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More work to be done

Reporter: Matthew Chambers
Date online: 17 July 2017

THREE further signings are on boss John Sheridan's agenda, four friendlies and under three weeks to go to the start of the new season.

Athletic travel to Curzon Ashton tomorrow (7.45pm kick-off) on the back of a 1-1 draw in a behind-closed-doors clash at Swindon that kept the unbeaten pre-season run going.

Aaron Amadi-Holloway opened the scoring for Athletic, before Ellis Iandolo levelled after the interval in a game Swindon boss David Flitcroft said was played with "a real vigour and a real intensity".

Bailey Peacock-Farrell played in that game and Sheridan faces a decision on whether or not to sign the Leeds goalkeeper on loan, which would effectively make him the new number one for next season.

Athletic will also need to bring in a new number two goalkeeper, with last season's understudy Chris Kettings having turned down the chance to stay on.

Having signed left-back Rob Hunt late last week - he is set for a run-out at the Tameside Stadium tomorrow - Sheridan is also looking for another attacking option and, ideally, another player who can operate at the base of midfield.

"There is the goalkeeper situation we will sort out and we have Rob coming in," said Sheridan, who handed 90-minute run-outs to Ollie Banks, Peter Clarke, Anthony Gerrard and Ryan McLaughlin at the County Ground.

"There is room for a striker or attack-minded player to come in and possibly, I would like a good defensive midfielder when I am looking at things and what we need at this time."

Though Hunt didn't sign in time to take part in Athletic's four-day stay in Bath last week, Sheridan is clearly delighted to be from today working again with a player who reportedly caught the eye of Championship clubs as a result of his performances on loan for Athletic last season.

"He's a good player and a good lad who wants to come to Oldham," Sheridan said. "He loved it when he was here last time and he did well.

"He will be a good player for us.

"I'm chuffed we've got him, especially getting him on a permanent deal.

"Full credit to the chairman for sorting the deal out. He will only make us better and stronger because he's an excellent young player."

SEAN O'Driscoll, who spent time as a coaching consultant working with former manager Stephen Robinson last season, has joined Championship club Wolves where he will work with the academy.

Comments

Having seen an attacker put him on his butt in his first one on one it doesn't fill you with much confidence.

I just can't see how an unbeaten run against the likes of Stalybridge and Salisbury, is going to galvanise the fanbase into turning out in numbers, or give the players any idea of the long hard season is in front of them. Unless maybe banging in a few goals and not conceding against mediocre opposition may give the players a bit of a confidence boost. Bring on Man United (hopefully not their youth team) and then see how they fare and get some money in with a decent gate.

this season is going to be as good as 1990/91 season, we have a good squad now and in sheridan I trust. we all need to get behind the team....OLDHAM TILL I DIE....

Reliable, strong keeper required !! :- John McLaughlan Ex Burton & Bradford - Aged 29, 6ft 3inch, 275 games played. Just trying to highlight what attributes are required for a keeper !!! The Leeds & Liverpool keepers seen are kids with minimal body strength & physique !! League 1 is a tough division & as we saw with Ripley only the best of kids succeed - Ripley was a special case !!

Typical of the trolls on here...criticising players who never even played...oh whatever next.

Presuming of course that the comment is about this year not last... which like everything else is dead and gone and we can do nowt about.

Sportsman don't expect Man Utd to turnout anything but a bunch of kids who nobody has never heard of or seen !! Apart from Rashford the conveyor belt of class players has well & truly dried up at Old Trafford & the only deals are of the done are ones with massive amounts of cash being processed for so called world class players !! At least the Man Utd fans have their chance to put their shirts on & sample a real game Enjoy you day !!!

Latics Observer - you've said the same thing every pre-season for the last decade and every season they've been right and you've been wrong.

"Credit to the chairman" says Sheridan. Yes, he's been brilliant the last 14 years.

As I said a while ago - the first 5 matches of the season will paint a picture and tell us whether or not we are capable of scoring more goals than the opposition - which is what SUCCESS is all about. I'm all for having a rock solid defence but it's goals that win matches and bring in the crowds - or maybe topless go-go dancers perhaps?

 

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