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12-goal star in: How Plymouth Argyle could line up against Crewe Alexandra on the opening day of the campaign

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A big season awaits Plymouth Argyle, who will be hoping to bounce back into League One at the first time of asking next term.

The Pilgrims, despite fighting for a play-off spot in the previous campaign, endured a hugely disappointing season last time out, one that eventually culminated in relegation back down to Sky Bet League Two.

Plenty are expecting the Devon club to go straight back up next year, though, having appointed a manager who did exactly that last year.

Ryan Lowe steered Bury towards automatic promotion after a one-year stay in League Two last term, but off-field problems at Gigg Lane have ultimately allowed the Pilgrims to come in and lure him away from the Shakers.

The 40-year-old has wasted no time in strengthening his squad ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, and as Argyle prepare to take on Crewe Alexandra in the opening game of the season, we take a look at how they might line up in a month’s time.

Starting off with the signings that Argyle have already made, and Danny Mayor is undoubtedly the standout addition so far.

The 28-year-old, who was a target for League One giants Ipswich Town, was nominated for the League Two Player of the Season award last term, after scoring 12 goals and producing as many as assists for Bury.

A dangerous left-sided midfielder who can also play in attacking midfield, Mayor will be hoping to secure two promotions in two years next season, and the signing is a massive statement of intent by Argyle to say the least.

Argyle have also added versatile Walsall midfielder Joe Edwards to their squad – the 28-year-old can play on the right-hand side of midfield, but is expected to be the anchorman in Lowe’s preferred system next season.

Argyle will definitely be in the market for a new striker, with top goalscorer Freddie Ladapo recently departing for Rotherham United for a reported fee of £500,000.

After missing out on rumoured target Nicky Maynard to Mansfield Town, Lowe will have other options on his mind, but right now, it looks as if Ryan Taylor will lead the line alongside versatile attacker Joel Grant

Their most recent signing is Will Aimson, who also signs from Bury. The ball-playing defender will be an integral figure for the Pilgrims next season, as Lowe looks to utilise his three-at-the-back system.

Plymouth have taken former Brighton defender Ben Barclay on trial – the central defender spent the second half of last season on loan with Notts County, and will be hoping to get signed up by the Green Army this summer.

Lowe will also look to strengthen his options in between the sticks, and after missing out on reported target Frank Fielding to Millwall, it’s a position that he will need to strengthen, with Michael Cooper currently their only goalkeeper.

The youngster is going to get a chance to impress new manager Lowe in pre-season.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

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