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Whilst I want to openly acknowledge that Notts requires strengthening up-top off the bat, one player I believe Ian Burchnall needs to commit to giving regular game time during the 2021/22 National League season is Lewis Knight.
Arriving at Meadow Lane from Bradford Park Avenue, the exciting forward who has a blistering amount of pace – described during his debut for the magpies by BT Sports as ‘rapid’ looked to be a real handful.
I can only imagine how effective he can become with developing further as a player and, featuring around the likes of Kyle Wootton and Elisha Sam who should only benefit the 22-year-old.
Having scored 11 goals in 15 appearances for Park Avenue, it signalled a real sign of intent by Notts to sign such as young upcoming player, but I felt slightly disappointed after his initial run of games and the appointment of Ian Burchnall that his development time seemed to be abandoned - this might’ve been due to an injury to the young striker, towards the tail end of the last campaign.
I mean, I can understand that whilst Jimmy Knowles was scoring those all-important goals that it left little space for him – especially with Knowles finding himself on the bench towards the end of last season.
But I saw something promising in Knight, that needs to be given time to come up to the level the club requires.
It’s not just due to his pace, which alone would cause a lot of those slow lanky brutes in National League trouble – his reading of the game seems to be something promising, as he found space which other players might not have drifted into.
I think with the focus being on playing quick, steady build-up football – the sheer number of knock-ons that he would be able to get onto would be exciting to see.
Plus, the formation of playing three centre-backs provides Notts that extra edge up top, that someone could really thrive from with the right level of support.
It’s clear that Ian Burchnall favours this style of play as it provides an extra body in attack, but with a strong tall striker like Kyle Wootton, a tricky winger like Callum Roberts – this would leave opposition teams having to commit players to marking them alone.
Including the new additions to the Notts ranks, such Aaron Nemane who also has a speedy reputation.
The sluggish, slow Notts of old could be a thing of the past. When you intend to play ‘pretty football’ you need players who can hang onto the ball or at least run with it, I firmly feel Lewis Knight can develop into a forward that can get those all-important goals.
Knight could be the right player to advance further with the right nurturing, being a player that could develop into a free scoring striker.
Nobody imagined that Wootton would be such a big hit at Meadow Lane, yet I can see a similar amount of hard-work and graft in Knight too.
Whether, he plays a big part in the upcoming season – it would be a waste not to give him further time to showcase what he can do. I also, don’t believe it would benefit Notts to loan him out as its clear he needs to make the step-up in order to be a success and the chances of him going out to a team above us seems slim.
If there’s one thing we know, goal scorers are hard to find and even more difficult to see do well in our famous Black & White shirts.
This is why, I feel for the promising aspects of Lewis Knights game – the only way he can improve further is to be given a chance to establish himself this upcoming season.
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Notts County's new box-to-box midfielder, Matt Palmer believes the club are going places after signing a 2-year-deal.
Palmer sees the move in the short term as gaining promotion back to the Football League, but has been attracted to the long term vision of the magpies' set by the Reedtz brothers and head coach, Ian Burchnall.
Having joined Notts County after being released by Swindon Town, who had been relegated to League Two in their last campaign - the midfielder is keen to settle within a club that is aiming to do more than just staying within a league.
Speaking about having joined Notts, Matt Palmer said: "I've looked at two ways, obviously, I wanted to come and join a place that has a long term project in place.
"I came and spoke to the gaffer, and he obviously explained the way he wants to play
"The vision of this football club, the vision of the owners and stuff like that, which was really appealing to me." the midfielder added.  
"I think it was a decision where I saw that I go somewhere for maybe a short term year, maybe somewhere they're just trying to stay in the league
"Whereas I think this club is trying to go places, obviously the short term objective is to get promotion, and then I think after that there is a long term project, which is what I want to be a part of
"Like I said the main objective this season is get promotion, but then it's a club that could probably go on again, get themselves up the league"
Before explaining: "There are teams in the championship like Luton, who have done back to back promotions. 
"So yeah, when I came in and spoke to the gaffer, I was really impressed. 
