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5 free agents Plymouth Argyle must consider ASAP

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With hundreds of contracts expiring across the EFL next month, there will be plenty of players up for grabs ahead of the 2024/25 season and Plymouth Argyle will be as eager as anyone to snap up new recruits.




With a win on the final day of the previous season, the Pilgrims maintained their status as a Championship club and hope to expand their ranks and finish higher up the table next year.

With a lot of comings and goings expected at Home Park over the next few months – both in the dugout and on the field – the Devon side have already identified a number of potential free agents who could provide a breath of fresh air in the dressing room during the off-season.

Here we take a look at five potential signings that Argyle should consider, with additional firepower a key objective for a side that struggled to find the back of the net in the second half of last season.


Ruel Sotiriou

Ruel Sotiriou


Ruel Sotiriou has been Leyton Orient's top scorer over the past few seasons. Last season, the Cypriot international scored 11 goals in the third division.

The striker worked his way up the Brisbane Road club and his natural goal-scoring instinct saw him score goals regularly for Richie Wellens' side as they rose from League Two, and the next level of the EFL pyramid looks set to pose no problem for him either.

Many of Argyle's chances last season were created by Ryan Hardie or Morgan Whittaker, and the Greens could do with another genuine striker in the squad, especially as Ben Waine's substitutions have not been particularly impressive.

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A player like Sotiriou has the tenacity and footballing acumen to be in the right place at the right time and make the most of every opportunity that comes his way. And at just 23 years of age, he still has plenty of time to develop into a regular goalscorer in the Football League.


The striker has been offered a new contract with the O's but has yet to sign anything, meaning Argyle could make a move to sign the Cypriot in time to challenge Hardie in the centre of attack.

Cyrus Christie

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After experimenting with a back four all season, Director of Football Neil Dewsnip's tenure as manager saw him return at the end of the season to the tried and tested back five that had served Argyle so well in the past.

With three dominant centre-backs guarding the back line, players like Joe Edwards, Bali Mumba or Mickel Miller could storm up and down the flanks from the full-back position, creating the width to spread the opposition out.


With Miller yet to sign the new contract offered to him by the Devon side this summer, a full-back spot could open up at Home Park this summer and a player like Cyrus Christie could fit that role perfectly following his release from Hull City.

The former Liverpool player has made a living running up and down the wings during his time in the EFL and despite being 31 years old, his experience at this level could make him a great addition.

Whether Steven Schumacher, Ian Foster or Dewsnip were in charge for the Pilgrims last season, the full-backs were constantly rotated to give fresh legs the chance to work hard on the flanks – this could give Christie the chance to make an impact when he is needed.

Jonathan Hogg

Jonathan Hogg


He may have been offered an extension to his current contract at Huddersfield Town, but as it stands, Jonathan Hogg will be a free agent in July.

Argyle should consider the possibility of signing a player with the midfielder's experience this summer, as his agility in tackles and willingness to win the ball back is something the Greens could use in midfield.

Together with Adam Forshaw, who was newly signed in January, both players could play an important role as elder statesmen in the Pilgrims' engine room next season, with their additional experience in the Championship making the crucial difference in an emergency.


Jonathan Hogg Huddersfield Town 23/24 Championship Stats

Appearances

34

Starts

32

Pass the exam

79.6%

Tackles/90

2.78

Blocks/90

1.54

Passes intercepted/90

1.51

Source: FBRef

He may be 35 years old, but the former Watford man made 35 appearances in all competitions for the Terriers last season and could still do a good job as a midfielder if he were to move to Home Park this summer after making over 350 appearances for the Yorkshire side.

If Argyle fans find his age a little off-putting, they only need to look to crowd favourite Lilian Nalis for an example of a late-career player who has been in charge while playing for the Greens in the Championship. Hogg could offer just as much, even if it is only on a one-year deal.


Sam Sherring

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Sam Sherring's reputation has grown with each season he plays in the EFL. The Northampton Town man shone as part of the Cobblers' defence in last season's League One.

With 35 interceptions, 165 clearances and 30 tackles to his name for the Sixfields side last season, the centre-back has earned a reputation as a rock-solid player for Jon Brady's team, who made the step up to League One with ease.

Town are keen to keep hold of the defender beyond this summer but with his current contract with the club expiring next month, there will no doubt be plenty of clubs interested in his signature ahead of the 24/25 season.


One of them is likely to be Argyle, especially since Brendan Galloway may leave the club at the end of June and the Zimbabwean international has not yet decided on the club despite being offered a new contract.

With Ash Phillips also returning to his parent club on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, the Greens will be looking to sign a few defenders over the next few months. Lewis Gibson, Dan Scarr and Julio Pleguezuelo are the club's three recognised centre-backs.

Someone like Sherring could help fill the void left by this summer. His defensive qualities are likely to complement the three defenders the club already have and his ability with the ball at his feet is also a big selling point.

Arkell Jude-Boyd

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It's no secret that Arkell Jude-Boyd has been attracting interest at Home Park recently, with the right-back set to leave Queens Park Rangers when his contract expires this month.

Both Rotherham United and Argyle are said to be interested in the defender, who impressed during his loan spell at Devon neighbours Torquay United earlier this season.

The 21-year-old was named the Gulls' Young Player of the Season despite only joining in January. During his time at Plainmoor, he scored six goals in 17 appearances as United staved off any fears of relegation from the National League South.

Although Rangers are unwilling to offer him a new contract at Loftus Road, Argyle's use of strong full-backs could mean that a move for Jude-Boyd is on the cards, as the young defender's profile seems to fit perfectly into the Greens' backline.


With the emphasis on getting as far forward as possible, the right-back would be a great asset both in and out of possession for the coming season and Argyle will need to act quickly to place him where the other EFL clubs are targeting him.