Transfer movement - 05/02/2004
Although nothing seemed to happen in the first few weeks of
the transfer window, it all got quite exciting as the deadline
loomed. The Stevie Caldwell move to Leeds was quite
amusing. We were sitting on the team coach for the reserve
game at Liverpool. Luckily it had been delayed and as we
were waiting to get underway, we asked Stevie if he was
expecting a call. Two minutes later and as the bus
approached the Redheugh Bridge his phone rang. There
was panic on his face and the next thing he was shouting at
the driver to stop the bus!! A move to Leeds is great for him
– a big club and a starting place in the Premiership – you
can’t ask for much more when you’re playing for your future.
Another playing being loaned out is Lua, again he’s got a
great move and after years of sitting on the bench and trying
to change games with a late 10 to 15 minutes run out, he’ll
be starting for Portsmouth. It’s time for him to take his career
to the next level and now he’s got a chance.
Stevie’s brother – Gary has also left the club. He’s been
loaned to a few first division sides and now he’s at Hibs. I
certainly wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up back down in
England. He has the ability and the temperament to be
Nobby to Villa was the big transfer, and when he didn’t turn
up to training we thought he might be off somewhere. He’s a
class player and I’m sure the Premiership stats over the last
few years speak for themselves. He’s up there with the likes
of Ryan Giggs when it comes to assists and I think the
reaction of the fans speaks for itself. Villa have got an
excellent footballer for a snip! Although the rest of the lads
were surprised that he went, perhaps the greatest surprise
is that no one’s come in to replace him – virtually the whole
squad were unanimous with that one!
Lastly I can’t let the Carl Cort transfer go by without making
a comment about the lad. The gaffer had a go at the press
about the way Corty had been portrayed – and I’m right
behind him on that one! He's an excellent footballer and
having worked with him in training, it’s obvious that we never
saw the best of him at St. James Park. Wolves, if he can
stay fit, have got a tremendous player. He must be the
unluckiest pro ever!! He needed this move as his confidence
was absolutely shot. I spoke to him before his Wolves debut
and he was saying that it’s nearly been two years since he
started a league game. It’ll take time for his fitness and
match sharpness to return. But when it does, a lot of critics
may be forced to eat their words. He trained hard, he had an
excellent attitude, but when you have such bad luck, he was
never going to get the chance to impress.
So good luck to all the lads that have left. They’ll all be
Five out and one in, not that Michael Bridges arrival was that
much of a surprise! It’s an excellent move for him and just
like Carl Cort, the fresh start may be what he needs to get
back his sharpness. He’s a Geordie coming home and that
means something – even if it doesn’t work out for us all!!
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