Sean Gregan Available!

by Wayne Raper - 13th October 2010

sean gregan available!

After Mark Cooper's recent calls for leaders within the team following 3 losses on the trot and a lack of direction and fight on the pitch, fate has managed to throw up the exact player that the club should be looking to bring in. Arguably Darlington FC youth developments greatest find Sean Gregan, has been made available for transfer by Oldham boss Paul Dickov this week. Gregan who has amassed close to £2.5m in transfer fees since leaving Darlington has played in every league in English football including a stint

Starting out at Darlington as a centre back, he quickly grew in stature to be one of the clubs star performers week-in week-out and after 160 appearances for the club Preston came knocking with a bid that Darlington just couldn't turn down. Gregan's career went from strength to strength at Preston, converted to a central midfielder by a certain David Moyes, he was instrumental in Preston's climb up the leagues, twice claiming player of the year awards, and earning himself the nickname 'GOD'!

A spell at West Brom followed, where he finally got the chance to grace the Premiership - unfortunately this only lasted one season as the Baggies were relegated, only to bounce back the following season with Gregan at the helm captaining the side to promotion.

Gregan didn't get another chance of Premiership football as he was sold to Leeds United in the summer. His time at Leeds was a bit of a mixed bag, some inconsistent displays in midfield led to him not being favoured by the Leeds faithful, but a switch back to his defensive position that he'd been converted back to at WBA did the trick, and yet again he was producing consistent displays that won over the fans.

After finding it difficult to break into the Leeds team at the start of the 06/07 season, a loan move to Oldham materialised and it was at the end of this loan spell that Leeds cancelled his contract, allowing him to sign a 2 and a half year deal with the Latics. Following a common theme at the clubs he'd been with, Gregan was made captain and went on to feature almost 150 times for the club. His time was almost cut short when ex-Darlo boss Dave Penney took over the Boundary Park hot seat and released Gregan, however Sean won him over with his attitude and fitness levels and was brought back to the club on a one-year deal.

This season has seen Sean struggling for first team football under new boss Paul Dickov who publicly stated that he was willing to let the club captain leave, however if he did not find a club Dickov was more than happy to have him stay as club captain because of his influence around the place. Gregan yesterday decided to give up the captaincy at the club as he felt it would be better served by someone playing regularly and his stated his desire to get back playing week-in, week-out, whatever the level.

At 36, he's probably only got the rest of this season and one more in him and it would be a fantastic end to his career if he came home and clinched a promotion that he never managed first time around, the closest coming in the 95/96 season where he was part of the team beaten at Wembley by Plymouth Argle. Any fears over his fitness should be allayed by the fact he played every minute of every League One game for Oldham last year - picking up player of the year.

If any of the 'powers that be' are reading, Sean would go a MASSIVE way towards getting the fans back on side - a local lad with a passion for the club, a natural born leader with bags of experience able to play in both defence and midfield, and more importantly do so with style and the eye for a pass....EXACTLY what we're in need of.

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divas - 13th October 2010 10:59:34

A great interview with Sean that just goes to show what type of a person he is (even if it is all geared towards Preston in this particular piece).

http://www.lep.co.uk/sport/football/big ... n_1_122843

kingkev - 13th October 2010 11:49:00

I think it would be great if sean gregan came back to replace paul terry in centre midfield i hope sean reads these and sees the fans want him back and hope mark copper would move to get him to come back to darlo.

dickdarlington - 13th October 2010 12:01:27

I'm always reluctant when we're linked to former players. Just look at Appleby, Gaughan and so on. But on this occasion, I'd welcome him with open arms. Just what we need at this point in time. Although I do fear we'll not be able to afford his wages. I also think he'll end up finding another club in League one/ambitious league two. He's still at that level. Don't be surprised if Wadsworth makes a move.

BishopQuaker - 13th October 2010 12:01:55

Would he sacrifice a paycut for lower league football, albeit first team football though?

mikkyx - 13th October 2010 12:08:39

BishopQuaker wrote:Would he sacrifice a paycut for lower league football, albeit first team football though?
Perhaps for us if not for anyone else. Fingers crossed.

Darlo_Pete - 13th October 2010 12:12:33

Is this just Scott seeing that he's been put on the transfer list and hoping he comes back to us or is there more substance to this story and the club are looking to try and bring him back tio the club?

cameron-darlo - 13th October 2010 12:13:37

never saw him play, but judging by what you lot are saying, GET HIM IN!

divas - 13th October 2010 12:27:04

Darlo_Pete wrote:Is this just Scott seeing that he's been put on the transfer list and hoping he comes back to us or is there more substance to this story and the club are looking to try and bring him back tio the club?
no.

DarloOnTheUp - 13th October 2010 12:36:59

mrcoops1984 wrote:We have too many central defenders/midfielders as it is without adding to them. If we bring in Gregan we should get shot of G.Smith.

Has Gregan got Facebook? Andy could always be tasked to try and sign him.
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! WE GET THE FUCKING POINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Craig09 - 13th October 2010 13:28:38

WOULD BE A GREAT SIGNING GREAT LEADER SHIP QUALITYS JUST WHAT WE NEED

BishopQuaker - 13th October 2010 14:25:09

Craig09 wrote:WOULD BE A GREAT SIGNING GREAT LEADER SHIP QUALITYS JUST WHAT WE NEED
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SteveSC - 13th October 2010 14:47:38

Love to see him back, but I'd be suprised to see it happen.

