With the League Two 18/19 season not yet over till the playoff final on Saturday, Oldham have shown that they are not going to rest on their laurels and leave the building of the squad for next season to the last minute.
In a move that has been widely welcomed, Latics have managed to persuade Gevaro Nepomuceno to sign a one-year extension to his contract. Without doubt, Gevaro had an excellent 18/19 season with us and will be a useful asset next season. Few teams at League Two level play with a winger, preferring a more direct approach and Nepomuceno showed on numerous occasions that having a player out wide, especially one who can cross the ball so accurately is a great asset.
Gevaro’s skill was best displayed against Fulham in the FA Cup, when he provided the cross for Callum Lang’s winner but there have been other notable performances.
Athletic’s other signing was Alex Iacovitti who was on loan with the club last season from Nottingham Forest. The 21-year-old was released at the end of the season and apparently, Latics beat off stiff competition for his signature. Alex is ideal for League Two due to his size and physical presence. He may well find that he gets a lot more starts next season due to the exit of club captain Peter Clarke and, the possible transfer of George Edmondson to any one of a number of interested parties.
In the past, the club has been accused of leaving the building of the team for the new season too late, and early results have suffered as a consequence. The other critique is that Latics are signing players before appointing a new coach, but the urgency in getting Nepomuceno was evident as he could easily have signed for one of our rivals.
There is plenty going on at the club that fans are uneasy with, however, the signing up of two decent players who have already proven their worth should quieten down the doubters for the time being.