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  2. If they really have offered him a 3 year deal I would be amazed if he didn't accept it. They won't want him playing reserve football however, so a loan deal somewhere seems likely. I would expect a few League 1 clubs to show interest, but we do have 3 things that might give us a chance. We're local for him, it would be easy for them to monitor his progress, and he clearly enjoyed his spell with us last season. It would be good to get him, because creative players who can score goals aren't easy to find.
  3. I have to say, since the season ended, I don't think I've been so optimistic going into the next campaign as I am now for a long time (probably 2009). New owner, great manager - both of whom really seem to care about the club - and a cautious approach to signing players which is sure to reap quality over quantity. Are you feeling optimistic this pre-season - and if so, how much so compared to other years?
  4. Out of all the players who have been offered new deals by Notts County, which one/ones do you think will have the biggest impact on the team next season? Let's hear your thoughts!
  5. 27 May is the anniversary of Notts County's 2-0 win over Tranmere Rovers in the Third Division playoff final. Tommy Johnson gave the Magpies the lead with his 20th of the season before Craig Short made sure of victory to end County's five-year stay in the third tier. What memories do you have of the day? Were you there? Let PON know!
  6. 26 May is the anniversary of when Notts went to Wembley to take on Bradford in the playoff final and sadly were denied promotion in a 2-0 defeat. Dan Hamilton opened the scoring for the Bantams just eight minutes in and, despite a Magpies fightback, Mark Stallard struck after the break to send the Yorkshire side up. What memories do you have of the day? Let PON know!
  7. Notts County owner Alan Hardy has expressed his desire to forge closer links with Nottingham Forest and praised the attitude of their young players. Jorge Grant, who Forest are looking to sign up on a three-year deal, had a successful loan spell at Meadow Lane, and Hardy believes all their academy prospects are being brought up the right way. In his weekly Nottingham Post column, he wrote: "We want to continue to strengthen links with our neighbours. "I do know that our manager, Kevin Nolan, has a good relationship with Frank McParland, their director of football. "Forest do have an abundance of excellent young players who are on our doorstep and it would be remiss of us not to explore those avenues. "There's something I greatly admire about the character of those Forest boys. They are really nice people to have around your football club and in the changing room. "They have a great work ethic, they are the last off the training pitch, they always have a smile on their face and it's just the type of people that Kevin and I like as players. "Whatever Forest do over there, they are certainly teaching them the right way." To read the rest of Alan Hardy's weekly Nottingham Post column, click here. Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans.
  8. If Notts don't continue to pursue their interest, some will say we have no ambition and show unrest for not challenging - whilst there's a minority who feel if he wanted to stay he would and therefore it's a negative that hasn't done already. It's complicated but I feel Notts must continue their chase, in the past we have given up too early. Plus if he remains at Forest, we may get him back on loan - a player know he's wanted can be a big boost for his confidence. He knows what to expect here, so I am not worried about Wigan as I doubt they'd play him anymore than Forest would.
  9. Would be great to have In back in Notts jersey.
  10. Alan Hardy has reiterated that he wants Jorge Grant back in a Notts County shirt but is unsure of Nottingham Forest's plans for the 22-year-old. The Magpies chairman is willing to fund a move for the in-demand playmaker, who scored six goals in 23 games for the Magpies after arriving on loan from the City Ground in January. However, Forest - who had the option of extending Grant's contract by another 12 months - have opted to put a three-year deal on the table, while there is also interest from Wigan Athletic. "I would love to buy Jorge because he is a quality player and a really good lad," said Hardy. "While it's great taking players on loan nothing can beat having a player on your books who lays down roots and becomes part of your long-term journey. "He was instrumental for us last season and produced some wonderful goals and football along the way. "But at this moment in time we don't know what Mark Warburton's view is. "He may well fancy him for next year and make him a part of his plans. That's something we are waiting to find out. "We would love to see him back here on loan if we cannot take him on a permanent deal. "The fans absolutely love him here, he played regularly and the way he conducted himself was fantastic. "He has that sparkle and the ability to turn a game on its head. "Jorge is obviously settled in Nottingham and that's important for a player as it allows them to concentrate on their football. "He doesn't have to worry about travelling, what hotel he is staying in and so on. "We are really pleased that Jorge is wanting to put roots down in Nottingham and hopefully we will see him back at Meadow Lane next season." Share your thoughts about this news story on Pride of Nottingham by signing up to the website, visiting the forum and joining in the chat with hundreds of fellow Notts County fans.
  11. you are probably right. if his career is about moving forward he may come to us for a season or two to develop as a player. otherwise if he wants the money or a chance at playing a division higher, i would not blame him for trying.
  12. just glad to see that the bills are sorted.
  13. the options upfront are already quite old, i can only see this happening if stead or ameobi leave.
  14. alex bruce is a good player, i cant believe hull revealed it to him like the above. also both players mentioned by chris are just as bad. i cringe at things both say during their punitary.
  15. its very sad to see what has happened to orient but that video is good. shows there is more to football.
  16. hope he gets a good season behind him, i do think he will prove his worth. just hope fans cut him some slack.
  17. part of me does think if things dont go to plan the players will moan about how different other l2 pitches are. but i do think its great to see that the club are trying to improve the standard of the pitch, just the cost for me. i think it could be spent on ways of returning profit, if we struggle or dont play as people hope it wont bring in money. neither would the scoreboard that ah mentioned. i would prefer to see the tbars improved and the service etc.
  18. I think the pitch is a bit of a luxury really for League Two. Don't get me wrong, I understand the reasons but we need to have players who can play on a good service. We struggle to find players who can play without complaining that the standard is poor throughout League Two. Also, Dean Leacock said he could never adapt from playing at Meadow Lane in comparison to the training facilities that England uses. At the end of the day professionals should be able to play on any service, so I would hope that they at least appreciate the 100k investment. Perhaps when we have a team who just look ahead to playing and are eager to take the field at grounds like Newport, Morecambe and Stevenage we may gain promotion successfully.
  19. I don't quite buy that Forest will give him a new three-year-deal, as their manager barely mentioned him and the only explanation for this to happen would be that they want money for him. Considering he's rumoured to be earning a pretty penny in comparison to what we could offer him, well I think it shows how mad Forest are when it comes to wasting resources. They want a small squad and have plenty of emerging talent. So I can see him being released, it's just a question if he will join us or not.
  20. I also liked the shirt that Danny Allsopp worn for us. I thought the use of Yellow was nice in this shirt and I loved the centred badge.
  21. Well I don't think Alan Hardy would have waited until the first game of the Spring series just to close the doors on the ladies team. He seemed very hurt by the decision when interviewed on the local news, so I think they could be both be linked in the decision. I'd also say it explains a few others things we have seen lately, yet I just hope we can move forward.
  22. We gave him the opportunity and hes delivered here at Notts County. However football is a short career and from his perspective he has to go where the money is at 22/23. I can't blame him if he stays at Forest with a new owner chucking money left, right and centre they may offer him a contract he can't turn down. Upsetting but i think we are just too small of a club for this guys quality. Agree or Disagree?
  23. Good to see that investments are being made elsewhere at Meadow Lane Sounds petty but having a good playing surface next season will be something we can be proud of.
  24. Will be disappointed when/if he signs for another team, but I'm expecting it at this point.
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