Wages are likely to be an issue, and I'm sure he feels (rightly or otherwise) that he can play a bit longer without going non-league. He might be prepared to drop to our level if there was some sort of coaching role involved to get him on the management ladder (if thats what he wants to do) - not sure if that would be possible with us - had things gone differently at the weekend may have been a possibility?

BP in Belper - 13th October 2010 18:41:15

If Gregan returns you will be able to turn out a whole field full of donkeys! You lot obviously haven't seen him play in recent seasons. He makes Gary Strodder look like an electric hare. Forget Gregan, from what I read you've got enough comedic characters in your squad already.

we_8_poolie - 13th October 2010 21:11:48

Just the type of player to sit in front of the back 4 to release other midfielders to join the attack. Just the sort of player Cooper needs, big, strong, experienced with a bit of a mouth.

Get him in.

Fetish_bob - 13th October 2010 22:38:09

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8156&hilit=gregan

Slow and past it

divas - 13th October 2010 22:46:16

Fetish_bob wrote:viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8156&hilit=gregan

Slow and past it
We have Kevin Austin who you could also fit in that bracket and he's not particularly struggled in the BSP - and Gregan has way more quality than him, even if he is a fair bit slower - he never used to be Linford anyway.

comeondarlo - 14th October 2010 02:03:22

I've never understood why he moved to midfield, for me he's always been a central defender.

If we got him back I'd have him in the heart of defence as Captain and as W8P said above the mouth of the team.

Bring him home!

shadwellman - 14th October 2010 12:48:16

Yes please and bring back Blakey with you.

PJPoolie - 16th October 2010 12:17:32

Sean Gregan is now one the very worst players in the football league, he's been awful for years. Watching him trying to deal with James Brown at Boundary Park last season was painful, painfully funny actually. At one point he tried to bring the ball out of defence, ala Alan Hansen, and just fell over, he didn't stop at that he lumbered to his feet like a tired sloth and hacked down the Pools player who'd picked up the ball. The resulting free kick went in the top corner.

Fuck me he made Denis Behan look good. He's totally finished and needs to accept that.

Ned_Flanders - 16th October 2010 12:52:46

PJPoolie wrote:Sean Gregan is now one the very worst players in the football league, he's been awful for years. Watching him trying to deal with James Brown at Boundary Park last season was painful, painfully funny actually. At one point he tried to bring the ball out of defence, ala Alan Hansen, and just fell over, he didn't stop at that he lumbered to his feet like a tired sloth and hacked down the Pools player who'd picked up the ball. The resulting free kick went in the top corner.

f*** me he made Denis Behan look good. He's totally finished and needs to accept that.

Are you judging him as a finished player because of a shocker against Pools ?

PJPoolie - 16th October 2010 13:01:14

Ned_Flanders wrote:
PJPoolie wrote:Sean Gregan is now one the very worst players in the football league, he's been awful for years. Watching him trying to deal with James Brown at Boundary Park last season was painful, painfully funny actually. At one point he tried to bring the ball out of defence, ala Alan Hansen, and just fell over, he didn't stop at that he lumbered to his feet like a tired sloth and hacked down the Pools player who'd picked up the ball. The resulting free kick went in the top corner.

f*** me he made Denis Behan look good. He's totally finished and needs to accept that.

Are you judging him as a finished player because of a shocker against Pools ?
He's had about 10 shockers against Pools in recent years, consistently our man of the match!!

Charlie_Darlo - 16th October 2010 13:25:48

I still think he could do a job at this level. We could take him on loan until January to see if it works out.

Quakerz - 16th October 2010 17:37:02

PJPoolie wrote:Sean Gregan is now one the very worst players in the football league, he's been awful for years. Watching him trying to deal with James Brown at Boundary Park last season was painful, painfully funny actually. At one point he tried to bring the ball out of defence, ala Alan Hansen, and just fell over, he didn't stop at that he lumbered to his feet like a tired sloth and hacked down the Pools player who'd picked up the ball. The resulting free kick went in the top corner.

f*** me he made Denis Behan look good. He's totally finished and needs to accept that.
If he is totally finished then why did he sweep the awards up at Oldham last year?

PJPoolie - 17th October 2010 21:47:19

Quakerz wrote:
PJPoolie wrote:Sean Gregan is now one the very worst players in the football league, he's been awful for years. Watching him trying to deal with James Brown at Boundary Park last season was painful, painfully funny actually. At one point he tried to bring the ball out of defence, ala Alan Hansen, and just fell over, he didn't stop at that he lumbered to his feet like a tired sloth and hacked down the Pools player who'd picked up the ball. The resulting free kick went in the top corner.

f*** me he made Denis Behan look good. He's totally finished and needs to accept that.
If he is totally finished then why did he sweep the awards up at Oldham last year?
A lot of Oldham fans seem to love him but last season was one of the worst, dullest seasons they have ever had POTY often becomes a popularity contest when you have a bad season. As much as admire Ritchie Humphreys he's got a few cheap awards at Pools in his time.