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Notts County Deadline Day Signings

1 February 17

Notts County added six players to their squad in the last 24 hours of the transfer deadline. We give you a run-down of those new faces...

Mark Yeates

Position: Winger

Age: 32

Apps/ Goals: 378/ 47 goals

Former clubs: Tottenham, Brighton, Swindon, Colchester, Hull, Leicester, Middlesborough, Sheffield Utd, Watford, Bradford, Oldham, Blackpool.

Vastly experienced winger who started out as a youth player at Spurs, but spent the best part of 4 years out on loan before finally signing for Colchester. He's spent a fair bit of his mid-career in the Championship with Middlesbrough (who signed him for £500k), Sheffield United and Watford.

Verdict: In a team lacking wingers, he ought to be a regular and fingers crossed a great upgrade on the departing Alex Rodman. He's also got experience whipping balls into Jon Stead from their days at Bradford. Fingers crossed he'll chip in with the odd goal too.

 

Kevin Nolan

Position: Centre-midfielder (and manager)

Age: 34

Apps/ Goals: 536 / 99

Former clubs: Bolton, Newcastle, West Ham, Leyton Orient

Finally able to register as a player after Notts transfer embargo was lifted. At his peak Nolan was a star midfielder in the Premier League. He captained Bolton under former County boss Sam Allardyce, who liked him so much he took him to West Ham too. If it wasn't for Gerard and Lampard he would have had England caps.


Verdict: Nolan is not the player he once was. Leyton Orient fans give poor reports of his performances on the pitch last season. However based on Notts performances this season we'd take him just to have someone out there shouting and marshalling the others. Unlikely to be a regular starter given that he has management duties too. Be nice to see him score his hundredth career goal in the black and white.

Tahvon Campbell

Position: Winger/ Forward

Age: 20

Apps/ Goals: 51/ 2

Former clubs: West Brom, Kidderminster, Yeovil

Signed on loan from West Brom, but has made all of his league appearances so far in the National League (for Kidderminster) and League Two (Yeovil). Likely to have been recommended by new Notts Academy Director Russell Hullett, who's just moved from there.

Verdict: Can play either on the wing or up front. Doesn't have a great goals record so far, but is still young. Also has pace and height, both of which has been lacking in the current Notts team.

Marc Bola

Position: Left-back

Age: 19

Apps/ Goals: 0 / 0

Former clubs: West Brom, Kidderminster, Yeovil

Signed his first professional contract with Arsenal last April after featuring regularly for their Under-21s. Will make his senior football bow with Notts.

Verdict: An unknown quantity, but if nothing else he will provide competition for Carl Dickinson, who thus far has been one of a number of disappointing summer signings at Notts.

Jorge Grant

Position: Centre-midfielder

Age: 22

Apps/ Goals: 17/ 1

Former clubs: Nottingham Forest

Originally discovered by the Nike Academy, he's spent four years at Forest but has struggled to get games there. Scored a nice goal against Spurs in the League Cup in 2014 on his full debut. Has joined Notts on loan til the end of the season.

Verdict: Won't need to travel far to his new place of employment. He's at that age where he needs to get time on the pitch to progress his career. Likely to start for Notts and hopefully add to his goal tally.

Josh Clackstone

Position: Right-back/ Centre-back

Age: 20

Apps/ goals: 0 / 0

Former clubs: Hull City

Another loanee likely to make his league bow at Notts. Notts manager Kevin Nolan said: "We felt it was important to bolster our options in defence and Josh certainly strengthens us in that area."

Verdict: It's hard to guess how good he'll be 'til we see him as he's totally unproven. But he should get plenty of chances given that Notts have conceded 51 goals this season, more than any other League Two team. Fresh blood in defence is extremely welcome.

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