Two more leave the ranks
Craig Wilding and Bernard Narada (left) have both been told today that they won't be required for the Walsall game and that they won't be offered a contract for the coming season.
The failure of Wilding to gain a contract comes as no surprise because he hasn't really figured in any of the friendly games so far but the release of crowd favourite, Narada, is a bit of a turn up.
He has played well enough to warrant a contract but we have enough left sided players who can produce similar skill levels. Narada added nothing to the team that wasn't already there.
For tomorrows game against Walsall we just have Kenny Coleman, Adam Willis, Kyle Lightbourne, Graham Ward and the injured John Williams left out of the triallists. We have to get our squad figures up so out of these I expect just John Williams to be ousted.
We'll be without new signing Matt Gadsby again. He would have been playing one of his previous clubs as will Kyle. Matt is expected to be out for at least 5 weeks.
Apart from John Danby we shouldn't have any other injuries.
Walsall made probably the bargain signing of the season when they signed the classy Paul Merson (right) from Portsmouth. He should be playing tomorrow but it won't be his first appearance at Aggborough.
He was in the Villa side that played in Graham Allners testimonial a few years back. I seem to recall a 4-0 for the Villa with Merson scoring a superb goal.
Not appearing for the Saddlers will be Matt Carbon who, at the age of 28, has decided to temporarily hang up his boots although the club will still retain his registration.
A familiar face should be coming back if Andy Bishop makes an appearance. He enjoyed a fruitful spell on loan here last season and Brit is hoping to get him back but that will depend on the striking situation at Walsall with Lataio the only recognised striker at the Bescot.
Admission is only £8 tomorrow and kids are free. Bargin!!