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There are five teams that seem to be fancied for promotion, those being us, Wrexham, Southend, Chestefield, and Grimsby.

Wrexham I think will be the favourites but I could see them struggling at first.

I expect Chesterfield to be a stronger outfit, they have turned a corner and should do well IMO.

What are your thoughts on the promotion contenders for this season?

 

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I also think Wrexham won't have it all that plain-sailing, I can easily see them starting off awkwardly but improving as Christmas approaches. I don't think this season will be promotion for just one team, well, I mean, I don't think one club will run away with it.

I think Yeovil might do better than some expect, with Eastleigh being a team who could flirt with the top places.

These two should be in the mix with the play-offs.

I think Chesterfield might be the dark horse of the season, I just have this feeling that they'll be a team in the running for the first place.

Grimsby might struggle, they have a good enough squad to do well, but I think there's a few issues that they need to resolve in order to be decent on the pitch.

As for Notts, it all depends on how they start - if our confidence is high, and we start well.

I think momentum will build positively, if we can retain a place between 1st-5th - I think we could really push on this season. The return of Meadow Lane for fans, mixed with that feeling we can go one step further. It will be crucial.

Yet as I say, I don't think it will be a single team. Most likely between us and 3 others.

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Still a lot of signings to be made. Wrexham are rumoured to be adding another 2+ 'marquee' signings on top of Mullin. 

 

As it stands, Stockport have signed well and I expect will be strong. Grimsby and Southend looked to have done good business, but I've not looked into it properly. Not forgetting that there is bound to be at least 1 dark horse; nobody expected or predicted Sutton, Harrogate or Barrow to be going up, but they're all in L2. 

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I will release a full predictions video on my channel in the coming weeks. 

At the moment I think us and Stockport are looking good. Wrexham have the strike force (Mullin and Hyde) but I don't think they have the squad. Dan Jarvis and Luke Young are good but they need improvements elsewhere. Brisley and Lennon does not inspire me with confidence in defence.

Southend won't be near the promotion places in my opinion. There is still a lot of things wrong with the club behind the scenes. Grimsby will do better I feel, battling in and around the play-offs. Paul Hurst knows this division, however their transfer business has been inconsistent. Ben Fox, Erico Sousa and Adam Crookes are decent but Shaun Pearson and Ryan Taylor are players I've never rated.

Chesterfield could be in the mix again but I dont they'll have enough to crack the top 3. Rowe did well getting them up the table last season. Signing Jack Clarke permanently is a good piece of business but think their midfield needs improvement further back from the CAM spot (where Clarke will play). Don't rate their defence much tbf.

Torquay have lost key players but they are good at buying under 23 players who didn't get a look in at clubs in the top two divisions and they take them on and improve them. They've also managed to keep Lemonheigh-Evans, Lewis, Little, Andrews with Danny Wright and Asa Hall adding to a strong spine.

Boreham Wood look decent and will have a lot of energy from midfield in Rees and Raymond. Mendy may be a smart signing too. They've kept Tshimanga as well for the time being. Bromley improved towards the back end of last season, especially in defence. Andy Woodman made them difficult to beat and they should do well again this time around. Solihull under Neal Ardley could be quite intriguing. They've tried to change their style over the last few seasons now but it hasn't got going. They could be a great match for each other and Harry Boyes and Ryan Barnett are good signings.

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I think the biggest set back for any team in the running, is being unable to retain their key players once the EFL transfer window opens up.

Its not usually an issue for Notts.

Wrexham should cope with this and if they have any COVID outbreaks, I think they'll be in the running personally.

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