"I spoke to a few people about the way he wants to play football, and it's perfect for me. I think he'll get the best out of me. hopefully it'll work both ways." Palmer added.
Notts County continue to strengthen their team ahead of the 2021/22 National League season, having already signed major coups such as Kyle Cameron, Joel Taylor and Aaron Nemane.
"It was sort of a no-brainer to want to be a part of that, like I said other clubs maybe with what's happened with COVID, that they're maybe just trying to try to stay in the league rather than actually do something. 
"So I think when I was at Burton Albion, they put together a project, and it got them in to the championship 
"I played in the championship with them, so this is something that when I spoke to the manager, you could see that he wants to sort of go along them sort of lines, that's why I wanted to join.
"It's about getting in minutes, and hopefully I can get some in on Saturday and then build up from there."
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Notts County has continued to strengthen their promotion chasing team with the signing of experienced Football League midfielder Matt Palmer.
The 26-year-old had been made available for a free transfer after leaving Swindon Town last season.
Having appeared more than 200 times within the Football League, Palmer arrives at Meadow Lane on a 2-year-deal.
Notts County head coach, Ian Burchnall said: "We’ve brought in two very talented young midfielders in Ed Francis and Frank Vincent this summer,
"So adding someone of Matt’s experience will give us great balance in the central area" He added.
"Matt’s played more than 50 games in the Championship, around 80 in League One and nearly 100 in League Two
"He brings a lot of know-how to the squad while, at the age of 26, he still has plenty to offer in terms of development and improvement. We’re looking at him playing a similar role to Jake Reeves towards the end of last season. 
"He could play deep, but we see him more as a box-to-box midfielder who can contribute to the attacking side of the game."
Ian Burchnall has described Palmer's arrival as being 'perfect for us'.
"Matt’s got a great eye for a forward pass and will also contribute a lot when we’re looking to retain possession as he’s really comfortable with the ball and very competent technically.
"We’ve still got Lamine Kaba Sherif, William Hondermarck and Kyle Bennett on trial, and they’re all showing promise" said the head coach.
"We have the capacity to strengthen further in the midfield area should we wish to."
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Notts County has confirmed the arrival of former Manchester City and Torquay United attacking wide man Arron Nemane on a two-year-deal.
The French born 23-year-old winger arrives at Meadow Lane after the magpies successfully agreed compensation with Torquay to acquire his services.
He joins former Plainmoor team-mate Kyle Cameron, who also joined Notts after opting to start a fresh challenge.
Notts County head coach, Ian Burchnall said: "Aaron is one of the quickest players in the league,
"He’s very good one-against-one and can play as a winger in a 3-4-3, as a wing back or even as a number 10. He’s a different type of wide player to what we’ve got at the moment. 
"Aaron is direct in his running and likes to get in behind to stretch the play. He’ll add something different to our attacking patterns and will be particularly useful when we’re up against teams who are defending with a low block as we’ll need players with pace and skill to open them up." He added.
"He suffered an injury towards the end of last season and, while he’s put that behind him now, he’s going to focus on some gym work initially before joining up with the boys on the grass and being in contention for any friendlies."
Nemane believes he brings creative flair to the Notts squad, with his direct attacking player which sees him use his speed and skill to cause opposition players trouble.
"I’m as comfortable playing Maidenhead away as I was playing at Real Madrid in the Youth Champions League, It was a good experience playing against massive teams." Aaron Nemane said. 
"I’m here now, and I’ve adapted to it, we played Notts three times last season and I like their style. They struck me as a very good side, and it’s a massive club, so it was a no-brainer for me to come here.
"I’m not far off, I just need to keep working in the gym and then hopefully I’ll be back to full fitness very soon." He added.
"I can’t wait to get on the ball, take players on and create chances. 
I want to add more goals to my game, along with assists, and that’s what I’m going to try and do this season. I’ll do my best wherever the manager puts me, but I’m comfortable out wide and in more central positions. 
