There has been nothing to cheer so far for Macc fans since the transfer window opened on January 1st. So far it has been a time of departures from the Moss, with Nathan Blissett making a permanent switch to promotion chasing Solihull Moors and Malachi Napa returning his parent club, Oxford United.
Other clubs have not been so quiet, and the headline transfers so far include:
There was an early if not unexpected blow for Exeter City fans as their top scorer Jayden Stockley departed the club, with a £750,000 transfer fee paid by Championship side Preston North End for the prolific frontman. Stockley will be a big loss for the Devon side. The 25-year-old, who was the leading scorer in England’s top four leagues in 2018, has signed a 4-year deal at Preston. He has notched 16 goals already this season.
Exeter City though moved quickly to replace him, with the signing of Ryan Bowman from Motherwell for an undisclosed fee. The former Gateshead player, who moved to the Scottish Premiership in 2016 and scored 14 goals in 86 games, was out of contract in the summer.
Cheltenham Town have also bagged themselves a striker, with the capture of Tyrone Barnett from Port Vale, on a free transfer. The forward, 33, joined the Robins on a half-season loan deal in August and has made 20 League Two appearances for the Gloucestershire side so far this term. Barnett will be a familiar name to Macc supporters, having played for us in the 2010/11 season.
Tranmere Rovers have signed a few players, including experienced midfielder David Perkins from Rochdale, for an undisclosed fee. Now 36, Perkins won the League 1 title last season with Wigan Athletic and will add some steel and creativity to the Rovers side.
There have been a few other moves:
Connor Simpson [Preston North End – Carlisle United] Loan
Tom Dallison [Falkirk – Crawley Town] Free
Ricky German [Hendon – Crawley Town] Undisclosed
Cameron Pring [Bristol City – Cheltenham Town] Loan
Shawn McCoulsky [Bristol City – Forest Green Rovers] Undisclosed
Nathan McGinley [Middlesbrough – Forest Green Rovers] Undisclosed*
Ludvig Ohman [IF Brommapojkarna – Grimsby Town] Undisclosed
Paul McKay [Cardiff City – Morecambe] Loan
Vashon Neufville [West Ham United – Newport County] Loan
George Cox [Brighton and Hove Albion – Northampton Town] Loan
Ben Barclay [Brighton and Hove Albion – Notts County] Loan
Jim O’Brien [Bradford City – Notts County] Free
Kevin van Veen [Northampton Town – Scunthorpe United] Undisclosed
Mohamed Sylla [Entente SSG – Oldham Athletic] Undisclosed
Ben House [Reading – Swindon Town] Loan
Canice Carroll [Brentford – Swindon Town] Loan
Ishmael Miller [Oldham Athletic – Tranmere Rovers] Free
Harvey Gilmour [Sheffield United – Tranmere Rovers] Undisclosed
Ritchie Sutton [Tranmere Rovers – Morecambe] Free
Jordan Smith [Nottingham Forest – Mansfield Town] Loan
Ali Koiki [Burnley – Swindon Town] Loan