Where are they now? (Page 2)

Former Yeovil Town defender Ryan Burke, who spent the early part of the 2020/21 season on loan at Huish Park from Birmingham City has signed for Mansfield Town.

Burke was released by the Blues at the end of the last campaign and he joins Nigel Clough at the Stags for the one-year deal.

Speaking to the official club website Clough said “we needed cover in the left back position, he’s aggressive, he’s got a lovely left foot”

Strangely adding “He’s not been out on loan before, which is unusual, but physically he’ll be able to cope”

Don’t worry Nige, we’ll keep you informed, he played four games for the Glovers, getting booked twice in October and November whilst being an unused sub on a number of other occasions.

Wolves have named their released and retained list after the upcoming season and on it is the name of a fomer Yeovil player who was tipped for a bright future.

Hong Wan, a former Captain of the Glovers Under 18s signed for Wolves in the summer of 2019 whilst the club were in something of a limbo inbetween managers and owners.

the 20-year-old has agreen to sign for Johor Southern Tigers of the Malaysian Super League, he never made a competitive first team appearance for either Wolves or Yeovil, but did represent both in friendlies, and in the case of Wolves in the EFL Trophy as part of the Under 23 set up.

 

 

The Premier League have released their most recent up to date list of players who are scheduled to be released from their contract and there are three ex-YTFC players listed as being available, for free after their time at Crystal Palace has come to an end.

Winger Andros Townsend has revealed he is considering a number of options both in the Premier League and abroad with clubs offering him European football next season available to the former loanee.

Whilst a duo of Goalkeepers, Wayne Hennessey and Stephen Henderson are both also likely to call time on their stint at Selhurst Park.

All three have been under the watchful eye of another former Glover, Scott Guyett who is the Head of Sports Science at Palace and was this week announced as the recipient of the Chairman’s Award following a decade of service to the London club.

Congratulations Scott and the best of luck to three talented footballers on their next adventure.

The topic of the 2013 Yeovil Town League One Play-Off team is one that often crops up around these parts, we can all recall Paddy Madden popping one in the top corner, we all know James Hayter never did get a touch on Dan Burn’s header, we all bit our fingernails to the bone and sighed in relief at everyone of Marek Stech’s wonderful saves, but this was more than just a team game – we needed a whol squad.

Maksimenko with James Healey, Paddy Madden and Kevin Dawson
(Pic thanks to Jimmer)

The image of Jamie McAllister lifting the tropy aloft will live long in the memory – but let’s not forget, he didn’t actually complete the game.

With 77 minutes on the clock, his reoccuring groin problem flared up, his broken nose had become swollen and bruised, he had to be replaced.

Defensive options on the bench that day were Richard Hinds, a wonderful central defender, but not naturally a full back and so the call went to young Latvian full back, Vitalijs Maksimenko.

We pondered on a recent episode of the Gloverscast podcast with Media Officer James Healey, what had happened the the man signed on loan from Brighton, well, I found him, dusted off some Google translate and set to work trying to get him to answer our questions… and he DID!

Vitalijs now plays in Slovenia, with NK Olimpija from the city of Ljubljana, he was part of the team that lifted the Slovenian Cup this season, he played 89 minutes in the final, a 2-1 win over FC Cejle.

 

We fired over some questions about his short spell at Huish Park, which saw him make just four appearances, one of which came at the home of football.

Vitalijs said; “That was a good time. I spent there three months on loan from Brighton. It was a good team, a good squad. I remember all the guys so yes, I really enjoyed the time there.”

Of course the deal was brokered by Gary Johnson, who is still so fondly remembered in Maksimenko’s home country, Latvia something which the full back said only made the experience better.

“He (Johnson) is a legend in Latvia, yes. Everybody still remembers him because he did a good job with national team. I thank him a lot and I really appreciate that he took me to Yeovil on loan because this was my first experience in England. He is a really good coach. He motivates and trusts his players. I have only positive words for him.”

Vitalijs made his debut against Oldham in April 2013, and would start two other league games vs Crewe and Bury as McAllister continued to recover from his injury.

But of course, his main memory comes from the showpiece final at Wembley. He was on the bench for both semi-finals, but never came on, those 25 minutes at Wembley were his time to shine

“I think that this was on of the best times in my career. Everyone dreams about playing in Wembley, especially to [be] promoted to the Championship. I started the game on the bench and in the last twenty minutes our captain McAllister was injured so I didn’t even have the time to be nervous. Everything happened quickly. I came in and we had to hold the result. We succeeded.”

“It is an honor for me to have a medal from England, from Wembley Stadium. This medal is in my home in Latvia. I am really proud to have it.”

Famously, as pointed out by James Healey on the podcast, Maksimenko couldn’t stay to enjoy the celebrations, he was called up for international duty and would play for his country against Qatar just 72 hours after the play-off final, but despite the quick exit, he said that through the power of social media, he keeps in touch with his former Glovers’ team mates.

“We are following each other on social media, Jamie McAllister, Byron Webster, Paddy Madden … Sometimes I text the guys just happy birthday or when something happens. When Jamie McAllister retired he became a coach and I texted him immediately to congratulate him and wish him all the best in his new career.”

