LiveLive Transfer Deadline Day Blog

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  • Good morning folks, I'm Marc Iles. Brew in hand, I'm ready to see another transfer deadline day through... are you with me?

11:01pm

In the final throes of the transfer window then, and though this hasn't been the most frenetic day, it has been an enjoyable one.

 

Jay Spearing signed on a season-long loan, adding to Andy Lonergan, Keith Andrews, Matt Mills and Benik Afobe from earlier in the summer.

Many of you wish there had been more, some think Wanderers got it spot on, but the proof will be in the Championship table between now and December.

Join me tomorrow afternoon from 2pm at the KC Stadium, where we'll be testing a new way of covering a matchday on The Bolton News website.

 

10:49pm

Marvin Sordell has just let it be known on Twitter that he'll soon be thumbing through Sun Tzu's Art of War... now that's some bedtime reading.

 

10:34pm

Eclectic trio here...

10:26pm

Where are they now? Oscar Perez (on loan at Racing Santander from Granada), Grzegorz Rasiak (Lechia Gdańsk), Ariza Makukula (last heard from at Manisaspor), Martin Djetou (retired, runs a beauty salon according to his Wikipedia)

10:15pm

The word Rasiak has not been typed this many times in many, many years I'd wager...

 

Best and worst transfer deadline day deals that Wanderers have pulled off? Tweet me @MarcIles

10:13pm



Wow, there are some great names popping up here...

 

10:11pm



And lots, and lots of Raziaks...

 

10:09pm

Don't think EasyJet do the Hull-Monaco route yet... Unofrtunately.

10:07pm

OK - last chance to get a fun debate going. Best and worst deadline day deals that Wanderers have ever pulled off? Tweet me @MarcIles

10:03pm

And we're into the final hour... Not expecting anything to happen but seeing as I've been at this for more than 12 hours now, it feels good to type it.

9:57pm

By the way - why does transfer deadline day have to be about the 92 'big' clubs?

 

9:26pm

Gaz Cahill has just scored for Chelsea... but probably won't have many happy memories of the Super Cup.

9:25pm

As @ColinBoucher has just reminded me, this transfer window is a far cry from the Big Sam days. Fabrice Fernandes anyone?

9:10pm

Goes to show you can't rest on your laurels for one minute on transfer deadline day. There's always a rumour to stamp out somewhere.

9:04pm

Little flurry of rumours about Wanderers interest in Jermaine Beckford of Leicester City. Nowt in it as far as I know. Thought he was heading for Huddersfield Town.

8:59pm

No news on the Wanderers front and I don't expect there to be in the final two hours of this window either. But returning to an earlier theme, the fact the club have retained all their top players surely makes it imperative that they go into Christmas in a good league position.

8:37pm

It's nice to be appreciated...

8:35pm

Hearing reports that Ivan Klasnic is in Spain to sign for Deportivo la Coruna. I think he'd do well in La Liga.

8:30pm

Also reading that Dedryck Boyata has joined FC Twente on loan from Manchester City. He was on the cards for a return at Wanderers for a while, pre-Matt Mills arrival.

8:17pm

Also, congratulations to Wanderers fan Heather Fredriksen, who won silver in the S8 400m freestyle today.

8:00pm

Just suggested to me (jokingly, I hope) that Michael Essien would be a good man to partner Spearing in the midfield. He certainly would... just not sure he'd fancy Barnsley away...

7:53pm

Not sure about these Friday night transfer blogs... hope they don't catch on.

7:18pm

On a non-Wanderers related transfer deadline story, Bury's Andy Bishop has joined Wrexham on loan.

7:16pm

One thing I know for sure that will be in tomorrow's paper will be man mountain Abdoulaye Faye, who talks about his time at Wanderers and why he's gearing up for a clash with Davo. David Pye supplies the words... can't take any credit for that one.

7:12pm

Can't remember the last time I managed to file my back page lead on transfer deadline day at 7pm... Do you hear that footballing Gods? I am taunting you!

