This isn't going to be your average summer in the world of the Wanderers. The squad has already lost 15 players off the bat, and I wouldn't be shocked by a further trickling away from the club. But it should also mean lots of arrivals at the Reebok, and it looks like two will be announced soon. Coyle is expected to make the signing of free agent Keith Andrews officially official today, while Matt Mills, in spite of being doubtful earlier this week, should be announced shortly after.
Keith Andrews, a 31 year old defensive midfielder, impressed at Blackburn for a few seasons, but fell out of favour in 2009-11 and has been bouncing around ever since. He went on loan to Ipswitch Town in August of 2011, but his stay their was brief, as West Brom signed him on the last day of the January transfer window in 2012. He scored 2 goals in 14 appearances, but became a free agent this summer. Andrews reportedly has declined contracts with Celtic, Huddersfield Town, and Charlton Athletic.
As for Matt Mills, the central defender is expected to join on a season long loan with the option of signing permanently next summer from Leicester City. Adding to the defense is an excellent move by Coyle. It was a weak area last season and has been made weaker by the injury of David Wheater. At 25, he's not as young as I would ideally like, but adding depth to the squad can only be a good thing at this point.
A preemptive welcome to our two new boys!