<div align=center>2037-38 Middlesbrough Season Preview</div>
We had a very busy off-season. A dozen or so new faces were brought in to the senior side. But before we get to the new signings. Let's a look at the team finances:
Season tickets were down from the previous financial update but average attendance is up by over 1,500 fans per game. This caused a huge increase in gate revenue which in turn leads to a big increase in the ticket & TV revenue. As a result, we are expect to turn a 3.6 million pound profit between our ticket & TV revenue and our wage budget. Also, this season, we do not have a 300k per stadium loan to pay off. These events should put us on solid financial footing going forward. We do lose a little money in our affiliate club set up. I'm probably going to cut ties with the two foreign clubs when we become a more reputable side and try to add some more English side in League 1 and 2.
The biggest impact made, this summer, was in the transfer market. We were very busy selling players and bringing in new players to the side.
A DOZEN NEW FACES BROUGHT IN!
Our scouts were busy in the 2035-36 season identifying players can could come into the team on the cheap to help upgrade the team. We've cleared out a lot of older deadwood players to clear a path for these new faces.
Luke Thorpe is a right back on the outside looking in at Bournemouth. He was brought in to start straight away at Middlesbrough. Neil Cooper, while our best option last year, is not ready for the starting right-back role and will move back to a back-up role for this season.
John Morris: a loanee from West Ham will bring some much needed depth at left wing.
Herman King a center back from Ajax who wasn't going to make the first team and Ajax was willing to let him walk for nothing. So, we got MIddlesbrough One and picked him in Amsterdam to bring him here. He should develop into a starting role but will learn by watching to start his career here.
Ali Tan: since we were in Holland picking up Herman King, we stopped for Ali Tan while we were there. A center forward who should develop like King but also like King, Tan will learn by watching this season.
There was still room on Middlesbrough One for two more players from Holland. Danny Visscher a goalkeeper and Marco Kijlin a left back both from AZ joined King and Tan on the plane. Visscher will slide into the reserve keeper role and Kijlin will be our starting left back right from the get go.
Thiago got into a contract dispute with Lille so we swooped down and picked him up for nothing. Hoping that his Brazilian skill and technique will rub off on the team.
Francesco Rondo was no longer wanted by Benfica. One man's trash is another man's treasure. Rondo will be our starter in goal.
Yaw Adams Ajaccio was having a sale due to financial issues. Adams was for sale and we found the bargain price to our liking. Will split time with returning loanee Iljan Tas at one of the center forward positions.
Injuries cost Dylan McDowell his starting spot at Celtic. His personality is Leader so not only he take over one of the starting spots at center back, I will be handing him the captain's armband as well.
Patryk Kowalczyk is a water-carrying central midfielder. Our roster needs one of those in the lineup. Kowalczyk will step into the center of the midfield from day.
Our last signing is the funniest.
Pedro Serrano didn't like playing in Germany and wanted to see if English football would more receptive to his Voodoo religious practices.
These signings have transformed the depth chart into:
Red = New signing
Yellow = Loaned player
Green = Roster holdover
Only 2035-36 Player of the Year, Wayne Bassett, can find a starting spot in this year's roster. To keep things simple and ease the transition with all the new signings, we are going with a basic 4-4-2 formation this coming season.
Next Update: October 2037