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EFL Sky Bet League One summer transfer tracker

22 June 2017

Keeping track of all the movements during the summer transfer window involving our Sky Bet League One opponents...

AFC Wimbledon

Manager: Neal Ardley

Manager Neal Ardley prepares for his sixth season in charge of the Wombles after taking charge of the team in October 2012.

He will be looking to guide his side higher than the 15th placed finish in 2016/17 following their play-off triumph to get to the third tier in the previous campaign.

IN: Kwesi Appiah (Crystal Palace, free), Deji Oshilaja (Cardiff City, free)

OUT: Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town, free), Tom Elliott (Millwall, free), Sean Kelly (Ross County, free)

RELEASED: James Shea, Chris Robertson, David Fitzpatrick, Tom Beere, George Oakley, Dan Gallagher

Blackburn Rovers

Manager: Tony Mowbray

After relegation from the Championship last season, Mowbray will look to steer his side immediately back to the second tier of English football.

He took over in late-February but was unable to avoid the demotion to League One, with his contract running until the end of the 2017-18 season.

IN: Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City, free), Richie Smallwood (Rotherham United, free)

OUT: None

RELEASED: Jason Lowe, Adam Henley, Wes Brown, Gordon Greer, Joshua Askew, Hope Akpan, Danny Guthrie, Ramirez Howarth.


Manager: Gary Bowyer

The Tangerine army tasted Wembley success and were the side triumphant in the League Two play-offs at the end of last season. Blackpool beat Exeter City at the national stadium to return to the third tier at the first attempt, after a seventh-placed finish in the division.

IN: Curtis Tilt (Wrexham, free), Peter Hartley (Bristol Rovers, free), Ollie Turton (Crewe Alexandra, free)

OUT: None

RELEASED: Ian Black, Henry Cameron, Luke Higham, John Herron, Dean Lyness, Eddie Nolan, Jack Payne, Jack Redshaw, Sam Slocombe, Macauley Wilson

Bradford City

Manager: Stuart McCall

After play-off final heartache against Millwall at Wembley in May, McCall will be looking to go at least one better in 2017-18. The Bantams have finished fifth in Sky Bet League One for the last two seasons and will be hoping that the forthcoming campaign will be the one which sees them promoted to the second tier.

IN: Adam Chicksen (Charlton Athletic, free)

OUT: James Meredith (Millwall, free), Billy Clarke (Charlton Athletic, undisclosed), Mark Marshall (Charlton Athletic, free), Rory McArdle (Scunthorpe United, free)

RELEASED: Joe Cracknell, James King, Stephen Darby

Bristol Rovers

Manager: Darrell Clarke

Darrell Clarke took charge of the Pirates on March 28, 2014 and took the side on a superb run to get them promoted back to the Football League in 2014/15 and then up to League One in 2015/16. 

With aspirations to go up again, they finished in a respectable tenth position last season, despite flirting with the play-offs throughout the campaign.

IN: Liam Sercombe (Oxford United, undisclosed)

OUT: Peter Hartley (Blackpool, free)

RELEASED: Jermaine Easter, Cristian Montano (Port Vale, free), Will Puddy, Bob Harris, Danny Greenslade, Dominic Thomas, Jamie Lucas, Jake Gosling


Manager: Lee Clark

Lee Clark arrived at Bury in February 2017 as he left Kilmarnock to take over the Shakers. The side managed to survive in League One, finishing in 19th place - a point above the relegation zone. 

He won five of the 14 games he was in charge to the end of the campaign.

IN: Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End, free), Phil Edwards (Burton Albion), Joe Murphy (Huddersfield Town, free), Stephen Dawson (Scunthorpe United, free), Callum Reilly (Burton Albion, free), Joe Skarz (Oxford United, free), Adam Thompson (Southend United, free), Eoghan O'Connell (Celtic, undisclosed), Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield, free)

OUT: Tom Pope (Port Vale, free), Jacob Mellis (Mansfield Town, free), Reece Brown (Rochdale, free), Leon Barnett (Northampton Town, free)

RELEASED: Antony Dudley, Kelvin Etuhu, Hallam Hope, Niall Maher, Chris Brown, Paul Rachubka, Rob Lainton (Port Vale, free), Reece Brown, Jermaine Pennant, Ishmael Miller

Charlton Athletic

Manager: Karl Robinson

After leaving Milton Keynes Dons in late October, Robinson was soon back among the League One managers when he took the role at Charlton Athletic.