"We’ll just have to wait and see! I’ve played with Ed quite a few times when he played up the age groups at City, he’s technically gifted and will definitely be a good addition to the team."
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Notts County has confirmed the signing of 21-year-old, holding midfielder Ed Francis.
The magpies latest recruit arrives at Meadow Lane on a two-year-deal, after being released by League Two side Harrogate Town.
Francis is a former product of the Manchester City academy having signed his first deal with the Premier League club aged just six-years-old.
Notts County head coach, Ian Burchnall said: "Ed’s time at City gave him a tremendous education,
"He arrives here with great pedigree and experience of playing with some outstanding talent. He progressed through the ranks as a left-sided centre-back but felt, at around 6ft, he probably wasn’t quite tall enough to make it at the top in that role – hence his adaptation into a holding midfielder." He added.
"It’s the position Michael Doyle has played his entire career 
"Doyler’s had a good look at him. He’s keen to work closely with Ed and I think he can add a lot to his game by passing on some of the smaller details. In the role we want Ed to play, you’re the pivot of the whole team." 
Before further explaining: "You have to understand space, where to position yourself to receive the ball and the defensive areas to cover.
"You’re also responsible for dictating the play, so it’s a hugely important position.
"We feel Ed ticks all the boxes to do a great job for us. Positionally he’s very, very good, he’s comfortable on the ball and has a lovely left foot – as well as a good physical presence."
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Notts County's head coach Ian Burchnall has opened up on his thoughts on the teams return to training this past week.
The club is preparing to get the players match fit again, as they begin their pre-season this weekend against Coalville Town. 
Telford United, Boston United, Derby County, York City and Tamworth are all lined-up, with a potential game against National League rivals Solihull Moors.
Meanwhile, the squad has settled into the training and new signings Kyle Cameron and Joel Taylor earned praise for their work outside of the season - with Burchnall declaring 'both have obviously done a lot of work in the off-season and brought a new energy into the group'.
Magpies' Head coach, Ian Burchnall said: "You know, as much as you finish the season, 
"I think you need a break or Monday away - a couple of days, and I'm like missing being here and training with the lads. So it's great to be back with the nice weather and the players are working extremely hard. 
"So it's great fun to be back." he added.
"We want to get the kind of the ground level of fitness that's going to sustain us throughout the season. And that's really important to kind of bed that down so that the volume and the running is a lot. But in my eyes, you can do that everything with a ball, you can bring the ball in and still gain what we want physically from it and still get elements of the technical bits in as well. 
"So for me, the players are working really, really hard, but we get the ball out. And I think that also motivates you to work that little bit harder as well. So yeah, the first few days have been great."
Before explaining further: "I mean, just for them to be able to train a few days without kind of the pressure of everything being out there in the public domain. 
"Certainly we will have a few extra players and some try lists and bodies that we want to look at, in a bit more detail at the game at the weekend." He added. 
"Probably through into next week as well. Carl Roberts looks strong today. He did three, four sessions from him, you look great today. 
"We'll see how it goes on Friday. And whether or not we use him in the game this weekend. Not necessarily that important. But most important is to get a good week out, get some feedback from his body and see where he's at. But really positive today."
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Notts County has increased their transfer hunt as the magpies take on two trialists who are expected to feature in Saturday's pre-season friendly against Coalville Town.
Both players have been part of the training sessions, with head coach Ian Burchnall confirming that they're midfielders.
Summer signing Frank Vincent is currently carrying a knock, which is expected to rule him out of pre-season games for a couple of weeks. 
Notts are yet to further strengthen their midfield, after Jake Reeves departed for the Football League having joined Stevenage and assistant head coach Michael Doyle taking up more of a coaching role.
Speaking to the Nottingham Evening Post, head coach Ian Burchnall said: "We've got two in at the minute, and then we'll probably have a couple more Friday and then in the game to help us out, and also it will be for us to have a look at them.
"They're interesting players so the profiles are interesting, but they're ones that maybe we can't get as much information about them as we'd like and then you have to see them first-hand.
"They are midfielders, but we will look at maybe attacking options as well." He added.
