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Who will he Buy? Part Four

By: Richard Hubbert
Date: 08/06/2003

LAST week, we scoured and debated any possible Mariners signings from the 586 free agents this summer, but in another edition of "who will he buy?" we now take a closer look at some more realistic targets for Paul Groves.

Danny Invincible
Danny Invincible

The Facts
Right midfielder who can also play in up front. His main assets are his pace and determination to take players on. Has left Swindon searching for a better club and a better contract, in the hope that he will be considered for the Australian national team. Thought of very highly and at the end of April was reportedly being tracked by Oldham and Aberdeen, but speculation over his future has gone quiet since. Scored 8 goals for the Robins last season.

Is a move likely?
Would be the kind of player that would interest Groves : he can play in a two different positions - two positions Town need to fill - and can score a goal or two division two level. However, doubts remain over whether he would be interested in a move to Town.
Likeliness Rating: 3

Mike Sheron
Mike Sheron

The Facts
Vastly experienced forward who has been given a free transfer by Barnsley due to their financial restraints. Has played at Manchester City, Norwich, Stoke and QPR - scoring over 100 goals in the process.

Is a move likely?
Age is not really on his side, at 31, however, he could be the experienced forward that Paul Groves is looking for, especially if he dispenses with the services of Steve Livingstone. Would certainly be a useful player to have in the squad, but he is supposedly wanted by Blackpool.
Likeliness Rating: 4

John O'Kane
John O'Kane

The Facts
29 year old defender who can play at right back or at centre back. Started his career at Manchester United, before earning a £250,000 move to Everton in 1998. Has spent the past couple of seasons at Blackpool under Steve McMahon, but was in out of the team last season.

Is a move likely?
Possible, especially if John McDermott leaves the club when Groves probably will want to sign some sort of replacement. The fact that he can also play at centre back is also an added bonus - neither would he cost too much in the way of wages.
Likeliness Rating: 2

Aidan Davison
Aidan Davison

The Facts
A player Town fans know all about. Goalkeeper who played between the posts in Towns fantastic 1997/98 season - but left after a contract dispute with boss Alan Buckley. Has since had spells at Sheffield United and Bradford.

Is a move likely?
IF Danny Coyne moves on, which is looking more likely with Coventry and Burnley interested, then a move for Davison would not be out of the question. Groves is a personal friend of Davison, and so long as personal terms could be agreed, he could make a return - but it all depends on the future of Coyne.
Likeliness Rating: 5

Gus Uhlenbeek
Gus Uhlenbeek

The Facts
32 year old right back with tremendous pace, who was born in Paramaribo. Has a wealth of experience, playing at Ajax, Ipswich, Fulham, Sheffield United, Walsall and Bradford, who released him last month.

Is a move likely?
Like Davison, any deal depends entirely on the future of existing Town players. If John McDermott goes then the door opens for players like Uhlenbeek. If Macca stays, then no deal will be done. However, should Town be searching for a right back, Uhlenbeek would fit the bill, depending on whether he would be willing to play in the second division on lower wages.
Likeliness Rating: 3


5 Distinct possibility of signing
4 Depends on wages and willingness to move
3 Might need lots of persuasion to sign any contract
2 May be willing to move, but will Town be interested?
1 Long shot

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