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Swans Offer Oakes 1 Year Contract

Swansea City have offered former Walsall goalkeeper a 1 year contract after a successful trial with the club.

The 29 year-old is available on a free after Walsall released him this summer.

He also played 45 minutes in our first pre-season friendly against Carmarthen. He played in the second half and managed to keep a cleansheet. The match ended in a 3-3 draw with Trundle, McLeod and Knight on target for the Swans.

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The Journalist

Writer: KevinE Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 20 2006

Time: 6:04PM

Your Comments

yay we gor unuva goalkeeper
swanz_gal_05
We Got another goalkeeper****
philmix
Hope he's good!!
Jackman2006
Oakes is nor gd, i no this cause is team went dwn last season and that says it all!!
swanzboichris
The defence would have played a part in their relegation as well. When we nearly got relegated from the whole FL, who was in goal? Roger Freestone! You can't just base it on that. He hasn't even signed the contract yet either!
KevinE
swansea gal and Swansboichrsplease stop using text language . I just hope he can shake willy into improving , I hope that he will be agood addition to our side and also will be able to communicate effectivly.
sbrjack
"I just hope he can shake willy into improving" haha lol!
KevinE
Hes a goalkeeper. Not a great one. he'll do as back up.
bdazzler1
I suppose he'll do as backup, but we want a keeper that can compete with Gueret for the no.1 spot, not sure Oakes can do that.
KevinE
No Kev. Nor am i. But i dont think theres much else about. Never know tho, he might suprise us all.
bdazzler1
yup i very much hope he is decent cover. Kenny can bring the best out of player .
sbrjack
" i rate him, allways thought he was decent- good luck to him"
millers4eva
he shud be good enough 4 cover hope e plays a couple ov games gd lck 2 im nxt season
swanzboichris
He was good enough at Hull for Derby to fork out nearly 500,000 for him. He's been released by Walsall mainly because they can't afford to renew his contract. Seems like a decent enough stopper, and hopefully can return to the level he was at Hull.
Jobcentrejack
Gueret let in 3 goals against Carmarthen with Monk and Austin in the middle of the back four. Second half Oakes had Izzy and Watt in front of him (my first choice pairing) and a clean sheet, may be he had nothing to do. A sound defence can give a Goalkeeper greater confidence. Gueret does need to boss and shout to control his area effectively.
willow
He's not a bad keeper at all. Swindon had probably the second best keeper in the league last year and went down. Always remember, the ball has to get past ten outfield players before the keeper!!
josieswan
I guess we dont really know how good he is yet...maybe he can really challenge Willy and crack his way into the team!! If he joins us!!
Jackman2006
Maybe going to a better club than walsall will let him shine a bit.
swanzboichris
 

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