"I mean, you take the stature of somebody like that and I thought he was an outstanding player for Torquay last season. To be able to bring him in given his age and where he is in his development, I think it's fantastic for us.
"He's going to be a really good player. Frank Vincent has come in and sadly isn't 100 per cent fit. He needs a few weeks just to recover from a knee injury.
"But I've seen enough of him to see that he's a very good football player. And again, young, ready to develop. Then we signed Joel, and he is going to give us something in that wide area."
Further adding: "He has pace, that directness, that one v one. So far I am happy with the kind of profile, the age of the players and there's going to be more to come as well."
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Notts County's latest recruit Joel Taylor has expressed his delight with signing with the magpies'.
The club returned to training this past Tuesday, with the squad heading back to Meadow Lane after a few weeks off at the end of the last campaign.
The 25-year-old wing back praised the clubs training facilities and the playing surface, as preparation begins for their pre-season games.
Speaking in relation to his first training session, Joel Taylor said: "I do like [the training facilities], 
"Very nice training ground, it's nice to play football."
Before adding: "Yeah, I mean, in pre-season, I know, it's about getting fit and getting back to match fitness. But when you're doing it with the balls, it makes our session a lot more enjoyable than just running around a pitch and whatnot. 
"So with this gaffer we can see he likes to play. So a lot of the running is done with the balls, which again, all players love doing that. So with the ball is obviously the best thing."
With a return to training, Taylor met his team-mates for the first time since signing with the club.
"Yeah. I mean, I met with the lads yesterday when I signed. 
"Well the majority of them anyway, and yeah they seemed sound - just welcomed me into the group straight off. And I feel like a part of the group already.
"I want to come here, help the team progress and get back to where they need to be, but ultimately within myself as well" He added.
"Very, very, very excited. Like I said last season, I think we played a handful of games in front of fans. 
"So getting the fans back in especially at the Meadow Lane, where it's a big crowd. So yeah, I can't wait for the fans to come back in and play in front of them."
Joel Taylor is expected to make his first appearance in a Notts County shirt, in Saturday's friendly against Coalville Town.
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Notts County head coach Ian Burchnall has spoken about adding at least four more signings to his side before the start of the 2021/22 National League season.
The magpies boss hasn't ruled out paying further transfer fees, after Notts completed the purchase of wing-back Joel Taylor from close rivals Chesterfield yesterday.
Having signed their third summer recruit, with defender Kyle Cameron first arriving and then Frank Vincent - both of which arrived as free agents. Burchnall insists that more signings are on the way, as the club once again challenges for promotion back to the Football League.
Speaking to the Nottingham Evening Post, Ian Burchnall said "We need some options in the middle.
"We know we need midfielders in and more options upfront as well. You can jump on the first thing that comes up or do we take our time and be measured and understand that it's a strange window at the moment." he added
"There's a lot of players and a lot of clubs in different situations so things have taken a bit longer than probably we thought it would.
"In an ideal world you have everybody in on day one of pre-season, but it looks like it will probably take another week or so before I feel like we're more or less done."
Further adding: "I think it really depends on the player, the circumstance and the overall package. 
"We have to take all of those pieces into consideration. So no, it's not necessarily only free transfers. We take the full package really and assess from there."
Notts County prepares for the start of their pre-season, with a trip to local side Coalville Town this Saturday.
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The off-season is a special time for many football fans. The first week is a novelty, but many of us begin wondering what exactly we do with our Saturdays now the Euros have finished. 
Such boredom drives inevitable speculation; who's off-contract, who's sought after, who are we linked with. In the era of social media and the internet, there are vast swathes of people demanding that the players who bedazzled in the league last year be signed up instantly, the galacticos of the non-league, if you will.
The thirst for these type of signings are encouraged by the endless stream of anonymous, 'in-the-know', accounts, largely on Twitter these days, who mainly throw enough mud that eventually one will stick; cue the many incorrect predictions being quickly tidied up.