He led his side to a 13th place finish last term with the expectation to better that and at least get a play-off place in 2017-18.

IN: Billy Clarke (Bradford City, undisclosed), Mark Marshall (Bradford City, free), Tariqe Fosu (Reading, undisclosed)

OUT: None

RELEASED: Adam Chicksen (Bradford City, free), Roger Johnson, Dimitar Mitov (Cambridge United, free), Terell Thomas (Wigan Athletic, free), Chris Millar

Doncaster Rovers

Manager: Darren Ferguson

After suffering relegation to League Two in 2015-16, Doncaster and Ferguson impressively took the basement division of the EFL by storm and were on top of the pile for most of the season, becoming the first side to seal promotion back to League One.

They somewhat stuttered towards the latter weeks of the campaign, following confirmation of their promotion, finishing third.

IN: Niall Mason (Aston Villa, undisclosed), Danny Andrew (Grimsby Town, free), Alex Kiwomya (Chelsea, free)

OUT: None

RELEASED: Paul Keegan, Gary McSheffrey, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, Joe Pugh, Joey McCormick

Fleetwood Town

Manager: Uwe Rosler

After finishing fourth last season, the club's highest-ever finish, Rosler is a bit of a legend on the West coach. Play-off heartache was to follow, after semi-final defeat to Bradford City, but optimism will be there to continue the same form into this season and mount another challenge at the top of the table.

IN: Kyle Dempsey (Huddersfield Town, undisclosed), Harvey Rodgers (Hull City, free)

OUT: Joe Davis (Port Vale, free), David Ball (Rotherham United, free)

RELEASED: Martyn Woolford, Declan McManus


Head Coach: Adrian Pennock

After taking up the head coach helm in early January 2017, Pennock took charge of 21 games towards the end of the 2016-17 campaign, winning four.

The Gills narowly beat the drop to League Two, finishing one point clear with 50 points. The aim will be to improve on that finishing in the coming campaign.

IN: Alex Lacey (Yeovil Town, free), Luke O'Neill (Southend, free), Gabriel Zakuani (Northampton Town, free), Thomas Eaves (Yeovil Town, free)

OUT: Emmanuel Osadebe (Cambridge United, free)

RELEASED: Mitch Dickenson, Rory Donnelly, Chris Herd, Ryan Jackson, Ollie Muldoon, Harry Newcombe, Zesh Rehman.

Milton Keynes Dons

Manager: Robbie Neilson

Robbie Neilson took charge of Milton Keynes dons at the start of December 2016, leaving Hearts in Scotland to manage the side. He guided his team to a mid-table finish last season with 61 points and will be  looking for an improved position in the coming campaign.

IN: Conor McGrandles (Norwich City, free)

OUT: Daniel Powell (Northampton Town, free), George Baldock (Sheffield United, undisclosed)

RELEASED: Dean Bowditch, Darren Potter (Rotherham United, free), David Martin, Nicky Maynard, Charlie Powell.

Northampton Town

Manager: Justin Edinburgh

After leaving Gillingham midway through the campaign following 102 games in charge, Edinburgh took the managerial hotseat at Northampton Town in January and guided the side to 16th in League One last season. He will be eager to improve on this position in his first full campaign in charge.

