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Reader’s Corner: “Time for a glass half-full attitude, people!”

RR reader Derek offers a welcome dose of positivity regarding the long-term rebuild taking place at SAFC. Fancy writing? - send us an email!

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The new season hasn’t even started and already many fans seem angry or frustrated. I just don’t get it.

Firstly, we’ve had a major clear out, and for anyone thinking that Wigan are promotion favourites, forget that. They’ve got many of our squad from last season who were not good enough then (or the seasons before) and they won’t be good enough now.

As for incomings, yes it’s been slow progress, but it has also been slow for many other clubs. And unlike previous seasons we seem to know who we want, or the type we want, and are not going to deviate from that plan just for the sake of it.

I also like the fact that we seem to be more interested in young players with potential, some of whom many of us won’t have even heard of.

That has to be better than signing the likes of Danny Graham, or some other old journeyman pro that is desperate for a contract with anyone.

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I think it’s possible that we might get off to a slow start, but as long as we’re in the top eight or so after five or six games, and until all of our transfer business is done, we can then push on and get stronger as the season progresses.

It’s also a chance for some of the young players like Neil, Younger, Taylor et al, to get some game time and maybe cement a place. And let’s not forget that as the season progresses players like Xhemajli will come into the equation and could be like a new signing.

It’s important that as we rebuild – for the long term, not just for this season – that we’re all in this together and we don’t panic if it’s not perfect on day one.

Time to recall maybe the infamous Alan Hanson quote that you can’t win anything with kids, after Man United lost to Aston Villa, and where of course the Beckham, Scholes, Butt era was launched and they went on to win the title.

Our kids are not that good, but maybe in League One it’s our time, and the Embletons, Youngers and Neils can become the next Arnotts, Rowells and Elliotts.

Time for a Glass Half Full attitude, people.


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