Bristol Rovers almost threatened to pull off the minor miracle of a triple promotion last season as Darrell Clarke’s side looked an outside chance for a League One play off spot, following back to back promotions in the previous two years.
Clarke would have been ecstatic with his side’s 10th placed finish, and will use the summer transfer window to bolster his squad, ahead of an assault on the top six once the new season rolls around in August.
A number of players have left the Memorial Stadium this summer, and Clarke will need replacements to ensure his squad is ready ahead of the new campaign.
Rovers were deadly in front of goal last season, but it was their defensive output which ultimately cost the club a play-off spot.
The conceding of 70 goals is not the form of a promotion team, and Clarke will look to address this issue in the coming weeks.
One man who Clarke could turn to is Reece Wabara, who is set to be a free agent when his short term deal with Bolton Wanderers expires at the end of the month.
The former Manchester City defender promised so much when coming through the youth ranks at the Etihad, but his fall from grace has resulted in free agency from a League One club.
At only 25, Wabara is young enough to relaunch his career, and a successful period in Bristol could ensure the player elevates himself higher up the football pyramid once more.
Wabara remains an extremely talented young defender, and Bolton’s loss could certainly prove to be Rovers’ gain.