For those football manager fans, my personal approach was to go heavy on the scouting, sign the best players, regardless of position, knowing they'll be good enough, or decent enough, even if not entirely in the position they like best. Reality is somewhat different.

'Philosophy' or 'club culture' are the latest buzz-words for a rather simple thing - how does the club prefer to play football. It's relatively new for us here at Notts, as our style used to change in synchronisation with our manager - roughly every 6 months (or less).
More than most clubs, the Notts pendulum used to swing from one side to the other, without so much as a pause to think about exactly what we are doing and where we are going. Derry: defensive, rigid, direct - to Moniz: attacking, fluid, reckless.
Without diving down the rabbit hole of why and how this all happened, the inevitability is that with such drastic and instantaneous changes in style, you will find yourself with players that simply don't suite the new one. 
It seems that tide has turned, however. A change of manager has brought in a change of tactics and play, but the style is largely similar.
There're no players that were well-suited to the previous manager that couldn't have done a similar job with the new one. This brings in a new factor to consider for our transfer policy - do we target players that are the best we can attract, or do we target the best players in the positions and roles that we need?
Sonny Carey. Brilliant player. Ripped us apart when we played KL. If you ignore the fact he has gone higher up the leagues, the next question is, where would we play him, or more importantly, who would you drop to play him? If we are sticking with 3-5-2, there are two striking positions and three central midfield positions.
Assuming one of those strikers will be Wootton, who plays close to him? Roberts? Rodrigues? If they're both playing, one of them (probably Rodrigues) will be the advanced man in that central 3.
You'd be very exposed if 2 of your central 3 were pretty much attacking midfielders, should you incorporate a Carey, or Carey-like player. Another name that came up regularly was Rhys Oates; primarily a winger. 
We've made 3 signings so far, and they all convey to me the same message - we know the type of player we wanted, and we've got what we think will be a good fit. A summary of what we were missing, prior to these signings:
A Michael Doyle. Left-footed, central midfielder who can dictate the game through his passing ability. Capable of the killer ball. A left-sided CB, ideally left-footed, who can step out and play with the ball at his feet. A left wing back who can attack. Chicksen is solid and technically gifted, but not a winger type. We needed a more attacking LWB to replace Miller. The three players we've signed, so far, seem to be role and positionally ideal (at least theoretically). 
The next question that naturally springs to mind is then what to expect from the further signings? For that, it's best to analyse what we have:

Noticeable is the scope for interpretation. Does 3 at the back mean this is how we line-up? Certainly not, but I've gone with more or less how we featured at the end of last season.
Secondly is just how attacking or defensive this formation varies hugely with personnel, start JOB instead of Rodrigues, Chicksen at LWB, and we all of a sudden look quite solid. Change that up and have Rodrigues, Roberts and Wootton as a quasi-front 3 with Taylor running from the wings, then we start looking dangerous, albeit a bit open. It can be assumed, I think, that those positions and players can be flexible depending on opposition or scoreline. 
For the future signings, I'm not expecting any attacking midfielders or wingers. My personal thoughts are:
Defensive-minded, or tenacious central midfielder who can still play. Neal Bishop type would be perfect. All-round central midfielder. No special leanings one way or the other. Reeves loosely could be pigeon-holed in this category. A striker to compete and at times partner Wootton. Doesn't necessarily have to be the same type as Wootton. A RWB that attacks. Brindley and DKE are solid at this level, but neither are ones to unlock defences. A backup centre back. While Brindley and Chicksen performed amicably last season, playing a back 3 with only 3 established CB's is a big risk.  Head over to the Pride of Nottingham forum to discuss this feature written by Super_Danny_Allsopp, with the community.
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Notts County has completed the signing of wing-back Joel Taylor.
The 25-year-old arrives at Meadow Lane after leaving rivals Chesterfield for an undisclosed fee, Taylor joins the magpies on a 2-year-deal.
He came through the Stoke City academy, before joining Kidderminster Harriers where he made 50 appearances for the club before departing permanently to Chester. The Spireites paid £25,000 to Chester for his services last December.
