheet. If Adams keeps an open mind that is. If he goes to St Etienne on loan with the pre agreed fee, he either plays well and they get him on the cheap or he has a bad season and we get him back worse than ever. How can this be a good move?

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    waclor

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • I would imagine that RVW at best will be one of two subs used for this season and its not what he is looking for so NA has a grumpy player on his hands.Disregarding any departures,we have Loza who would be only too pleased to step up a notch and as a last resort we have the enigma that is Becchio so a loan deal would seem the ideal outcome.I dont think for one minute that NA hasn't been involved in this decision

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    Trevor Sadd

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Maybe even SHOW some resolve.

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    Canary on the moon

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • ps, I can kind of understand a loan move for Ricky if it is with a view to helping him get his confidence back away from Carrow Road, but it's very disappointing if the agreed fee thing is true - poor business - which is the one thing I have always had respect for McNally about.

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    Canary on the moon

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • So Neil doesn't want to lose players. RVW is a "great lad", he's an excellent professional and Neil would welcome him back if he rejected the loan move - and the move is "in his hands". Come on Neil, stand up for yourself or be honest. Do you want him or not? Personally, I think we're losing a great opportunity. RVW and players with his pedigree would never join a Championship team under normal circumstances, but we have him, Fer, Hooper, Ruddy, Ollson and Redmond and their ours to lose. The board need to shoe some resolve - put the shutters up and show some support to the supporters.

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    Canary on the moon

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • I just wondered if der Graubuendener had left Olsson out of his suggested squad deliberately or on purpose ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Just placed my pre season bet on NC getting promotion. Odds of 10-1 seem good to me. Down for £30 each way. Now just sit back and enjoy the ride!

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • The writing has been on the wall concerning a loan for a while and it seems like the best way forward for everyone. The lad can obviously score goals but has lost his mojo in last season's debacle. He needs to get back to his winning ways but Neil has decided to take no chances and has gone with some proven scorers and seems to have put a bit more lead in the team's pencil. The fact that we are now getting amongst the opposition and scoring in the first few minutes is exactly the change that was needed. Last night's showing was good but underlined the calls to have another centre-back option. All things considered, including the c0ck-ups, this has been a good pre-season and it looks like we mean business when the competition finally kicks-off. Finally, I am also delighted that no one is talking about Olsson (yet).

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Regarding the RVW figure, his value is what anyone is prepared to pay rather at this moment than what we paid. If the rumoured agreed ammount after a year loan is correct, that seems a less than optimal solution. Had hoped that he would shine and then command a higher fee. This way, if he has a s*** season, he's worth even less - if he shines we still only get 4M (although ignoring the original price that seems a lot!) I guess wages play a big part also.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • What no Olsson, Soglio? Do you have `inside information`...?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Fragment #4. Though O`Neil is predominantly right-footed, I believe. Could make an interesting Pick `n` Mix with Wessi. Mirror images? Thanks to The Crab for the use of his legendary Fragmentation Method...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • He'll be gone and I for one wish him all the best. Light weight, but technically gifted, and unfortunate with the lack of quality supply in the right areas he needed. Snodgrass has gone, so he might have had better this season. Fer will go too, for the right price as his wages are also going to be too high for the board's likings (I reckon). Hooper also likely to be on his way, so another striker may yet be needed. Line up for next week: Ruddy, Whittaker, Martin, Turner, Garrido, Johnson, Surman, Hoolhan, Redmond, Lafferty, Grabban.

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    Soglio Star

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Reference Gary O`Neil; he`s had an interesting career, having captained England at every youth level but never getting a Senior cap. Claims to fame include once being maimed by Reo-Coker and being sent off in this year`s Champ play-off final. He has played over 200 Prem games, though. Seems a Wessi-type, really? Relatively diminutive. Similar age, too.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • That lost much of its intended meaning after repeated précising. One to you, Archie.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Tried to engage with LincsCan. Not allowed. We still have a substantial corpus of Lambo signings... Surprisingly few of Hughtons. Specially when Wolfie & The Want-Aways have departed.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • LincsCan; is the fact we`ve brought Surman back an indication that we`re probably going to lose Tettey and\or Fer? Glad to have Surs back on board, good fellow. He could bring the best out of Johnson; Johnno`s problems with passing last season was largely down to there being nobody moving into space to pass to! Everybody was retreating! If we do lose the other two, we`re a bit sparse in CMF. Perhaps, with the Murphys, Redmond and Pilks available for the `wing-work`, we may see E, Bennett in a more central role? I have a feeling he`ll prove, like Surman, to be versatile. Interesting how many of the Lambo signings still feature prominently: Ruddy, Bennett(s), Surman, Martin, Johnson, Howson, Pilks. Add to those the Great Survivor - Wizard Wes - the Murphys, Loza and the two new guys, there may not be too much Hughtonery left by the time Winkel & the other want-aways have departed. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • It looks like the RVW - NCFC story is coming to an end. Seems like the board want to offload him and are probably prepared to take a £4m loss in the process. Pity that NA was not given the final choice. Anyway the sooner the RVW story comes to a conclusion now the better. This will surely go down as one of the defining decisions of the CH era. Time to move on..........

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • For me, wiven, the team that started against Celta Vigo will probably start against Wolves although NA might have a nice selection problem if Fer and Tetty are still around. At least we are nearing kick off with our (strong) squad intact and if that remains the case I am optimistic about the season ahead. I also see QPR have signed midfielder Mutch from Cardiff so one less predator for Fer. Feel a bit sorry for RVW. I think he really wants to stay and prove a point but suspect he may have to do that in France. My niggling concern is the club's resolve to hold on to our best players before the window closes, a situation not entirely in Adams' control.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Dave T - yes, it does read a bit that way. Or it could be the agent and player that is forcing things along. Adams certainly doesn't sound as if it him that is pulling the strings of this one, but that might be his media savvy coming to the fore.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Is it me, or does this read that the board have decided to send him out on loan regardless of what NA says

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    Dave T

    Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • So what will be the first 11 chosen by Neil Adams. So far i have Ruddy in goal, Whittaker , ?, ? Ollsen;?,?, Hoolahan, Grabban, Redmond , Lafferty.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Friday, August 1, 2014

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