IN: Leon Lobjoit (Buckingham, undisclosed), Daniel Powell (unattached), George Smith (Gateshead, undisclosed), Sam Foley (Port Vale, free), Leon Barnett (Bury, free), Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town, undisclosed)

OUT: Zander Diamond (Mansfield Town, free), Paul Anderson (Mansfield Town, free), Rod McDonald (Coventry City, undisclosed), Gabriel Zakuani (Gillingham, free), Harry Beautyman (Stevenage, free)

RELEASED: Adam Smith, Neal Eardley, Emmanuel Sonupe

Oldham Athletic

Manager: John Sheridan

Sheridan is currently in his fifth stint in charge of the side after taking a co-caretaker role in 2001 and a caretaker spell in 2003/04 before taking the managerial reins in 2006, 2016 and 2017. Sheridan has often worked wonders at the Latics, saving the team from relegation on various seasons, none more so than 2016/17 to see them finish 17th.

IN: Dan Gardner (Chesterfield, free), Craig Davies (Scunthorpe United, free)

OUT: None

RELEASED: Josh Law, Lee Croft, Jamie Reckord, Michael Ngoo, Lee Knight, Charles Dunne

Oxford United

Manager: TBC

Appleton lead the U's to an eighth-placed finish in 2016/17, just four points off the play-offs a great feat following promotion from League Two in the previous campaign before deciding to depart for Leicester City as assistant manager.

Appleton also lead Oxford to successive EFL Trophy finals, losing out to Barnsley and Coventry City respectively.

IN: Scott Shearer (Mansfield Town, free), Charlie Raglan (Chesterfield, free), Fiacre Kelleher (Celtic, undisclosed)

OUT: Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers, undisclosed), Joe Skarz (Bury, free), Chey Dunkley (Wigan Athletic, free)

RELEASED: Benji Buchel, Robbie Cundy, Jordan Graham, Jonny Giles, Miles Welch-Hayes

Peterborough United

Manager: Grant McCann

A former midfielder at the Iron between 2008 and 2010, McCann now manages the Posh and lead the team to an 11th-placed finish in his first season in charge of the club.

He returned to Peterborough United in a coaching capacity in 2015 before signing a four-year contract as manager on May 16, 2016.

IN: Ricky Miller (Dover, free), Danny Lloyd (Stockport County, free), Jordan Tibbetts (Birmingham City, free)

OUT: Hayden White (Mansfield Town, undisclosed), Lee Angol (Mansfield Town, undisclosed), Jerome Binnom-Williams (Chesterfield, free)

Plymouth Argyle

Manager: Derek Adams

Derek Adams has done a brilliant job at Plymouth Argyle since taking over in 2015. He's formerly been in charge of Ross County on two occasions, while taking an assistant role against Hibernian.

His first season as a manager saw him guide the Pilgrims to the League Two play-off final at Wembley for the first time in 20 years before guiding them to promotion in 2016/17 after finishing second.

IN: Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell, free), Ruben Lameiras (Coventry City, free), Ryan Edwards (Morecambe, undisclosed), Jamie Ness (Scunthorpe United, free)

OUT: Jimmy Spencer (Mansfield Town, free)

RELEASED: Jordan Slew, Ryan Donaldson, Nauris Bulvitis, Connor Smith (Yeovil Town, free), Ryan Brunt, Vincent Dorel, David Ijaha, Ryan Lane, Billy Palfrey, Louis Rooney, Jack Calver, Ben Steer


Manager: Kenny Jackett

Paul Cook made the switch to Portsmouth in May 2015 for a compensation fee after leaving Chesterfield. In his first season in charge of Pompey, the side missed out after losing in the play-offs before going up to League One as Champions in 2016/17. He then made the switch to Wigan Athletic in the close season.

Kenny Jackett subsequently stepped in to replace him at the start of June.

IN: Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town, free)

OUT: Michael Doyle (Coventry City, free), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United, free), Liam O'Brien (Coventry City, free)

RELEASED: Calvin Davies


Manager: Keith Hill

In his second spell at Spotland, Keith Hill joined the coaching staff at Rochdale in 2006 after a 16-year career as a player. His first stint in charge saw him remain at the club for five years before a solitary campaign managing Barnsley. He then returned to Rochdale in 2013 and guided the team to a ninth-placed finish last season.