Notts County head coach, Ian Burchnall said: "We needed a wing back who could offer a threat one-against-one.
"Joel’s pace in the wide areas and his ability to attack in those moments is really important.
"He’s been playing wing back at Chesterfield and, based on the games we’ve seen, he was most effective when they were attacking." he added.
"With us being a team that wants to do that, we feel he’ll suit us well. Joel we have to look at the whole package, including his age and potential.
"He’s got the capacity to develop his game further, and we feel we can help him do that in this environment."
Via Twitter, Joel Taylor addressed the fans by writing "Delighted to get this done! Can't wait to get started."
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Notts County defender Dion Kelly-Evans has agreed new terms with the magpies.
The popular 24-year-old is the last of the remaining players offered a new deal on the back of last seasons campaign.
Speculation had grown over his future, however, Notts has today confirmed that Kelly-Evans has agreed a new one-year-deal at Meadow Lane.
Via the clubs official site, Ian Burchnall said: "Everyone knows what Dion’s about, he has no off switch – be it in training or in games, he brings the same level of intensity.
"Not only that, but he’s a great lad who is keen to better himself and, with there being so much more time on the training ground this season" said the head coach.
"I’m sure we can continue to bring him on leaps and bounds. For Dion and all the other boys to have accepted our offers speaks volumes about the positive environment we’re building here and it gives us a really strong base heading into pre-season.
"Of course, we’re still working hard to bring new signings to the club. We’re being ambitious with our targets, which means a little extra patience is required, but we’re pleased with the progress we’re making." he added.
In a video posted on Notts County official Twitter account, the defender address the fans by saying: "I just want to say a massive thank you for all the support you have shown me in the last two seasons. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time here and it's been an absolute pleasure playing in front of you guys."
Before adding "I've loved every single minute of it. The memories we have created together will stay with me forever, That's why I am happy to extend my stay for another year and I can't wait for you guys [the fans] to get behind me and the boys this season.
"I am buzzing for it to get started."
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The 2021/2022 Notts County National League fixtures has been announced.
On Saturday 21st August 2021, Notts will travel The Beehive Stadium to take on Barnet in the opening game of the season.
Ian Burchnall's magpies welcome Torquay United to Meadow Lane on Saturday 28th of August, with Wrexham away, Aldershot home and Weymouth away being the opening five league fixtures.
National League 2021/2022 fixtures
Games with '*' show a home clash with Nottingham Forest.
Saturday 21 August: Barnet (A)
Saturday 28 August: Torquay United (H)
Monday 30 August: Wrexham (A)
Saturday 4 September: Aldershot Town (H)
Saturday 11 September: Weymouth (A)
Tuesday 14 September: Wealdstone (H)
Saturday 18 September: Maidenhead United (H)
Saturday 25 September: Altrincham (A)
Saturday 2 October: Woking (H)
Tuesday 5 October: FC Halifax Town (A)
Saturday 9 October: Yeovil Town (A)
Saturday 23 October: Stockport County* (H)
Tuesday 26 October: Bromley (H)
Saturday 30 October: Grimsby Town (A)
Saturday 13 November: Solihull Moors (H)
Saturday 20 November: Eastleigh (A)
Tuesday 23 November: Boreham Wood (A)
Saturday 27 November: Dagenham & Redbridge (H)
Saturday 4 December: Chesterfield (A)
Saturday 11 December: Southend United (H)
Sunday 26 December: King's Lynn Town (A)
Sunday 2 January: Wrexham (H)
Saturday 8 January: Dover Athletic (A)
Saturday 22 January: Barnet* (H)
Tuesday 15 January: Wealdstone (A)
Saturday 29 January: Bromley (A)
Saturday 5 February: Grimsby Town* (H)
Saturday 12 February: Solihull Moors (A)
Saturday 19 February: Eastleigh (H)
Tuesday 22 February: FC Halifax Town (H)
Saturday 26 February: Woking (A)
Saturday 5 March: Yeovil Town (H)
Saturday 12 Marc:h Stockport County (A)
Saturday 19 March: Dagenham & Redbridge (A)
Tuesday 22 March: Boreham Wood (H)
Saturday 26 March: Chesterfield (H)
Saturday 2 April: Southend United (A)
Saturday 9 April: Torquay United (A)
Friday 15 April: King's Lynn Town (H)
Saturday 23 April: Weymouth (H)
Saturday 30 April: Aldershot Town (A)
Monday 2 May: Dover Athletic (H)
Saturday 7 May: Altrincham (H)
Sunday 15 May: Maidenhead United (A)
Fixtures are expected to be amended, with several games at Meadow Lane clashing with Nottingham Forest home games.
