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Football League summer transfers: 10 exciting additions

28 July 2015

The Sky Bet Football League season is now just 10 days away, and we’ve taken a look at some of the most notable transfers from across the divisions this summer.

With the help of supporters’ suggestions on the Football League’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, we’ve assembled 10 of the finest additions made during the transfer window so far. 

Josh McEachran - Brentford

The youngster has been brought in by Brentford after being tipped for greatness during his time in Chelsea’s youth system.

A natural in possession, McEachran’s most notable attribute is his passing, and his previous Football League experience with Middlesbrough, Watford and Wigan Athletic will help him settle into Brentford’s system.

Gary Roberts – Portsmouth

After taking the Portsmouth job, Paul Cook did not take long to bring Gary Roberts with him from Chesterfield.

The attacking midfielder was integral for him with the Spireites and Cook’s determination to snap him up so quickly is an indication of the quality that Roberts possesses.

The 31-year-old scored eight times in Sky Bet League 1 last season with Chesterfield, and he should be one of the most creative talents in League 2 this year.

Scott Laird – Scunthorpe United

Scunthorpe have had a busy summer in the transfer market, with Laird arguably the pick of Mark Robins' signings.

Despite finishing 16th last term, only Colchester United and relegated Crawley Town conceded more than the Iron, so the addition of Laird – a regular fixture in Preston's promotion-winning campaign –  could help Scunthorpe battle it out towards the right end of Sky Bet League 1 this time around.

Tom Ince – Derby County

Ince showed how devastating he can be while on loan at Derby County during the 2014/15 campaign.

The attacking midfielder moved to the iPro Stadium from Hull City in February and went on to net 11 times in 18 appearances, becoming one of the Rams’ most integral attacking weapons.

@football_league Best signing has to be Tom Ince 11 goals in 18 last season player of season for league this one watch this space #FLKickOff

— James David Blockley (@JDBlockley) July 28, 2015
Jack Collison – Peterborough United

Despite suffering several injury problems in recent times, Collison has proven quality.

A Welsh international, who also has played a sizeable amount of Premier League football with West Ham, Collison could light up Sky Bet League 1 if Posh can keep him fit and at 26 years old, time is on his side.

Stewart Downing – Middlesbrough

Downing played a prominent role for West Ham United in the Premier League last season, even earning a call-up to the England squad, but the chance to return to former club Middlesbrough was too good an opportunity for him to turn down.

@football_league Gotta be Downing hasnt it? Key to Westham last season, played for England in October. Class above

— Lee Bailey (@smoggy_1986) July 28, 2015

He is one of the most high-profile additions to the Sky Bet Championship this summer, and he could prove key to Boro’s hopes of going one further and earning promotion this term. 

Jon Stead – Notts County

Notts County are another side who have had a busy summer, with Ricardo Moniz making wholesale changes following the Magpies' relegation to Sky Bet League 2.

One of the star signings is Stead, who scored 13 goals for Bradford City last term. His knack for goalscoring in the Football League is there for all see, and he could prove key to the Magpies’ revival this term.

Andy Williams – Doncaster Rovers

Doncaster may have finished mid-table in Sky Bet League 1 last season, but they were only eight points off the Play-Offs in a tightly-contested division.

Therefore, Rovers fans have plenty of cause for optimism with the addition of Andy Williams. The striker hit 22 goals for Swindon in 2014/15 as they marched to the Play-Off Final, and a similar return this year would stand Paul Dickov's men in good stead.

Barry Corr – Cambridge United

Barry Corr is one of numerous new faces at the R Costings Abbey Stadium ahead of the 2015/16 Sky Bet League 2 campaign, and he brings a wealth of experience with him.

After five years at Southend United, culminating in Play-Off promotion last season, the Irish striker felt the time was right to move on, and he is now setting his sights on replicating that success with the U's.

@football_league Barry Corr to Cambridge United. Scored lots of goals for Southend last few seasons. Will do the same at the Abbey #CUFC

— Daniel Jordan (@DanJordan90) July 28, 2015

Jermaine Beckford – Preston North End

Following Preston's promotion to the Sky Bet Championship, one of manager Simon Grayson's first tasks was to convince Beckford that Deepdale was the place to be on a permanent basis.

The 31-year-old arrived on loan from Bolton last term and fired 18 goals for the Lilywhites, including a memorable hat-trick in the Play-Off Final victory over Swindon Town, and their supporters will have been delighted to see the striker sign a two-year deal back in June.

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