6:47pm

There's also some talk about Tuncay dropping down to the Championship and signing for Brighton... Can only imagine his wage demands have altered somewhat...

6:44pm

Gael Kakuta - remember him? - has left Chelsea on loan to join Vitesse Arnhem in Holland.

Other than the Carling Cup win at Villa, I think it's safe to say he wasn't one of the better loan signings made at Wanderers in the last few seasons.

6:17pm

Jay Spearing on signing on loan for Bolton: “I think it's a great move. I've seen a couple of young lads that have come here and really gone on."

6:03pm

6:03pm

6:02pm

Continue passing on your transfer deadline wish lists... some interesting names have been passed my way so far today.

5:26pm

Steve Thompson showing he's lost none of his comedic touch...

5:06pm

Getting back to transfers, which Championship sides have impressed you with their signings this window? Who would you say the main challengers for the title are? Tweet me @MarcIles

4:58pm

Would say 80 per cent would rather see Wanderers playing one up top tomorrow at Hull. Few suggesting the team won't be changed from the Forest game.

4:37pm

For the record, I'd like to see us try 4-5-1 with a proper holding midfielder. Looking forward to seeing Kevin Davies v Abdoulaye Faye.

4:34pm



 

4:33pm

Lots of people predicting 4-5-1 at the KC Stadium, with Spearing as the holding man.

4:26pm

So, to sum up, Jay Spearing is on loan from Liverpool for the season, and Michael O'Halloran is out on loan to Carlisle United for a month.

Where do you think Spearing will fit in? Will it be 4-5-1 or 4-4-2?

Tweet me your predicted teams/changed @MarcIles

4:09pm

Talk has already started about the loan window, which according to a couple of the more learned Twitterers, runs from September 8 to November 25. All new to me this Championship malarkey.

3:55pm

Vey good :-)

3:52pm

Again, the Voice of Bolton blog highlights an interesting tale and another wanderering ex-Wanderer, Ivan Klasnic

 

http://voiceofbolton.com/2012/08/31/qpr-closing-in-on-former-bolton-hitman/?wt=2

 

But QPR?? Really??

3:47pm

Amidst all this transfer nonsense (or lack of, in our case), it's great to hear that Bibi Gardner will be heading for the Soccer AM studios tomorrow morning. Hope they dig out the video to "Move To Your Goal!"

3:42pm

 
I'd forgotten about that! Bet Sky Sports don't have a giant clock counting down for that one...

3:40pm

 
Wouldn't argue with that. Wheater due back in December, God willing, and hopefully Vela won't be far behind him. And then there's Holden...

3:39pm

 
Wouldn't argue with that. Wheater due back in December, God willing, and hopefully Vela won't be far behind him. And then there's Holden...

3:35pm

Feel free to send your thoughts to me on Twitter @MarcIles about Wanderers' work in the transfer window - what they've done, what they should have done etc.

 

Also, I'll be trialling this feature at tomorrow's game against Hull City, so make sure you stick with us!

3:29pm

 
Hadn't heard anything concrete about him...

3:19pm

Careful not to speak too soon, but how big is it that Wanderers have kept hold of their whole squad this summer (NRC aside)? And does that put more pressure on to get promotion?

3:13pm

 
 
 

 

 

Opinions keep rolling in... Murphy would have been good though, wouldn't he? Not sure about wages, though.

3:08pm

Wigan and Reading apparently battling for Crystal Palace's Wilfred Zaha... which brings back memories of the last transfer window, which was also supposed to be a quiet one!

3:06pm

Joe Riley and Stu Holden adding their messages of support on Twitter for Josh Vela, who was ruled out for four months with knee ligament damage earlier today.

3:02pm

Interesting summary of Nigel Reo Coker's situation here from the Voice of Bolton blog...

http://voiceofbolton.com/2012/08/31/the-nigel-reo-coker-transfer-saga

 

2:17pm

1:04pm Fri 31 Aug 12

exiled says

Vela out 4 months. Bring back NRC!!

