@ExGulls gives his latest monthly update on ex-Gulls
For the first time on one of our ex-Gulls reports, we’re looking at some of the action which has been happening on the pitch with the season starting in the Premier League and Football League. From former loan stars hitting the ground running on the international scene to former players who struggled to make an impact at Plainmoor, now finding there stride elsewhere. There have of course been some transfers with a few international moves on the books as well.
September has been a fantastic month for striker Kieffer Moore, finding the back of the net on 3 separate occasions. The Welshman has been heavily involved in the Wales national team setup since the arrival of Ryan Giggs has netted his 3rd goal for The Dragons in their Nations League Group game away to Finland. Moore has now scored in each away game he has played for his nation.
Last month he secured a move to Championship side Cardiff City and has made a big impact, scoring a brace against Nottingham Forest in a 2-0 away win at the City Ground. Moore is set to be a key part of Neil Harris’ team as they look to push for the play-offs.
One member of last seasons loan brigade from Bristol City, Robbie Cundy, scored his first goal for his new side Cambridge United. Making his debut for Cambridge he scored the only goal as they knocked Birmingham City out of the Carabao Cup.
Cundy only managed to score once for Torquay, against Chorley F.C. whilst on loan last season and will be hoping to get a solid amount of games under his belt in League 2.
Former midfielder Joss Labadie managed to get himself onto the score-sheet for Newport County this month as The Exiles’ caused a shock in the Carabao Cup knocking out Championship Watford F.C., 1-0.
Unfortunately they succumbed to Premier League side Newcastle United in the next round, as they looked to start yet another cup run. Labadie has also found himself in the book on a couple of occasions as well.
More news, which has come out of Newport County, is the confirmation of forward Adebayo Azeez being released by mutual consent. Azeez had a brief loan spell last season but it was cut short due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
TIVERTON TOWN – LEWINGTON AND FLETCHER
Ladysmead looks to have a competitive battle for top striker as both Jared Lewington and Alex Fletcher have had strong starts to their seasons.
Lewington has found the back of the net on 2 occasions already; one of those goals came in a 2-1 victory of Bideford Town in the F.A. Cup, whilst Alex Fletcher gave himself a strong start to the season, after signing permanently, scoring a hat-trick on the opening day of the Southern League South Division season against Wimborne Town.
It’s safe to say that Andre Wright’s return to Plainmoor under Gary Owers has probably been forgotten by a lot of fans but he’s a player who has found a new lease of life over in the Republic of Ireland. After a brief spell in the National League North with Gloucester City he made the move over the Irish Sea joining Bohemians F.C. He’s managed to find the back of the net on 5 occasions already this season including 2 goals this month against Sligo Rovers and a late winner against Derry City.
Another striker who has made a move abroad is Rhys Healey who seems to be enjoying life in the south of France. He’s already managed to score his first goal in Ligue 2 as The Violets beat Auxerre to secure their first win of the season. Healey is still waiting for his first start but he’s making an impact each time he comes off the bench.
The first transferred ex-Gull we’ll be looking at is striker Shaquile Coulthirst. The former Tottenham Hotspur trainee has been on the books at Barnet F.C. for the last few seasons but decided he wanted a new challenge away from The Hive.
After a trial with Leyton Orient during preseason, Coulthirst has landed himself a deal with Barnet’s local rivals Boreham Wood and could start a deadly partnership with Kabongo Tshimanga if he can find his feet at Meadow Park.
Another move involving a National League club sees right-back Daniel Leadbitter join Yeovil Town on a season-long loan from Newport County. The defender’s move to Wales hasn’t been what he was hoping for only registering 3 appearances in League 2 during the 2019/20 season and will be looking for some much needed game time at Huish Park.
Arguably the most interesting transfer involving and ex-Gull this month is the move of attacking midfielder Amrit Bansal-McNulty joining Serie C side Como 1907 from Queens Park Rangers.
He had a couple of loan spells with Dartford F.C. after his stint at Plainmoor but the management at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium feels that Bansal-McNulty is ready for his next move, which sees him on loan in Lombardy.
Moving States side, defender Alex Davey has been traded to Florida outfit Tampa Bay Rowdies from Hartford Athletic. Well liked by the Hartford fans, Davey has yet to be named in a match day squad for the Rowdies, who’ve recently qualified for the USL Championship play-offs.
Finally, we finish off with a former manager Neil Warnock who tested positive for COVID-19 missing Middlesbrough’s 1-1 draws against A.F.C. Bournemouth and Queens Park Rangers. Thankfully the 71-year-old legend of the Football League made a full recovery and has returned to work.