Who doesn’t enjoy a test at the lower ends of the football league? It is rare that you find yourself at a club in League Two with a healthy wage/transfer budget, so, in saying that I have put together a list of some players well worth recruiting, and not costing a penny.
The former Sunderland and Norwich City player found himself last playing in League One with Southend United. The defender, best known for his leadership skills and no nonsense style of defending, can use his experience to encourage a strong promotion push for any League Two side.
Most recently a League One player at AFC Wimbledon, Anthony Wordsworth has bags of experience in the lower divisions. Used mainly as a central midfielder, the 31 year old is best used for his technical ability and overall work rate. Deemed as a set-piece specialist, his versatility is seen to be one of many useful attributes. Wages around the £900 p/w mark, the Englishman is a safe, affordable option to enhance your squad.
Supposedly operating at a decent League One level, Marc Wilson’s age and lack of potential fits him more appropriately into a League Two side. Able to play anywhere across the back four and even as a defensive midfielder, the Irishman has great experience that could prove key in guiding a team to promotion. Best known for his determination and positioning, the ex-Sunderland and Stoke defender is someone who can bring extra solidity to a defence.
Most notable for his prolific time in the Premier League with QPR, Jamie Mackie’s driven pursuit to score goals considers him a terrific League Two outfit. Incredibly high attributes in natural fitness, work rate and stamina prove that for the Scottish forward, age is just a number. The veteran striker has all the key traits shaping him into an extremely convenient free transfer.
In his last two spells, Ben Alnwick made just shy of 200 appearances for Bolton and Peterborough in the Football League. At only 33 years-old, the goalkeeper comes very cheap, eating into only a small percentage of your wage budget. His skills centralising in handling, one on ones and reflexes conclude that he is comfortable in adapting to life in League Two, securing a safe pair of hands between the sticks.
A top quality steal for those aiming for a successful season in League Two. Previously a player at Scunthorpe and Wigan, the winger has many stand out attributes to add affect to a team. Known for impressive crossing and explosive pace, Colclough would certainly be a good signing to perform strongly out wide.