12:41pm Fri 31 Aug 12

Valderee says

BBC reporting that Coyle has completed business for the day. Is he really satisfied with that defence? Very worrying.

Another question to throw at the Bolton public, inspired by a tweet I just got from @Jj786bwfc

 

He wrote... we should've signed Bouba Diop free, just as cover.

 

Who has moved in this transfer window and made you think 'We should have gone for him'?

 

Tweet me @MarcIles

2:09pm

Meanwhile, your tweets on the business done in the transfer window keep rolling in...

 

@bwfcjgreen92 I wouldn't say we lack quality I would say based on the 3 games so far we have lacked grit and determination.

 

@pclangdon @mini0mk has a point. Defence looks suspect and without goal poacher teams struggle, look how many we miss inside 6 yards.

 

‏@nathaniel2510 I agree with the limited defence and striker problems. Defence we have is solid on paper just need to gel. But we need a scorer!

2:06pm

BBC reporting that Wanderers saying no more incomings before the deadline... Definitive? Not if someone takes a shine to one of our players, it isn't.

2:04pm

I'll worry if the Bolton coach is seen pulling over at the services to drop someone off...

1:54pm

Lynchy also brings up a good point... With the lads now on their way up to Hull, and an overnight stay, it's going to take something special to sign someone before the deadline, isn't it?

1:52pm

Couple of very relevant tweets from Jay Lynch a few moments ago:

 

Training finished & On the Way to the Hotel in Hull.. Would like to Welcome Jay Spearing to the club, seems a nice guy & settled in well

 

@joshvela a speedy recovery from his injury.. He will Bounce back bigger & Stronger from this.

1:37pm

@pattfurey Danny sturridge? Chelsea do owe us loan deal - worth a pop isn't it?

 

Think Studge would be looking for a Premier League loan, to be honest.

1:35pm

@nathaniel2510 I agree with the limited defence and striker problems. Defence we have is solid on paper just need to gel. But we need a scorer!

1:35pm

Sorry, still playing catch-up since lunch. Michael O'Halloran's one-month loan move to Carlisle has also been confirmed, I see. Good move for him. Needs games.

1:32pm

Owen Coyle on Vela injury: “Josh landed awkwardly and that is how the damage has been done.

“We feel for him because he had a period of injury last season, but he bounced back from that and appeared in the Premier League where he showed his quality.

“He will bounce back from this too and we will give him every ounce of help to make sure that he returns and becomes the top player that we all believe he can be.”

1:31pm

Sad news about Josh Vela, out for four months with a knee ligament injury.

12:04pm

@mini0mk As it stands, I don't think we have the quality to go back up. Defence is poor and no goal scorers upfront really.

 

Don't agree, personally. Anyone else?

12:03pm

@MartinWilly just seen Colonel Mustard in the library with what looked like a candlestick. Any truth in that rumour?

11:42am

Klasnic was at the Reebok to watch the Derby game. Showed a rare turn of pace to get past the press in the tunnel after the final whistle.

11:41am

@pclangdon makes a decent point. I personally think there are goals in our strikers (and Eagles etc behind them) but you can't argue there isn't a penalty box poacher like Klasnic in the squad.

Wonder where he'll end up, by the way? QPR last rumour I heard.

11:39am

@pclangdon do we need a goal poacher in the Klasnic mode ?. All our strikers are similar industrious but not natural finishers ?

11:14am

Loads asking if Spearing deal will be the last one today. Honest answer - I think so. But all we need is for one club to bid crazy money for Chung-Yong, Mark Davies etc, and it could all start up again quickly. In the meantime, I'm making myself another brew...

11:12am

Spearing's Liverpool team-mate, and now England international, wishing him all the best...

 

@MartinKelly1990 wanna wish speo all the best in helping bolton get back into the prem! Do your thing tommy pickles X

11:04am

New bit of transfer news for you... Carlisle United have asked about taking Michael O'Halloran on loan. Looks like it'll be a goer.