IN: Reece Brown (Bury, free), Jordan Williams (Barrow, £100,000), Brendan Moore (Torquay United, free)

OUT: Conrad Logan (Mansfield Town, free), Matty Lund (Burton Albion, free), Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City, free), Peter Vincenti (Coventry City, free)

RELEASED: Johny Diba, David Owusu

Rotherham United

Manager: Paul Warne

After the resignation of Kenny Jackett in November 2016, Warne was appointed as care-taker manager at Rotherham before he was given a deal until the end of the season. The Millers' inevitable relegation from the Championship was confirmed, with Warne given a one-year rolling contract.

IN: Semi Ajayi (Cardiff City, undisclosed), Michael Ihiekwe (Tranmere Rovers, free), Darren Potter (Milton Keynes Dons, free), Ryan Williams (Barnsley, free), David Ball (Fleetwood Town, free)

OUT: Richie Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers, free)

RELEASED: Lee Camp (Cardiff City, free), Stephen Kelly, Kelvin Wilson, Joel Ekstrand, Tom Thorpe, Chris Dawson, Fabian Bailey, Tom Rose

Scunthorpe United

Manager: Graham Alexander

After play-off semi-final disappointment in 2016/17, the Iron and Graham Alexander will be looking to mount another promotion push in his second season as manager. After taking charge in March 2016, he ended the 2015/16 campaign with six successive wins as United missed out on the play-offs on goal difference.

IN: Cameron Burgess (Fulham, undisclosed), Matt Gilks (Wigan Athletic, free), Rory McArdle (Bradford City, free)

OUT: Stephen Dawson (Bury, free), Luke Daniels (Brentford, free), Scott Laird (Forest Green Rovers, free), Craig Davies (Oldham Athletic, free)

RELEASED: Joe Anyon (Chesterfield, free), Scott Wiseman (Chesterfield, free), David Mirfin (Mansfield Town, free), Jamie Ness (Plymouth Argyle, free)

Shrewsbury Town

Manager: Paul Hurst

Paul Hurst left the Iron's local rivals Grimsby Town in October 2016 to take up the challenge of keeping the Shrews in League One. He managed it, as the side finished 18th with 51 points.

His playing career saw him spend the entire time at Rotherham United, with a short spell on loan at Burton Albion, over 15-years.

IN: Lenell John-Lewis (Newport County, free), Jon Nolan (Chesterfield, free)

OUT: Gary Deegan (Cambridge United, free)

RELEASED: Mark Halstead, Kaiman Anderson, Callum Grogan, Ethan Jones

Southend United

Manager: Phil Brown

After a sticky start to the League One campaign in 2016/17, Southend surged forward in the second half of the season, only missing out on the play-offs by a point, finishing seventh.

He took charge of the Roots Hall side in 2013 after managerial spells at Derby County, Hull City and Preston North End, with a caretaker spell at Bolton Wanderers in 1999. 

IN: None

OUT: Will Atkinson (Mansfield Town, free), Adam Thompson (Bury, free)

RELEASED: David Mooney, Luke O'Neill (Gillingham, free), Frank Nouble, Zavon Hines, Jason Williams, Jordan Williams


Manager: Jon Whitney

In his first role as a football manager, Whitney lead the Saddlers to a 14th-placed finish after succeeding Dean Smith, who he was assistant to. Up until the end of the 2016/17 campaign, Whitney oversaw 25 wins in 66 games.

IN: Luke Leahy (Falkirk, free), Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra, free)

OUT: Neil Etheridge (Cardiff City, free)

RELEASED: Craig MacGillivray, Franck Moussa, Isaiah Osbourne, Theo Vassell, Bradley Caswell, Lezion Cela, Ashley Maddocks

Wigan Athletic

Manager: Paul Cook

Paul Cook made the switch from Portsmouth to take charge of the Latics, succeeding Graham Barrow who was in his third caretaker stint in charge of Wigan Athletic. The Latics return to League One after one season in the Championship.

IN: Chey Dunkley (Oxford United, free), Terell Thomas (Charlton Athletic, free)

OUT: Andrew Taylor (Bolton Wanderers, free), Matt Gilks (Scunthorpe United, free)

RELEASED: Stephen Warnock, Jussi Jaaskelainen, Gabriel Obertan