Date: 18th January 2010 at 4:17pm
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Gary Ablett has been busy in the transfer window today, agreeing transfers for five players to come to Edgeley Park and hopefully debut tomorrow.

Four of those are from MK Dons, with defender Danny Swailes and speedy American winger Jemal Johnson both signing on free transfers, and winger Richie Partridge signing on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Also, Colchester midfielder David Perkins has signed on loan until the end of the season.

Perkins, a talented former Rochdale midfielder who missed out on playing against County in the play-off final due to suspension (and then turned down the Hatters a few months later), was unable to settle down south and wanted a return to the north-west after a loan spell at Chesterfield.

Johnson and Swailes failed to gain a first-team berth at Dons and so were let go from their contracts – both have signed 6 month deals with the Hatters.

Partridge, who County fans may remember tearing us apart for Chester in a 2-1 defeat at EP in our 2008 promotion season with two goals, has signed a loan deal that will run until the end of the season BUT does contain a recall clause.

Meanwhile, strong striker Jabo Ibehre has also joined from MK Dons on an emergency 28-day loan that can be extended.

Wow. Talk about busy day.

To make it simpler, Danny Swailes and Richie Partridge are both OUR players now. The other three are simple loan deals that will expire and see them return to their parent club come the end of the season. Or in Ibehre’s case, a month’s time (unless extended.) It is reported that Perkins is on a loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer.


6 Replies to “Deals Agreed For FIVE Signings”

  • Wow. Chuffed. Hope they’re sorted for tomorrow. Never thought I’d be saying this, but the match BETTER be on.

  • Perkins is the one I am looking forward to seeing most. A great addition. Maybe there is still a small chance we can cling onto L1 status.

  • Perkins gave Swindon the runaround at the County Ground last season. I imagine they were all signed in time but I hope they were not!

  • Great signings no doubt, but whats the point in staying up if we wont exist come April??? I really can’t see any deal being completed with the Melrose lot – they hav’nt got any money – the Council have got to buy the new Mayoral limo so thats them out and with no other bidders on the cards its curtains!!!!!!!!!! Cant see BK coming in after all the hasssle so its Ashton Utd – whats it like to see a crowd??

  • We are not quite at the end of the line yet. The last thing we will hear is an appeal to the fans to donate money. I believe there are a small number of wealthy County fans, who together with many more modest contributions could buy the club…. the problem then is we need to have an ace off Mr Kennedy otherwise we will have a budget for a Conference club and that is where we would head to in a year or two or three.

    So, my prediction is we will survive and be out of admin before the season ends. We will be relegated. Its all about whether we get support from Kennedy AND the Council and are able to compete as a L2 club.

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