NEW GULL PROFILE
Danny Burnell – @dannyburnell_92
Gulls’ fans were treated to a flurry of transfer activity on ‘insert adjective here’ Thursday. Whilst many of the Yellow Army are on their summer holidays, Messrs Johnson & Downes have been working hard behind the scenes to assemble a squad worthy of taking to the hollowed Plainmoor turf.
The first of the five signings was announced at 6.30 prompt, resulting in a glut of social media activity. I take a look at new signing Ryan Hanson from Dover.
The Dover born Midfielder was picked up by Crystal Palace at an early age, and continued to progress through the ranks at Selhurst Park until his late-teens. After failing to make a breakthrough in South London, Hull City came calling, and in the summer of 2019 made the switch North in the hope of more first team opportunities. He became an integral part of the 19/20 Tigers’ U23 squad, where they enjoyed a fairly successfully season in a COVID hit campaign.
Hanson’s first taste of Men’s football came when his home-town club took the Hull youngster in November 2020. He appeared 7 times for the Whites that campaign, obviously leaving a lasting impression on the management, as the club signed the Midfielder permanently that following summer after his release from Humberside. An injury-hit start to the season limited Ryan to just 65 minutes of football in the first 11 games, but played every minute of the next 19 matches, including both fixtures over the Gulls. He was handed the captaincy at just 21 years of age. Ironically, the first match he would captain his home town team would be in the 1-3 home defeat to the rampant Yellows. He suffered injuries late on in Dover’s rather forgetful campaign, but remained skipper whilst in the side. The defensive minded Midfielder scored 2 in 26 last term.
As mentioned above, his qualities appear to indicate a more defensively minded player, breaking up play, robust tackling and the like. Can hit a pass by the looks of it, and did manage goals in defeats at Southend and Woking.
Previous Clubs: Crystal Palace, Hull, Dover
Most/Least Likely To
Most Likely To
In Football Manager speak, Be deployed as a ‘Ball Winning Midfielder’. Transfermarkt lists him as a DM/CB.
Have a shot from range!
Play in a 2/3 man midfield with more attack minded players. Will allow the more flair players freedom to roam and support the strikers.
Be compared to Lapslie…..
Fill in at centre back when required. Played a number of games there last season.
Least Likely To
Carry on his captain duties.
Be our source of goals.
It’s nice to sign a player who was regarded as ‘one of the best’ at his previous club, albeit a team that finished miles off the pace. Certainly has a good footballing pedigree, and shone in a very poor side. Shows maturity beyond his years being given the captaincy at just 21 years of age. Can imagine a few NL clubs were sniffing around, so looks a solid signing in all! And we paid a fee!
COYY – Danny
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