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Jon Guthrie joins Walsall F.C on a two-year-deal from Crewe Alexandra

Jon Guthrie has become Walsall Football Club’s second summer signing after putting pen-to-paper on a two-year deal. 

Guthrie joins The Saddlers officially on 1st July, once his current contract expires with Crewe Alexandra. Guthrie, who can play at full-back and centre-half, began his career with Pewsey Vale in Wiltshire before signing for Crewe in 2011.

The 24-year-old went on to make 137 appearances for the Railwaymen, scoring once in that time, and gaining plenty of League One experience.

“We’re delighted to get Jon on board to bolster our defence for next season,” said Manager Jon Whitney, “he has got plenty of experience of League One from his time with Crewe and we think he can work well with the team.”

Jon commented upon signing: “I’m really excited to join the club; the deal has been agreed for a while now, so I’m glad to get the announcement over the finishing line. I’m really excited and can’t wait to get started…There was a big attraction to come and play for Walsall, there were a couple of clubs who had made offers both in League One and Two, but I felt after meeting Jon (Whitney), seeing the training ground facilities and learning more about the club, I knew that this would be the best fit for me.”

Jon’s agent, Max Hassell, has this to add: “I am really made up for Guthers who massively deserves this opportunity. Having come through the non-league system and not a typical academy, I think it has taken Jon a while to realise quite how good he is and how much more there is still to come from himself. I think Walsall will provide the perfect opportunity for Jon to showcase himself in League One again as he looks to take his career to the next level.”

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Brad Inman joins Rochdale AFC on a season-long loan from Peterborough United

Sidekick Management is delighted to confirm the season-long loan signing of Brad Inman from Peterborough United to Rochdale AFC.

The Australian born 25-year-old started his professional career at Newcastle United. Joining the Magpies at the age of 14, he progressed through the youth ranks there before signing a professional contract. He enjoyed a successful loan spell at Crewe Alexandra while at the club and joined the Alex on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee in 2013.

He went on to make almost 100 appearances during his three years at Gresty Road. After his contract expired at Crewe last summer, Inman joined Peterborough United. However, a broken leg in pre-season wrecked Brad’s season and made first-team chances difficult to come by once he had fully returned from injury.

“Rochdale play great football and are there or there about almost every year come the end of the season. I am sure Keith will get the best out of Brad again.” Max Hassell – Sidekick Management

The midfielder, who joined Dale on a season-long loan on Friday, admits he’s excited about the season ahead and working under Keith Hill. “The Gaffer seems likes he’s a winner and I want to play under someone like that,” remarked Brad.

“I remember playing against Rochdale last season and they were a very good team. Playing against Rochdale over the years, it has always been a tough place to come to – not many of the lads used to like coming here, so I’m excited about working with the Gaffer and the lads.”

Signing a year-long loan deal, Inman says it was important for him to join the club for the duration of the season. “I asked to come here on a season-long loan because I want to be a part of this team for the whole season, not just six months…Over the last three seasons Rochdale have almost made it into the play-offs and that’s what has driven me to this club. Hopefully I can be part of achieving the next step.”

Brad’s agent, Max Hassell, feels the move is a perfect fit: “Rochdale have tracked Brad for seasons, first contacting me about him a while ago. Once I got the call from Keith that he would be interested in taking Brad this year, it was a no-brainer for me. Rochdale play great football and are there or there about almost every year come the end of the season. I am sure Keith will get the best out of Brad again.”

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Ollie Turton signs an initial two-year-deal at Blackpool FC

Ollie Turton signs for Blackpool FC from Crewe Alexandra on an initial two-year-deal.

We are pleased to confirm that in-demand right-back Ollie Turton has penned an initial two-year-deal at Blackpool, with the option of a further third year. 

The versatile 24-year old defender becomes Gary Bowyer’s third signing of the summer, and will officially join the club on 1 July following the expiry of his contract with Crewe Alexandra.

“He’s a player who always gives everything for his teammates and this move is his deserved reward for countless years of hard work at Crewe.” Max Hassell – Sidekick Management

A product of the youth academy at Gresty Road, Turton made his professional debut for the Railwaymen in 2011 and has since gone on to establish himself as a key fixture in the side, making more than 180 appearances for the club.

He featured 50 times in Crewe colours last season and found the net against Blackpool in a 2-2 draw at Bloomfield Road back in February.

“I’m delighted to get it all done and dusted. Looking at how well Blackpool did last season getting promoted and from speaking to the manager on the phone, he said there’s so much ambition and it made it an easy decision in the end,” Turton said.

“I was in League Two last year and I felt I had a good season, I just felt like I was ready for a challenge again. This was the perfect opportunity.

“I’m going to have to work hard to get myself into the team and hopefully do well.”