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Midfielder Jim O'Brien has agreed a new two-year-deal with Notts County.
The experienced 33-year-old is the longest-serving member of the squad, after Enzio Boldewijn's release earlier this summer.
He arrived at Meadow Lane in January 2019, quickly becoming a firm fans favourite for his heroics and passion on the field.
Speaking to the Notts County media team, Ian Burchnall said: "I’ve been hugely impressed with Jim’s attitude and ability since my arrival at the club, he’s got terrific energy and I think you could see how much we missed him when he picked up a couple of really unfortunate injuries towards the end of last season.
"Importantly, he understands how we want to play which gives us continuity going into the new campaign."
With Michael Doyle having agreed to become the magpies' assistant head coach, the extension has been described as 'providing continuity in the middle of the park'.
Speaking about having signed a new two-year-deal, Jim O'Brien said: "I'm buzzing, really happy. Not long after the manager came in, i had a sit down with him and told him my plans that i didn't want to go anywhere,
"I wanted to be here, so just to get it done is a bit of a weight off my shoulders." He added.
"The two-year deal doesn't take away the fact that I'm here and your focused on the job at hand. We know where we want to go and you don't take your foot off the gas just because you've got a two-year deal.
"I think the messages were clear in the meetings we had, get as many bodies in the box as possible. The way we play we controlled possession, it allowed me to do that. The messages we had in training, the shape, the rotations and the runs. It was all very clear towards the training."
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Notts County has confirmed the signing of centre midfielder Frank Vincent.
The 22-year-old arrives at Meadow Lane after leaving AFC Bournemouth as a free agent, having signed a two-year-deal with the magpies.
Vincent has played out on loan in recent seasons, having spells with Torquay United, Scunthorpe United and Walsall. The midfielder links back-up with Kyle Cameron and the pair helped The Gulls earned promotion to the National League in 2018/2019.
Speaking to the Notts County media team, Frank Vincent said: "I'm obviously very buzzing to get the deal done, it's been a bit of an anxious few days.
"Trying to get it all sorted but yeah just buzzing to get it over the line. Its such a big club and just can't wait to get started. I'm left-footed, I'm a midfielder. I'm a technically gifted player, I like to pass the ball, the combinations one-two's." he added
"The way i play is the way the gaffer wants to play here, lots of possession based football, but not just that, I like to pass forward, I'm not just here to get the ball and pass it sideways.
"I think I'm a risk taker in the right moment and yeah just looking to get the ball, pass forward, start attacks and i still haven't got a career goal so i was hoping to find that here and to find some goal scoring form here."
Before explaining: "Obviously i knew the interest was there from Notts County for quite a while and having spoken to Ian, I've actually been to the stadium like a month ago
"I had a good look around, had a good chat about football. His way in playing is very suited to my playing style so that was always a big factor of me wanting to come here and get this deal done."
Notts County had tried to sign Vincent when Michael Doyle became injured having played against Hornchurch, however, the deal never materialised.
Speaking on Frank Vincent, Notts County Head Coach Ian Burchanll said: "We’ve followed Frank’s progress closely," he explained.
"He’s a talented player who’s had some interesting loan moves which show he’s got the hunger to play. We’ve been impressed with him. Frank can play either as a holding midfielder or as a number eight. 
"He covers ground well, he’s left-footed and a good passer of the ball. He suits the way we want to play and has been given a good education in that style at Bournemouth."
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