Date: 16th June 2017 at 5:27pm
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There are a lot of players being released from their clubs, some quality ones because of incoming players, changing of managers or promotion/relegation, or just for the sake of sprucing things up. Like every other club, we are losing players irrespective by choice or not, but should we worry? Nah! So let’s take a look at some of the Bosmans out there that could replace the likes of Meredith and fill in some of the gaps.

Dean Moxey, 31 – Released by Bolton
Moxey is a left sided defender that is both comfortable at either left back and on the left wing, having been released by Bolton after promotion, Moxey could be seen as a perfect replacement for Meredith, and his experience could be valuable for City. 22 games for Bolton this past season and playing regular Premiership football as recently as 3 years ago with Crystal Palace, could Dean Moxey be the perfect answer to the gap left by Meredith? The more I think about Moxey, the more I think that this would be an ideal signing.

Aidan White, 25 – Released by Barnsley
Another possible replacement for Meredith, White can play left back and left wing, boasting some decent pedigree. Made over 60 league appearances for Leeds United and achieved the record of fastest goal in open play against Everton in 2012/13. Young player of the year in 2009/10. It was only last year that White won the Football League Trophy and League one play off final with Barnsley. He’s a local lad that has won silverware and claiming experience of Championship football. Definitely worth a look.

Jordan Botaka, 23 – Released by Leeds United
The Wizard as he is affectionately called due his trickery and skill with the ball and his quick feet is a current DR Congo international. The winger/forward has spent the past season on loan to Charlton so is familiar with League 1. Having been a Leeds player for the past 2 seasons, he wouldn’t have to move far to join up with the Bantams. Botaka could give the Bantams some much needed pace and could compliment Wyke and Jones very nicely.

Joe Martin, 28 – Released by Millwall
Martin has now won promotion a couple of times, Millwall and with Blackpool so is familiar with fighting at the top of the table. Back in 2012/13, Martin earned a spot in the PFA League 2 team of the year. A defender, Joe could make a great squad player providing fierce competition for places.

Sammy Ameobi, 25 – Released by Newcastle
Ameobi has played for some decent clubs such as Cardiff and Middlesbrough. What could make this a possible signing is that Sammy has been on loan at Bolton this past season so a drop to league 1 wouldn’t be that farfetched and could be seen as a bit of a coup. Could we see the winger in the amber and claret, would we have a chance to be able to attract his attention? With some funds coming in from Wells and possibly Wisdom, could City grind out a deal?

Lawrie Wilson, 29 – Released by Bolton
Another first team regular released by Bolton, this right back/midfielder would nicely fill a gap in the back 4, and with his flexibility can provide cover in midfield. 26 appearances to his name with Bolton this past season, Wilson has tasted promotion both with Bolton and Stevenage. Lawrie also boasts Championship experience with Rotherham and Charlton.

Niall McGinn, 29 – Released by Aberdeen
McGinn can play as both winger and striker, a current Northern Ireland international could prove a shrewd signing. The 6ft tall forward has won a bit of silverware with most clubs he has played for, player of the month awards and PFAI young player of the year award in 2008. McGinn’s 13 goals helped Aberdeen to runner up spot this year in the SPL.

Jon McLaughlin, 29 – Released by Burton
I’d have him back. McLaughlin is a decent keeper and I was very surprised when I saw Burton releasing him. Jon’s career has gone in a single direction since leaving City, and that is forward. A lot more experienced and mature than the keeper we knew, and experienced at Championship level, it would be a good move if we re-signed him. He might have left City on a sour note, but we have new chairmen and manager. Could we tempt him back?

Tom Thorpe, 24 – Released by Rotherham
Who remembers Tom Thorpe, we had him on loan under Parkinson, and again Parkinson had him on loan this past season at Bolton. Thorpe isn’t a bad defender and at only 24 years old, is a player we can look at developing, he would definitely provide competition for the back 4.

Kieron Freeman, 25 – Contracted to Sheffield United
OK, I accept Kieron is not a Bosman, but could be a player worth looking at. Freeman might cost a small fee to buy outright, but after promotion to the Championship, McCall would have nothing to lose asking about a loan deal as the South Yorkshire club look to strengthen in all positions. Although a defender, Freeman has scored 11 times in 2016/17, this was exceptional taking his career goals to 15 since 2011. At 25 Freeman is at a great age with 1 eye on long term and already amassing nearly 200 games in all competitions. McCall could do a lot worse than asking his past employers about the availability of Kieron.

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