Updated: Jul 2, 2020
The League Two season is yet to finish however for the majority, the season has drawn to a premature end. The League Two play offs are still to be played and the EFL are yet to announce which out of Macclesfield Town and Stevenage will be relegated. AFC Barrow have been promoted from the Conference, with Harrogate Town, Notts County, Yeovil Town, Boreham Wood, AFC Halifax and Barnet, battling out for the second promotion spot. However, as the season has curtailed for many, the majority of League Two clubs have announced their retained lists. Some of the decisions made by clubs have been somewhat surprising to many.
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Within this article, we will be looking at 6 of the best free agents that League Two sides should be looking to sign this summer.
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It was announced by Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe that Antoni Sarcevic, 28, will be leaving the club this summer after the Mancunian rejected the offer of a new deal. Sarcevic had been at the club for over three years, since joining from League One side Shrewsbury Town. In what was a great final season for Sarcevic at The Pilgrims, he grabbed ten goals before it was announced that Plymouth Argyle had gained promotion on a PPG ruling, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Ryan Lowe revealed that Sarcevic has rejected the offer by Plymouth, so he can "move back closer to home". League Two moneybags Salford City are currently favourites to sign the talented midfielder. Salford City have spent big over recent seasons and by the looks of things, there will be no change to that mantra going fowards. Salford City are managed by Graham Alexander, Sarcevic's old manager at Fleetwood, consequently when Fleetwood won promotion from League One back in the 2013/14 season. Antoni Sarcevic has recently featured on a The Honest Football Podcast, where he discussed his footballing career to date. If you would like to listen or watch this podcast, please click on the video below.
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In May 2020, it was announced by relegation threatened League Two strugglers Macclesfield Town that their star player Theo Archibald would be leaving the club "with immediate effect". Archibald, 22, started his career at Scottish giants Celtic before moving to English Championship side Brentford in 2017. After a loan spell at Forest Green Rovers in the 2018/19 season, Archibald signed permanently for League Two side Macclesfield Town at the start of the 2019/20 season. Archibald has been sparkling light in what has been a difficult season for The Silkmen. Archibald, in one season alone, has played under four managers, seen Macclesfield get deducted 11 points and not get paid on a number of occasions. Archibald went on to grab six goals in all competitions for the Silkmen. Back in January 2020, The Athletic revealed that Macclesfield had received a bid for the talented Glaswegian but this bid was rejected. League One side Lincoln City are rumoured to be interested in bringing the former Celtic youngster to their club this summer.
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Paddy Osadebe, 23, is another player on this list who was most recently at struggling Macclesfield Town. Osadebe was born in Ireland but started his career at Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur however failed to break into the first team picture. Osadebe moved on to League One side Gillingham and featured consisently for The Gills before moving to League Two side Cambridge United after two seasons at the club. Osadebe was out of favour with then Cambridge manager Shaun Derry and left the club at the start of last season. Sol Campbell, at the time, Macclesfield Town manager, was the man to reignite the Irishman's career, after making the move for the midfielder at the start of the 2019/20 season. Osadebe scored 4 times for The Silkmen in all competitions before he left the club at the end of the January transfer window. It was expected that Osadebe would be joining his former manager Sol Campbell at League One side Southend United but that deal was halted due to a transfer embargo. For now, Osadebe is still without a club but would certainly be an asset for any League Two side.
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Farrend Rawson, 23, was surprisingly released by League Two side Forest Green Rovers. Rawson, born in Nottingham, joined the club in 2018 and has been a key figure for the side, as Forest Green Rovers unfortunately missed out on the play offs. At 23 years of age, Rawson has a host of Football League experience, mostly higher than League Two after loan spells with League One sides Rotherham and Coventry earlier in his career. If Rawson does stay in League Two, he would certainly be a coup for any League Two side. However, due to the financial impact of Covid-19, League Two sides may struggle to afford the towering centre back.
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Ben Stephens, 22, joined Macclesfield Town in June 2018, signing his first professional contract. Before Macclesfield, he was a prolific goalscorer at Non-League side Stratford Town. As well as being selected for Jamie Vardy's V9 academy before his move to The Silkmen, the pony-tailed number 10 also had trials at Football League sides Coventry City, Ipswich Town and Birmingham City. During his time at Stratford, Stephens received high praise from manager Carl Adams, with Adams stating "he’s a special player and he’s creating a big name for himself". When moving to Macclesfield, Stephens struggled with injuries before breaking his way into the first team picture. In a struggling Macclesfield side, Stephens impressed and was a key man for The Silkmen. Due to the issues off the field at Macclesfield over recent seasons, Stephens probably never really hit his full potential at Macclesfield Town. Stephens grabbed 6 goals in all competitions for The Silkmen over his two seasons at the club however, it wouldn't be surprising at all to see him snapped up for a League Two club over the summer.
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Jake Hessenthaler, 26, was recently released by League Two side Grimsby, much to the surprise of many of their fans. Since joining the club in 2018, Hessenthaler has been a regular for the side and one of Grimsby's most consistent performers. Hessenthaler has a host of Football League experience, both at League Two level and also at League One due to his spell with former side Gillingham. Hessenthaler may manage to gain a move back to League One level, however like many others on this list, if he is still plying his trade in League Two, at the start of the 2020/21 season, then he would be an outstanding signing at this level.
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