Vitalijs Maksimenko might not be the first name that pops into your mind when you think of that side, but it probably shouldn’t be the last either, four appearances and 25 all important minutes in the final put him in the ‘Cult Hero’ category at Huish Park, he was simply happy that we had remembered him and made contact to see how he was getting on, I asked him if he has any words for the Glovers fans, and to be honest – they’re lovely.

“To Yeovil fans I would like to say in this tough time for the club that I wish that in the next couple of years Yeovil will come back to where we have been. Slowly in League 2, League One and promote as high as possible. Stick together all the time. The team needs supporters.”

A huge “paldies” (Thank you in Latvian) to Vitalijs for taking the time to answer our questions, an extra “hvala vam” (Thank you in Slovenian) to the NK Olimpija Press Officer Kristjan Pahor for all his help for making this happen.

 

Who would you like to see us track down next? which ‘cult hero’ is worthy of some dodgy translations and a few questions fired over the interweb? Let us know!

 

Them lot up the road have announced their released and retained list as the 2020/21 season has drawn to a close and former Yeovil Town midfielder Alefe Santos is one of the five players who will be leaving the Bob Lucas stadium.

The Brazilian played for Yeovil for two seasons from the 2017/18 campaign after joining from Derby County.

He racked up a total of 43 games for the Glovers failing to score.

We wish Alefe all the best in finding a new club.

Focus turns from domestic to international football this summer with Euro 2020 on the horizon after being postponed last year.

Three former Glovers are heading to the tournament as part of Rob Page’s Welsh squad.

Goalkeeper, Wayne Hennessey, defender Connor Roberts and forward Kieffer Moore are all included as the Dragons prepare for group games against Switzerland, Turkey and Italy.

Everyone here at the Gloverscast would like to give the trio a huge Llongyfarchiadau and pob lwc as they head into the tournament.

 

Former Yeovil Town winger Josh Neufville has been offered a new contract by Luton Town boss (and former Glover…) Nathan Jones.

Neufville is recovering after surgery following a broken ankle in his final appearance for the Glovers but has been offered new terms to remain at Kenilworth Road.

Also announced was that the Hatters will trigger an option on Gabriel Osho who has spent time on loan at both Yeovil and Rochdale, finally, we rewind the clock to the 2006/07 season to remember Martin Cranie.

A versatile defender who was actually born in Yeovil joined the Glovers on loan from Southampton – he too has been offered a new deal by Nathan Jones.

Congratulations to the trio of former Glovers on getting their offers.

Two former Glovers stars on the hunt for new clubs after being released at the end of their current contracts.

Lee Peltier and Jon Obika of West Brom and St Mirren respectively have been told that their current deals will not be renewed.

Peltier, a versatile defender initially joined on loan from Liverpool in 2007 before spending 18 months as a permanent member of the squad.

He would go on and spend time at Leeds, Huddersfield and Cardiff including a spell in the Premier League with the Bluebirds.

As for Obika, he was part of a cohort of players signed from Tottenham alongside Andros Townsend, Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker over the spell of two seasons.

Obika spent four spells with the Glovers scoring 17 league goals in the  green and white.

We wish them both the very best in the hunt for a new club.

We may have missed this earlier in the month, but Ryan Burke, who spent the first half of the season at Huish Park has been released by Birmingham City.

We reported at the time that Remeo Hutton was on their 13 man list of players who will be on the hunt for a new club, but completely overlooked the fact that Burke was also on that list.

Burke played only a handful of times at the start of the current campaign either at left back or in a defensive midfield role.

All the best to Ryan as he heads on his next adventure.

 

Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has been called up into England’s preliminary Euro 2020 squad by Gareth Southgate.

Johnstone is one of a number of players to have played for Yeovil, but not at Huish Park, making his one sole appearance away at Burnley in the Championship.

Despite signing initially on loan for a 3-month period, it was confirmed that he had broken a finger in the warm up at Turf Moor and would have to return to Manchester United for treatment.

Nevertheless, he’s a former Glover and that’s enough for us here at the Gloverscast – go well, Sam!

One of Yeovil Town’s class of 2013 is on the hunt for a new club this summer, Motherwell have told Sam Foley he will be leaving at the end of his contract.

Foley, who joined Motherwell from St Mirren in January will become a free agent as the Scottish side look to restructure following the 2020/21 season.

A firm fan favourite from his time in Somerset, Foley played nearly 100 times for the Glovers scoring seven goals .

You’re more than welcome back at Huish Park any time you like, Sam!

 

As Euro 2020 edges ever closer, international managers are picking their squad and Wales Manager Robert Page has picked plenty of former Yeovil Town players in his travelling party for a training camp in Portugal.

Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Kieffer Moore (Cardiff), Tom Lawrence (Derby)and George Thomas (QPR) are all involved, whilst the official statement also notes that two other ex-YTFC Players are going to be considered once their domestic Play-Off campaigns have concluded; Connor Roberts (Swansea) and Josh Sheehan  have a date with Wembley to get through first.

