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Re: Dom Ballard

by Snowflake Royal » 11 Sep 2023 12:33

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Hound Was that basically what Carroll was?

I’d have ideally had someone else like Smith, young but plenty of experience on a free. Granted not too easy to find

I was thinking someone with a record of scoring 10 goals in a season within the last decade.


Well yes Madine did scrape together 10 goals in a season about the time Carroll scored 9 in the prem

Their scoring records appear to be pretty similar otherwise tbh

Not saying Blyth's choice was good. :P

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by YorkshireRoyal99 » 11 Sep 2023 17:06

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Yep, we should be but I’d still take a punt on someone like Gary Madine and give him a one year deal. I just think because we mostly have young forwards we could do with an older pro who knows this league.


Based on that we could have potentially tried to convince Shane Long for another 12 months before retiring. Granted those conversations may have happened during the off season.

Thought it was fairly clear we had those conversations with Long and Walcott.

Long was like Carroll though. Hadn't really scored goals in years.


I didn't know it did with Long, I thought he was just hanging up his boots. Aware of the Walcott interest though.

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Re: Dom Ballard

by Hound » 11 Sep 2023 18:00

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Well yes Madine did scrape together 10 goals in a season about the time Carroll scored 9 in the prem

Their scoring records appear to be pretty similar otherwise tbh

Not saying Blyth's choice was good. :P


Fair enough - you did say that sort of signing - thought you were agreeing

But an experienced goal scorer would have been ok. Just don’t think anyone who doesn’t run around a lot suits Selles

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Re: Dom Ballard

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Well yes Madine did scrape together 10 goals in a season about the time Carroll scored 9 in the prem

Their scoring records appear to be pretty similar otherwise tbh

Not saying Blyth's choice was good. :P


Fair enough - you did say that sort of signing - thought you were agreeing

But an experienced goal scorer would have been ok. Just don’t think anyone who doesn’t run around a lot suits Selles

I didn't stop to check his record tbf

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Re: Dom Ballard

by Snowflake Royal » 16 Sep 2023 17:39

Looks great.


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Re: Dom Ballard

by blythspartan » 07 Dec 2023 18:04

Just wondering with Ballard’s season ending injury, paying the tax bill and J Clarke going out on loan if we are looking to sign a new striker.

I’d be happy with a free agent who has league one/two or National League experience. Someone in the mould of the Eastleigh strikers would suit me.

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Re: Dom Ballard

by WestYorksRoyal » 07 Dec 2023 18:30

blythspartan Just wondering with Ballard’s season ending injury, paying the tax bill and J Clarke going out on loan if we are looking to sign a new striker.

I’d be happy with a free agent who has league one/two or National League experience. Someone in the mould of the Eastleigh strikers would suit me.

All related to takeover activity. If Dai hasn’t agreed a sale by January, we'll see plenty of transfer activity but not players coming in.

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Re: Dom Ballard

by Clyde1998 » 07 Dec 2023 21:04

blythspartan Just wondering with Ballard’s season ending injury, paying the tax bill and J Clarke going out on loan if we are looking to sign a new striker.

I’d be happy with a free agent who has league one/two or National League experience. Someone in the mould of the Eastleigh strikers would suit me.

Jahmari Clarke is only out on loan for two months (28 Jan) initially. I imagine he'll be considered for the first team if he does well at Boreham Wood.

I'd imagine Ballard will have his loan terminated by Southampton in January, allowing us to get another striker in.

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Re: Dom Ballard

by Stranded » 08 Dec 2023 08:03

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blythspartan Just wondering with Ballard’s season ending injury, paying the tax bill and J Clarke going out on loan if we are looking to sign a new striker.

I’d be happy with a free agent who has league one/two or National League experience. Someone in the mould of the Eastleigh strikers would suit me.

Jahmari Clarke is only out on loan for two months (28 Jan) initially. I imagine he'll be considered for the first team if he does well at Boreham Wood.

I'd imagine Ballard will have his loan terminated by Southampton in January, allowing us to get another striker in.


Clarke has definitely gone out with an eye on getting him regular minutes in case he is needed come the end of Jan. I would imagine there was a clasuse in the Ballard loan which means he is already back at Soton - we have no idea how much, if any, of his wages we were paying, so impossible to tell how much room we'll have now in the budget - so I'm not expecting a direct replacement.

If Clarke does well and comes back fit it may add fuel to the idea that we will cash in on Vickers in Jan to get some additional funding in.


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Re: Dom Ballard

by Snowflake Royal » 08 Dec 2023 08:38

Clarke and Vickers are completely different types of players and would perform very different roles in the team. So that doesn’t make much sense to me.

We only have Smith and Ehibhatiomhan to lead the line now, which is exceptionally light on options. So it makes a lot of sense to try to get Clarke competitive games.

Especially as this season is proving that lack of experience in senior football is the biggest factor in our on field performances.

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Re: Dom Ballard

by morganb » 08 Dec 2023 10:29

Also Clarke wasn't first choice for the Unders - Wareham and Wellens see to be above him in the pecking order - though his possibly more experienced as he's been out on loan before. Another loan is probably a good thing for all involved.

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Re: Dom Ballard

by Stranded » 14 Jun 2024 17:46

Probably nothing but he posted a picture from a car parked up at the SCL today.

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Re: Dom Ballard

by Clyde1998 » 14 Jun 2024 18:11

Stranded Probably nothing but he posted a picture from a car parked up at the SCL today.

Could range from him just picking up some things he left behind or getting him in on loan again.


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Re: Dom Ballard

by Linden Jones' Tash » 14 Jun 2024 18:26

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Stranded Probably nothing but he posted a picture from a car parked up at the SCL today.

Could range from him just picking up some things he left behind or getting him in on loan again.


You should work for the BBC....

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Re: Dom Ballard

by WestYorksRoyal » 14 Jun 2024 18:42

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Stranded Probably nothing but he posted a picture from a car parked up at the SCL today.

Could range from him just picking up some things he left behind or getting him in on loan again.

Or buying the club?

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Re: Dom Ballard

by Clyde1998 » 14 Jun 2024 18:50

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Stranded Probably nothing but he posted a picture from a car parked up at the SCL today.

Could range from him just picking up some things he left behind or getting him in on loan again.


You should work for the BBC....

Glad I can provide as much clarity as the BBC. 8)

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Re: Dom Ballard

by Brogue » 17 Jun 2024 09:01

people on twitter saying his sister works at a clinic or something like that at the hotel. and there was a staff party, he went to pick her up the next morning.

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Re: Dom Ballard

by PlasticRoyal » 09 Jul 2024 20:25

He was the special guest giving out the medals and trophies at my grass roots club end of season prize giving.

Said hello and asked how his leg was coming along wished him well for new season and he did say it could be back at reading.

Friendly banter, or something more....time will tell!

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Re: Dom Ballard

by Stranded » 09 Jul 2024 21:45

Rumour being reported from the Saints side on Twitter now and Mbengue has liked a tweet about the move.

Also linked with bringing in Sam Amo-Ameyaw from Saints too. Player Selles gave a debut to as a 16yo when there.

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Re: Dom Ballard

by Sutekh » 10 Jul 2024 05:47

Stranded Rumour being reported from the Saints side on Twitter now and Mbengue has liked a tweet about the move.

Also linked with bringing in Sam Amo-Ameyaw from Saints too. Player Selles gave a debut to as a 16yo when there.


Interesting. 17 (18 next week) yr old Sam is a winger/no. 10 so, if any good, would be good competition in a key area. Played once in the PL and thrice in the Championship.

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