Exeter City

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Round 28

2022-01-22 15:00:00 More Previews
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2021/2022

Exeter City

In


Cameron Dawson (Goalkeeper, Sheffield Wednesday, Season-long loan); Harry Lee (Goalkeeper, youth); Scott Brown (Goalkeeper, Port Vale); Callum Rowe (Defender, Aston Villa); George Ray (Defender, Tranmere Rovers); Josh Coley (Midfielder, Maidenhead United); Timothee Dieng (Midfielder, Southend United); Jevani Brown (Attacker, Colchester United); Sam Nombe (Attacker, Milton Keynes); Sonny Cox (Attacker, youth)

Out


Jack Arthur (Goalkeeper, Bideford, Loan); Jökull Andrésson (r) (Goalkeeper, Reading, Loan ended); Jonny Maxted (sp) (Goalkeeper, Northampton Town); Lewis Ward (Goalkeeper, Swindon Town); Cheick Diabate (Defender, Truro City, Loan); Lewis Page (sp) (Defender, Harrogate Town); Rory McArdle (r) (Defender, Harrogate Town); Tom Parkes (sp) (Defender, Livingston); Will Dean (Defender, released); Jake Taylor (r) (Midfielder, Stevenage); Lewis Wilson (Attacker, released); Louis Morison (Midfielder, released); Noah Smerdon (Midfielder, released); Randell Williams (k) (Midfielder, Hull City); Robbie Willmott (sp) (Midfielder, Newport County, Loan ended); Alex Fisher (sp) (Attacker, released); Nicky Ajose (Attacker, released); Ryan Bowman (k) (Attacker, Shrewsbury Town)

Randell Williams move to Hull City this summer was the first of a number of key players to leave Exeter City. The Grecians are just one of a whole host of lower league clubs who struggle to hold on to their better players and, whilst Williams’ departure was expected, the sale of striker and leading goalscorer Ryan Bowman was more of a surprise and comes as a big blow. It is likely to get worse too before the transfer window closes at the end of August. Winger Joel Randall was outstanding last season and has a number of suitors. Full-back Josh Key is also a target for Sunderland and they will be latest graduates from the impressive youth system at St James Park, following in the footsteps of Matt Grimes, Ollie Watkins, Ethan Ampadu and Ben Chrisene. Manager Matt Taylor might be a pragmatist but losing his best players does not help his task of mounting another promotion challenge. Not making the play-offs last season having suffered the pain of losing in the previous three finals at Wembley might’ve been something of a blessing in disguise He still has work to do in the transfer market, adding to the additions already made in midfielders Josh Coley and Timothee Dieng from Maidenhead United and Southend United respectively. Both look to be shrewd signings whilst striker Jevani Brown has plenty to prove after leaving Colchester United.

Target


Play-offs. Whether it’s a realistic target remains to be seen as Taylor continues to work against the odds.

Season Review
2020/2021

№9: Exeter City

Another club who have been hit hard by the global Covid-19 pandemic are Exeter City. The 'points per game' method used to decide the 2019/20 season saw the Grecians miss out on automatic promotion to bitter local rivals Plymouth Argyle and they were then thrashed 4-0 by Northampton Town in the League 2 play-off final at Wembley. Matt Taylor began his third season as manager with several talented youngsters, including midfielder Matt Jay, who enjoyed his best season so far, outscoring striker Ryan Bowman to finish as leading goalscorer with 17 goals. It was a breakthrough season for left-winger Joel Randall, who looks like an outstanding prospect and was sorely missed as a hamstring injury ended his campaign early. Injury also struck right-winger Randell Williams, who missed the second-half of the season with a leg fracture. Those absences proved costly as the team flirted with the play-off places for most of the campaign, yet never committing fully to the relationship. Taylor constantly changed the team as a consequence of the unprecedented schedule and whilst the players may well have been fatigued, it certainly affected results. Goals dried up at just the wrong time in April and they fell just three points short of the play-offs, finishing in 9th place. Jay, Randall and Williams will have suitors this summer and the Grecians will struggle to hold on to them. Taylor will be looking to the likes of full-back Josh Key, centre-back Alex Hartridge, wing-back Jack Sparkes and midfielder Archie Collins as he looks to build another team capable of challenging for promotion next season.


Player of the Season: Joel Randall

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