10:47am

The interesting thing with this Spearing deal is the clubs he turned down... Sunderland, QPR, Villa. Wolves also enquired this window, I understand. Just hope he fits the bill now!

10:41am

Owen Coyle on his new capture: “We have been in the market for a player of this kind for a long time, and Jay is someone that we have always had an eye on.

“He was previously never available and, indeed, played the majority of games in Liverpool’s first team last season in the Premier League.

“We did everything we can to bring Jay to the football club and so we are thrilled to bring in a player of his calibre.

“He is a young player that is driven, who is a terrific passer of the ball. He has a real desire to do well and has all the attributes that we crave at Bolton Wanderers.”

10:40am

HURRAH! Spearing deal confirmed...

10:33am

@DannyW91Bolton need another CB. Mills and Knight have looked shaky so far. Maybe another midfielder too.

10:31am

Taking up @JoshHealy's point there... I'd suggest Benik Afobe has shown he can finish. Fancy him and Kevin Davies for double figures this season.

10:29am

‏@JoshHealy I think all our 4 strikers are too similar and more of hold up players, we don't have any lethal finishers ie klasnic

10:26am

@ledcheese on paper Marc we have a strong squad. I'd like to see mills and ream play together at the back

10:18am

So, the window has brought us Andy Lonergan, Benik Afobe, Keith Andrews, Matt Mills and now Jay Spearing... how do you rate the business done? Are we lacking anywhere? Tweet me @MarcIles

10:12am

Quite a few people asking about loans out. For the younger players, I'd imagine they will wait until the loan window re-opens in a couple of weeks.

10:03am

Beleive Spearing will be officially announced on the club website at 10.30am, technology allowing. He will be on the team coach travelling to Hull this afternoon!

10:02am

@bazqwerts Heard 3 loan signings, Messi and Villa from Barca & Ronaldo from Real. Carlsberg don't do BWFC transfer rumours...

9:43am

@britpokergossip Spearing looks like Danny Murphy talks like Jason McAteer... hope he plays like Peter Reid

9:42am

OK - club say paperwork is going through and that it will be a SEASON LONG loan for Jay Spearing, which gives us plenty of time to look at him!

9:21am

Lots of people asking about the length of the Spearing loan - some saying season long, and others until January. Will try and nail that down in the next few minutes...

9:19am

@SteveThompson80 Spearing is a bit of a 'meh' signing. I'm sure he's decent enough. I'm more worried about who might be leaving us! #dontgochungy

9:18am

@spigy1 worried that we haven't got enough quality up front and central midfield is a huge concern, don't think spearing is the answer

9:17am

@rodge89 Spearing will be a decent addition for some midfield steel, and he should blossom with regular football. A CB would be nice, Owen.

9:04am

What do we think of Spearing then? The midfielder we've been looking for? Tweet me @MarcIles and I'll post up some of the replies I get...

9:03am

@GAinscow

@MarcIles I've heard absolutely no rumours apart from 6 month loan for spearing back on, now stoke have Adams....surely nothing else on?

 

Spearing loan has never been off... But certainly looks, at present, as if it's the only bit of incoming business at the Reebok.

8:56am

@robhillyard

@MarcIles Might not be much action on there if it is just BWFC related content.

 

You never say never Rob!

8:49am

For those asking, details of the loan are not official yet, but my opposite numbers at the Liverpool Echo seemed to suggest yesterday that it was until January, when the situation will be resolved. Stress, that's not confirmed yet!

8:48am

But will that be the only bit of business we see today for Wanderers? Follow me on Twitter @MarcIles with any deadline day gossip and I might just put the best tweets on here. Will give me something to do...

8:44am

Still waiting for official conformation of Jay Spearing's loan, which you may have read about in this morning's BN. I believe the full story will be on here soon...

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8:47am Fri 31 Aug 12

Valderee says...