Ollie’s agent, Max Hassell, had this to say: “I am delighted for Ollie who is one of the nicest lads you’ll ever meet in the game. He’s a player who always gives everything for his teammates and this move is his deserved reward for countless years of hard work at Crewe. I am delighted he is back in League One where he can once again prove himself as one of the best right-backs in the division, and hopefully now kick on again.”

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Winger Otis Khan agrees a new two-year contract with Yeovil

Yeovil Town winger and Sidekick Management client Otis Khan has agreed a new two-year contract.

The 21-year-old made 38 appearances last season and was voted the League Two club’s young player of the year scoring 8 goals and leading the clubs assist stats.

“Otis was a fantastic attacking player for us last season,” said manager Darren Way. “He has gained a lot of experience playing in his first full season of league football.”He attracted interest from other clubs so I’m pleased the board has supported me in securing his services.After a strong first season at Yeovil Town, Khan now has the opportunity to forge a reputation as one of the most promising young attackers in Sky Bet League Two.”

“We’re all looking forward to him adding more goals and assists next term” Brian Howard – Sidekick Management

“I’m really happy to get it all sorted and I’m looking forward to working with the gaffer again next year,” “I’ve been to other clubs before and not been given the chance. He’s given me a chance to prove myself and it’s nice to be able to repay him by signing a new deal.“I’m looking forward to playing at home again in front of the fans. It’s a nice positive atmosphere at Huish Park and can’t wait to get going out.“Hopefully we’ll have a good positive season next year.”said Khan after his signing

Agent Brian Howard added “Otis had many options this summer but after conversations with the management team we felt Yeovil was the right place for a player with the attitude and talent to play at a higher level to continue his football education. We’re all looking forward to him adding more goals and assists next term”

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Midfielder Ben Close extends his Fratton Park stay

Portsmouth extend deal with Sidekick Management client Ben Close for a further 2 years.

Ben Close has signed a new one-year Pompey deal, with the club holding an option for a further 12 months.

The 20-year-old midfielder has made 27 appearances since graduating from the Blues’ academy.

“Ben got some vital match experience on loan at the end of the season and is now ready to fight and earn a starting spot at Portsmouth” Brian Howard – Sidekick Management

He spent the second half of the campaign on loan at National League side Eastleigh after injuries halted his progress at his parent club.

Close said: “I’m extremely happy to have signed a new deal to remain at Fratton Park.

Now I’m ready to work hard and really kick on next season to try to nail down a starting place for Pompey.

Hopefully this will be the year when I can get a regular run of games in the side. That’s what I’m looking to do.”

Ben’s agent Brian Howard added “Ben has a big future ahead and we’ve all work hard off the pitch to correct the niggles which were hampering his progress. Ben got some vital match experience on loan at the end of the season and is now ready to fight and earn a starting spot at Portsmouth”

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Lee Angol signs for Mansfield Town from Peterborough United for undisclosed fee.

We are pleased to confirm that in-demand centre-forward Lee Angol has decided to commit his future to Mansfield Town after signing a two-year-deal to 2019, with the further option of a third.

The 22-year-old joins manager Steve Evans’ new-look squad, and is sure to play a significant part in the Stags’ next campaign. The youngster has chosen the Stags over a number of established clubs who all sought his signature.

After being schooled at Spurs, Angol joined Wycombe before making a move to Luton Town. A hugely successful loan spell at Borehamwood saw the striker net 32 goals in all competitions, as well as scoring in the play-off final to help the club into the National League. Peterborough United soon snapped up the livewire frontman for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2015 and he quickly became the Posh’s leading goal scorer in their League One campaign, with 13 goals.

Lee is living proof of how quickly things can change around in football when you believe in yourself and have the never-say-die attitude to match it. Max Hassell – Sidekick Management

After a broken leg wrecked Lee’s pre-season at the start of 2016/17 season, he subsequently joined Lincoln City in the Conference, scoring the goals and producing the performances that helped the Imps win the National League title and gain promotion back to the Football League.

Manager Steve Evans said: “Today we have signed another talented young player. Once again, I will not speak about what he will do as his abilities will shine through when he takes to the grass in a Stags’ shirt.”

Lee’s agent, Max Hassell, had this to add: “I am absolutely delighted for Lee and his family with this move to Mansfield. After breaking his leg in pre-season this year, the immediate future seemed quite bleak from his point of view… But Lee is a true winner with an amazing spirit. He dropped down a few divisions for match-fitness and did the business for Lincoln, adding yet another promotion to his CV and now has the opportunity to achieve something special with Mansfield. Lee is living proof of how quickly things can change around in football when you believe in yourself and have the never-say-die attitude to match it.”

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Niall Mason signs for Doncaster Rovers on a 2-year-deal

We are pleased to confirm that Doncaster Rovers have signed Sideckick Management client Niall Mason on a two year deal from Aston Villa.

