Date: 8th June 2017 at 10:47pm
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In isolation, Eoghan O’Connell’s move to Bury isn’t particularly big news, but taken in context with last season’s mass exodus, Jon Whitney’s poor finish to the season and a lack of transfer and contract activity means that Saddlers fans are understandably reacting negatively to the transfer.

Of course, O’Connell is no world beater, but he’s certainly someone who would’ve fitted nicely into Whitney’s plans, whether as a starter in a back three or a back-up in a back four. Whitney also hinted he was close to agreeing terms with two defenders next week and if it conspires that O’Connell was one of those targets, it will be another huge PR own goal for Whitney.

On the flip-side, it may be rather smart business to not go all out and become embroiled in a bidding war with big spending Bury for a defender who impressed during his early matches but looked at best disinterested during the final few games, especially against MK Dons in the final game.

Unfortunately for Whitney though, all the frustrations from the end of the season are starting to re-surface as even potentially peripheral transfer targets head for pastures new, and if the club don’t start to make some moves in the transfer marker in the next week or so, then pre-season could descend into negativity.

Good luck to Eoghan aswell, although the ‘Bury project’ could well end in tears…