Hi Marc, different "tweets" already this morning on length of Spearing loan - season long (Nixon/Sky); 6 months (also Sky?). What have you heard?
Hi Marc, different "tweets" already this morning on length of Spearing loan - season long (Nixon/Sky); 6 months (also Sky?). What have you heard? Valderee
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8:56am Fri 31 Aug 12

bwfchaiden says...

Hi Marc, few sources suggesting that NRC is being looked at by the Addicks. Any truth in the rumours he may rejoin us?
Hi Marc, few sources suggesting that NRC is being looked at by the Addicks. Any truth in the rumours he may rejoin us? bwfchaiden
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9:00am Fri 31 Aug 12

exiled says...

I'd be happy with the following:

- Matthew Upson - experienced CB, would be fine at this level and help our dodgy back four.

- Gary Neville - occasional / regular defence coach, lives in Bolton

- NRC - will learn from his experiences last season, gel with the squad better, and could be good option to strengthen the team.

Spearing may be ok, but the team needs experience and to be able to put ina few hard tackles this season. Can't rely on OC and his endless preaching about young players - the other top teams all have some muscle and experience available to them.
I'd be happy with the following: - Matthew Upson - experienced CB, would be fine at this level and help our dodgy back four. - Gary Neville - occasional / regular defence coach, lives in Bolton - NRC - will learn from his experiences last season, gel with the squad better, and could be good option to strengthen the team. Spearing may be ok, but the team needs experience and to be able to put ina few hard tackles this season. Can't rely on OC and his endless preaching about young players - the other top teams all have some muscle and experience available to them. exiled
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9:00am Fri 31 Aug 12

mickey12345 says...

morning marc this is probably the most important desdline day for us for a while with the position we are in , owen needs to get it right he needs someone who is going to make a big differance and give everyone a boost as confidence seems low if not i can see us struggling this season as this form as been going on for 18 months good luck owen....
morning marc this is probably the most important desdline day for us for a while with the position we are in , owen needs to get it right he needs someone who is going to make a big differance and give everyone a boost as confidence seems low if not i can see us struggling this season as this form as been going on for 18 months good luck owen.... mickey12345
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9:11am Fri 31 Aug 12

assasin says...

jay spearing just been interviewed on sky confirming mnth loan
jay spearing just been interviewed on sky confirming mnth loan assasin
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9:13am Fri 31 Aug 12

assasin says...

should read 6month
should read 6month assasin
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9:16am Fri 31 Aug 12

assasin says...

hi marc, have you head anythng about oc interested in a guy from dundee utd called russell ?
hi marc, have you head anythng about oc interested in a guy [ striker ] from dundee utd called russell ? assasin
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10:54am Fri 31 Aug 12

Valderee says...

Nixon now saying O'Halloran out on loan, Carlisle favourites? Still think we need a left back.
Nixon now saying O'Halloran out on loan, Carlisle favourites? Still think we need a left back. Valderee
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10:54am Fri 31 Aug 12

Valderee says...

Nixon now saying O'Halloran out on loan, Carlisle favourites? Still think we need a left back.
Nixon now saying O'Halloran out on loan, Carlisle favourites? Still think we need a left back. Valderee
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12:41pm Fri 31 Aug 12

Valderee says...

BBC reporting that Coyle has completed business for the day. Is he really satisfied with that defence? Very worrying.
BBC reporting that Coyle has completed business for the day. Is he really satisfied with that defence? Very worrying. Valderee
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1:04pm Fri 31 Aug 12

exiled says...

Vela out 4 months. Bring back NRC!!
Vela out 4 months. Bring back NRC!! exiled
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1:42pm Fri 31 Aug 12

wanderer4life says...

We must find a true goal scorer . . . period. Any thoughts?
We must find a true goal scorer . . . period. Any thoughts? wanderer4life
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3:45pm Fri 31 Aug 12

exiled says...

Bit worrying all this lack of transfer activity. Poor defence, variable midfield, misfiring strikers. maybe Mark Curtis ("agent/consultant") isn't capable of bringing the right players to our club.

