The Notts County squad (what currently exists of it) return to training on Monday buoyed by the news of a club legend in the making’s contract extension.
Lee Hughes has signed on for an extra year, extending his stay at the club until 2012, and you’d have to think Meadow Lane is now the place where Hughesy will see out his career. Hughes is loved by eveyone connected with the club, he’d be hard-pushed to find anywhere else where he’ll receive the sort of adoration he does with Notts County.
Just this one extra year on his contract has set my anticipation levels for the new season into overdrive. Memories of last season immediately come rushing back.
His early header against Morecambe to ease what little promotion-clinching tension remained. That 25-yard lob against Rochdale to strengthen our title charge. Or the contentious “hat trick” against Cheltenham in the final home game. Those days are coming back, you can feel it!
Of course, this hasn’t been the club’s only activity this summer so far, despite what you’ll read from disgruntled supporters, anxious to see a little bit more movement in the transfer market.
But the club have already replaced the massive gap left by Kasper Schmeichel with the impressive Rob Burch from Lincoln City, and have also assigned him an understudy in Stuart Nelson from Aberdeen.
Outfield, we’ve been linked with some strong names. The likes of Ben Burgess from Premiership newboys Blackpool, Lee Carsley from Alec McLeish’s Birmingham, then the likes of Deon Burton, Lee Trundle and Brendan Moloney, who impressed massively on a loan spell at the beginning of the Munto era.
The club are set to announce two signings on top of the two goalkeepers tomorrow, should be enough to buy the club some more patience as the season draws closer.