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We've had some news on the striker front today. Firstly, Eli Sam has cancelled his contract to pursue opportunities elsewhere. By the sounds of it, we won't be seeing him in England again. I can't say I really blame him given the lack of minutes here. He was really unlucky to get injured just as the goals were flowing this season though. All the best to him, shame we didn't quite get the best out of him. 

https://www.nottscountyfc.co.uk/news/2022/june/elisha-sam-departs-010622/

And the new arrival is Macauley Langstaff from Gateshead, who scored 32 goals last season. Sounds a similar type of player to Kristian Dennis from what I've heard. It's good to see us signing promising players on their way up, just hope he's more Cal Roberts than Sean Canham. 

https://www.nottscountyfc.co.uk/news/2022/june/macaulay-langstaff-signs-010622/

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I’m actually quite disappointed to see Sam go, it felt like finally something was just clicking for him. He had that great month where he won the NL PotM. And then sadly he didn’t feature that much in the last leg of games but I've been impressed by his improvement and thought next season he’d feature in the team more.

That’s a name from the past! Sean Canham jumped from the Southern Prem to League 2, and unfortunately it showed!

As for Langstaff it seems the natural progression for him considering he finished as the top scorer in the NL North. It’ll be a big ask to get 30 goals again, but I’m looking forward to see what he can do. Apparently he’s very fast, not the same type of players as Woots so (assuming he’s off) I wonder if we’ll try and sign someone else similar to him. That would give us 4 strikers going into next season alongside Knight & Mitchell (who are also pretty quick too!)

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I think Sam had a lot of talents, some of them under-utilised, but he never threatened to give consistent performances and really be the top striker at the club. While he was a good option from the bench as a bit of a chaos effect, the reality is that not many would be confident going into a season with Sam as the no.1 striker. You can see that in the clamber to find an adequate replacement for Wootton as we've known he's going for a while. Ardley clearly didn't rate him; he even preferred Jimmy Knowles to him, which was quite an insult. Burchnall used him more, but primarily as backup/ impact sub.

I'm estimating that Sam wasn't on peanuts, and probably on quite a wedge. Whilst I did like him as a player, if he was on what I anticipate, I think it'd be better spent elsewhere. 

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sam had to go, he never really got a chance and just seemed unlikely to be what we needed. i did like him, tho we can do better. he was probably on a good wage which would seem a waste, the player in i have no idea. well the wing back, but the striker sounds promising.

i am hoping lewis knight can keep injury free and chip in.

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