If OC fails to deliver this time around (again) then he can't blame a tough fixture start, endless injuries, broken legs or Muamba's situation. It's in his hands alone.

Really hoped we'd get in experienced centre back, 1 midfielder and 1 goal poacher.
Bit worrying all this lack of transfer activity. Poor defence, variable midfield, misfiring strikers. maybe Mark Curtis ("agent/consultant") isn't capable of bringing the right players to our club. If OC fails to deliver this time around (again) then he can't blame a tough fixture start, endless injuries, broken legs or Muamba's situation. It's in his hands alone. Really hoped we'd get in experienced centre back, 1 midfielder and 1 goal poacher. exiled
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3:47pm Fri 31 Aug 12

exiled says...

Just reaslised Jim White will be bawling at me tonight on Sky. Can't stand the man.
Just reaslised Jim White will be bawling at me tonight on Sky. Can't stand the man. exiled
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5:11pm Fri 31 Aug 12

stuarth says...

I'm with you. Get another brew, that one must be cold now.

So......... any news?
I'm with you. Get another brew, that one must be cold now. So......... any news? stuarth
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8:50pm Fri 31 Aug 12

dazza666 says...

Hi Marc, Anything solid on the Jason Beckford rumour?
Thanks, Max
Hi Marc, Anything solid on the Jason Beckford rumour? Thanks, Max dazza666
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10:14pm Fri 31 Aug 12

dazza666 says...

Just signed RAZIAK.......aghhhh flash backs!!!! ;-)
Just signed RAZIAK.......aghhhh flash backs!!!! ;-) dazza666
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11:01pm Fri 31 Aug 12

dazza666 says...

Last Min signing.... Defender....M. Owen....ever heard of him!?
Last Min signing.... Defender....M. Owen....ever heard of him!? dazza666
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11:34pm Fri 31 Aug 12

hoboh2o says...

Coyle wouldn't know how to sign a cheque never mind players we need!
Hope the new lad brings his splinter pickers with him.
Coyle wouldn't know how to sign a cheque never mind players we need! Hope the new lad brings his splinter pickers with him. hoboh2o
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9:44am Sat 1 Sep 12

Michael123 says...

Having followed BWFC for over 40 years I know our fortunes run in cycles. We are firmly on a downward spiral with no chance of making progress out of this division.

I an sure OC has had his day as his team lack flair, pace,belief and a absolute shambolic defence. Our playes wear the awful designed shirts wth as much pride and movement as bill board carriers

So to make progress. I believe success this seaon will be to avoid relegation. Lets get Reebok back on our shirts as the current one reminds me too much to the days of Normid.

OC believes in youth yet we see a serious lack of real talent coming through the ranks that our future can be based on, Get rid of it and replace it with decent talent scouts

If Phil Gartside would have backed Big Sam at a time when we had potential to make that final push, he wouldn't have left and then who knows?

We need a new manager ( Am I the only person that thinks OC post match ontervews now resembles someone who requires deperate care as he has lost sight of what is really going on )

As to that only Phil Gartside will know. Maybe he will bring back Sammy from his pocket!!!!
Having followed BWFC for over 40 years I know our fortunes run in cycles. We are firmly on a downward spiral with no chance of making progress out of this division. I an sure OC has had his day as his team lack flair, pace,belief and a absolute shambolic defence. Our playes wear the awful designed shirts wth as much pride and movement as bill board carriers So to make progress. I believe success this seaon will be to avoid relegation. Lets get Reebok back on our shirts as the current one reminds me too much to the days of Normid. OC believes in youth yet we see a serious lack of real talent coming through the ranks that our future can be based on, Get rid of it and replace it with decent talent scouts If Phil Gartside would have backed Big Sam at a time when we had potential to make that final push, he wouldn't have left and then who knows? We need a new manager ( Am I the only person that thinks OC post match ontervews now resembles someone who requires deperate care as he has lost sight of what is really going on ) As to that only Phil Gartside will know. Maybe he will bring back Sammy from his pocket!!!! Michael123
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