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💬 Gary Caldwell on Transfer Deadline Day

Hear from the boss

31 January 2023


💬 Gary Caldwell on Transfer Deadline Day

Hear from the boss

31 January 2023

Gary Caldwell has provided his views on a busy transfer deadline day at the Cliff Hill Training Ground.

Both Kevin McDonald and James Scott were announced as Grecians, while defender Sam Stubbs departed the club for Bradford City and Gary has talked us through all three players. 

Gary recruited former Scotland international McDonald as his first through the door on deadline day, and he was keen to stress the important of McDonald's experience and what he believes he will bring to the midfield areas of the squad.

"Kevin is someone I've known throughout my career so I know of his ability. He's been with us for a week and has also been in at other clubs over the last few months but felt the fit at Exeter was right for him.

"The project we sold to him is something that really appealed to him and we're delighted to have him. He has real character and the knowledge and expertise he can pass on to the other midfield players will be invaluable for us."

James Scott, another of Gary's countrymen from north of the border, joined later in the afternoon from Hull City and is a player Caldwell knows well from previous roles.

"James was a player I worked with at Hibs and I had a great relationship with him," manager Gary Caldwell said.

"I saw a real talent and someone who I felt his career had gone off track, and in my time with him I felt he was someone who wasn't showing the ability I knew he had.

"He is someone who four years ago was bought for over a million pounds and I believe we are a perfect club for him to give him the support and the love he needs to get his career back on track. At his best he is a fantastic talent who can play on either wing or down through the middle and provide assists and goals to ther team."

Stubbs departed the club for Bradford after two years at the club, making 29 appearances in an injury impacted spell, and Gary explained that it was the right move for the player.

"Sam is somebody I've known for a long time since I coached in the academy at Wigan, and the character he has shown day in day out has been a credit to himself and we felt it was only right for him to go back up North and get regular game time.

"We felt hat was going to difficult here but he leaves with thanks for what he has done fot the football club, especially in the promotion season last season, and we send him the best wishes that he can find that fitness and play the games he deserves."

Discussing the final hours of the the window before it shuts, Gary expressed his desire to 'keep trying' for one more body, but stressed he would not rush to find the perfect player.

"It would be nice to get one more in, that would be exactly what we were looking for at the start of the window. I'm delighted with the ins we've had so far and it gives us a real competitive squad going into the second half of the season. 

"We have had a few offers for some of our players which we have felt was not the right amount and I thank the club for backing me which means we can keep these players, and it is a real statement in keeping these players.

"We are not just letting go of our best players, we are keeping them and adding to the squad."

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