With Niall’s contract, due to expire this summer Rovers manager Darren Ferguson has moved quickly to make his loan move a permanent one. Niall put in a number of eye catching performances during his loan.

The former Aston Villa player came through the youth ranks at the highly regarded Real Madrid academy with the likes of Enzo and Luca Zidane before moving to England with Blackburn Rovers and then Southampton.

“Niall has more than taken his opportunity and what he has achieved is fantastic.” – Brian Howard – Sidekick Management

Mason, who is looking forward to this next chapter in his career had this to say – “Obviously getting promotion was amazing for the team and to be part of that is something I am proud of, I already feel at home here. Signing a permanent deal shows that the manager has faith in me and I hope to repay that with even better performances on the pitch.”

Brian Howard who has been working with Niall now for a number years added. “We have seen Niall grow as a player and a man and he deserves this deal. One of the hardest parts of professional football at Niall’s age is getting a loan opportunity at an EFL club and it is just as hard for players to take that opportunity, Niall has more than taken his opportunity and what he has achieved is fantastic.  He puts his heart and soul into his football, we are absolutely delighted for him and excited to see what comes from him over next year and beyond”.

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Sidekick facilitates Kevin Stewart’s new Puma boot deal

We are delighted to announce that client Kevin Stewart has signed a deal to wear PUMA boots for 2-and-a-half years until June 2019.

Alex Levack commented “PUMA are one of the leading sport lifestyle brands who are synonymous within world football. We feel Puma as a brand and Kevin’s personality have a lot of synergy. We are pleased that they want Kev to wear their boots and we are looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship”.

I am very happy to start this partnership with PUMA. They are a leading brand in football and I also really like their products. Kevin Stewart – Liverpool

Kevin was equally pleased and can’t wait to start playing in his new PUMA evoPOWER Vigor 1 “I am very happy to start this partnership with PUMA. They are a leading brand in football and I also really like their products. I like the look and feel of the boots and the lifestyle clothing is just what I like to wear.”

PUMA [Theo Jones, Performance Marketing] are pleased to sign Kevin to the sportswear company that has been manufacturing football boots for over 70 years “at PUMA we are always looking to work with exciting talent and Kevin is exactly that. We can’t wait to see him playing in our boots and doing well for his club”.

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Sidekick facilitates new deal for Mattias Kait at Fulham

We are pleased to confirm that Mattias Kait has signed a new deal at Fulham that will see him extend his stay at the Championship club until 2019.  The Estonian international has been a regular in the clubs Under 23 side this season.

Upon signing his new deal, a delighted Mattias outlined his immediate future goals “I’m very happy to be extending my time with Fulham FC.  My first aim of course is to get to the First Team squad.  Training with them, getting onto the bench, and then getting my debut.  That’s my first aim and then we will see what happens.”

“He knows that the hard work must continue and with his exceptional attitude we are confident that he will soon realise his full potential.” – Matt Kleinman – Sidekick Management

Matt Kleinman believes now is the time for Mattias to start to show everyone what he can do “we are happy that Mattias has been rewarded for his hard work but this is just the beginning for him.  He knows that the hard work must continue and with his exceptional attitude we are confident that he will soon realise his full potential.  He is ambitious, focused and a pleasure to work with”.

Fulham Academy Director Huw Jennings was also full of praise “We’re always pleased to offer players who we brought to the Club an opportunity to extend their agreement.  I think that particularly when you look at Mattias’ potential, he played for his national team, when he’s played for the Under-23s he’s often been heavily involved in assists and goals, and everyone can see that he’s got potential to make good progress.”

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Simon Eastwood signs contract extension at Oxford United

All at Sidekick Management are delighted to confirm that Simon Eastwood has agreed a new two-year contract with Oxford United.

Simon has been a regular starter for the Sky Bet League One club this season, having made over 40 starts in all competitions to date.

“He needed a run of games as first choice and has taken that opportunity and got better and better as the season has gone on.” Matt Kleinman – Sidekick Management

Matt Kleinman was pleased for his client and said the new contract was a result of Simon’s hard work and dedication “this contract is much deserved and Simon was always keen to stay as he sees a bright future under manager Michael Appleton”.

“I’m really happy to have got it all sorted and be committing my future to the club,” said Simon, “I have a young family so you are always looking for a bit of security for the future but it was all very straightforward because I feel as though this is a club on the up at the moment and I want to be a part of that over the next few years.”

Appleton was full of praise for his goalkeeper “Obviously I rate Easty – I’ve signed him three times now! He needed a run of games as first choice and has taken that opportunity and got better and better as the season has gone on. He is still fairly young in terms of goalkeepers and I am sure there is still more to come from him.”

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