We’ll see McCleary now Tyson is gone…

Smoulds has been bigging up his non-league signing, who was due to be in the squad for the abortive game at Brunton Park, apparently.  Indeed, it transpires he was very nearly on the bench for Swindon at home only to be replaced at the eleventh hour by goalkeeper coach Barry Richardson.  Which lends credence to a worrying rumour about Paul Smith.

So perhaps those of us braving the trip to Leyton Orient on the quest to see us crack our poor run of away form, there will be a spot of potential interest in seeing the new lad in action.  Certainly Smoulderwood seems excited by the prospect he brings, but is keen – understandably – to get him up to full fitness and used to training fulltime.  It also adds extra ammunition to his comments that we apparently aren’t going to look to the loan market to cover for the injured Tyson.

Given his apparent reluctance to field Arron Davies other than as a substitute, the right-wing berth is still apparently very much up for grabs (when he doesn’t shove Commons/Holt out there, of course!), and an attack-minded player with pace and a bit of flair is the kind of thing that could give our attack a new dimension, which is quite exciting.

Back to the Smith rumours, if it’s true then it’s a massive worry – our very pleasing-looking goals conceded column in the league table is thanks in no small part to our ‘keeper – and frankly, whilst many of us worry about where the goals are gonna come from, the last thing we need is a reason to start shipping them at the other end.  Let’s hope it’s not too serious and can wait ’til summer.

Obviously I also really wanted to use the pathetic pun in the article’s headline!  But hopefully we do get to see Garath McCleary given a chance to shine in the near future, I could use some Forest-related excitement right now!  In other news, Will Hoskins is undergoing fitness training to get himself into contention for Saturday’s Orient trip – fingers crossed!