 

Best of luck to all the Ex-Yeovil Town players on their hunt for squad places at the Euros.

Picture: Courtesy of Mike Kunz

Former Yeovil Town Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson is on the hunt for a new club after Crawley Town opted not to enter negotations on a new contract.

Nelson, who will turn 40 in September, played at Huish Park for two seasons with his final game being the defeat to Barnet in the National League Play-Offs last season.

All the best to Stuart as he looks for his next club – with over 500 professional games on his CV, he shouldn’t short of options.

 

Rotherham United have announced that former Yeovil Town loanee, Shaun MacDonald will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

The Millers, managed by another former Glover, Paul Warne announced their released and retained list on Monday.

MacDonald spent no fewer than five(!) loan spells at Huish Park from 2009 – 2011.

In total, the Welsh international played 64 times in Green and White, scoring 9 goals including a hat-trick against Leyton Orient in 2011.

We wish Shaun all the best in finding a new club.

Former Yeovil Town Captain Omar Sowunmi will be leaving Colchester United at the end of his current contract.

Defender Omar Sowunmi.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

The U’s detailed their plans for the upcoming season with their released/retained list on Friday, which includes confirmation the central defender will be leaving.

Sowunmi joined the Glovers at the start of the 2015/16 season from Ipswich Town by then Manager, Paul Sturrock.

Despite not playing any league games for the Tractor Boys, he had played regularly with loan spells in the National League Divisions with Braintree and Lowestoft.

He would spend four seasons and Huish Park before joining Colchester for an undisclosed fee in July 2019.

Sowunmi would play 87 times in the Green and White and was named Team Captain in 2018.

We wish Omar all the best in his search for a new club, also, here’s a slightly frightening Gif of him, very happy about something 👇

 

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Two former Yeovil Town loanee are on the hunt for a new club this summer after being released by Bristol City.

Midfielder Liam Walsh during his loan spell with Yeovil Town in 2016.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin played a handful games on loan from Watford in the 2011/12 season before having spells at Plymouth, Crawley Town and Colchester before landing up the road on the red side of Bristol.

But more surprisingly on the released list is Liam Walsh.

A firm fan favourite from his 15-game loan spell from Everton in 2016, he lit up Huish Park with some glittering performances.

Walsh spent time with Birmingham City, before joining Bristol City – signed by former Glovers’ midfielder, Lee Johnson.

Injuries and a loan spell at meant that his time as Ashton Gate has been stop=start, but with undoubted quality, it wont be long before Walsh has an option or two for the forthcoming season, maybe Skivo still has his number? 

Former Yeovil Town midfielder, Marc Bircham has taken on his first full-time managerial role with League of Ireland side Waterford Town.

Bircham arrived in Ireland on Thursday and will undertake a period of self isolation before joining his new side.

The Canadian international joined the Glovers in 2007, and played a little over a dozen times before ankle injuries ended his career in 2009.

Bircham has spent time coaching in America as well as taking on the QPR job in a caretaker capacity and had been on the coaching staff at Millwall.

Former Yeovil Town loan defender Morgan Williams has been released by his parent club, Coventry City.

Williams, 21, has spent two loans spells at Huish Park, playing three times last season before returning in October 2020 for another short stint.

Speaking to YTFC.net upon resigning Williams, Manager Darren Sarll said at the time;

“I immediately requested (when needing a defender) Morgan because of his playing traits. He is very different to what we have, and he made a huge impression on us all the last time he was on loan.

“He knows the group, to some extent, and understands what it is to play for Yeovil, the expectations that are placed on the players and the need to win games on a weekly basis.

“It’s great to have him back and I hope he has a great experience with us again.”

Everyone at the Gloverscast wishes Morgan Williams all the best in his search for a new club.

More EFL clubs are starting to formluate their plans for the upcoming season and Exeter City are the latest to release details of who will be staying and who will be leaving this summer.

Striker Alex Fisher during his time at Yeovil Town.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

There are a couple of interesting names to Yeovil Town fans including former defender Tom Parkes who played a couple of times on loan from Leicester in 2011, but also former striker Alex Fisher.

Fisher, joined Yeovil just hours before the 2018 meeting with Manchester United, having driven down from Motherwell to Somerset to sign the deal in time to be included in the glamour cup tie.

The front man would go on to score 14 goals in 62 games for a Yeovil side struggling at the wrong end of League Two, he,  like many others at the time, found himself released from Huish Park at the end of the 2018/19 season when relegation was confirmed.

We wish Alex and Tom all the best in finding a new club.

 

 

Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Marek Stech has been told he is being made available for transfer following the end of the 2020/21 season.

Stech, who has been in and out of the side at Mansfield Town this season, made 24 appearances for the Stags as they finished in 16th in League Two.

The Czech ‘keeper made 90 appearances for the Glovers across three spells and was most famously, named Man Of The Match in the 2013 League One Play-Off final success vs Brentford.

As it stands, Yeovil Town will need to reinforce their goalkeeping options for next season as current Number 1, Adam Smith is on loan from Forest Green Rovers…

You’re always welcome at Huish Park, Marek…