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EFL: Comings and goings - transfer round-up

23 June 2017

As well as player comings and goings, there has been managerial movement in the EFL during the close-season.

One team with a new boss is recently relegated Swindon Town, who appointed David Flitcroft as their new manager. And the former Bury gaffer made his first signing for the Robins by bringing in defender Chris Robertson, following his release by AFC Wimbledon.

Going the other way, departing Swindon, is the club captain Nathan Thompson. The defender has spent his entire career at the County Ground but has signed a two-year contract at promoted Portsmouth, who are readying themselves for Sky Bet League One.

“I signed for Swindon at the age of 12, so it’s a strange feeling to leave,” he said, “but coming here [Portsmouth] is amazing and I’m looking forward to the new campaign.

“There’s a real feel-good factor around the place after what happened last season and it’s exciting to be a part of that.” Read more from new Pompey signing Nathan Thompson

Another player who will be in Sky Bet League One this season with a promoted club is Max Clayton. The front man played 13 games for Bolton last season as they won promotion to the Sky Bet Championship, but he has joined Blackpool.

In the Sky Bet Championship, Burton Albion broke their club record to sign Ross County striker Liam Boyce on a three-year contract.

The Northern Ireland international was the Scottish Premiership’s top scorer last term, hitting 23 goals, and Brewers boss Nigel Clough has high hopes for his new recruit.

“He’s a good player who can get goals,” Clough told

“He was the top scorer in Scotland which, when you consider the incredible season Celtic had, that’s some going in itself. He’s another late developer and Ross County is proving a good breeding ground for players after him and Jackson Irvine.”

Also in the Championship, Wolverhampton Wanderers secured the services of Ghana defender Phil Ofosu-Ayeh from German side Eintracht Braunschweig. That’s the second defender signed by new head coach Nuno since he took charge late last month, with the other being Roderick Miranda.

With the 2017/18 fixtures released this week, Forest Green found out who their first EFL opponents are, and that’s Barnet. Mark Cooper’s side will host the Bees on 5th August, and full-back Scott Laird is likely to be in the line-up after he joined from Scunthorpe United.

Fixture Release Day: Click here to see the 2017/18 fixtures

Speaking of Scunthorpe, they have pulled off the impressive capture of Bradford City defender Rory McArdle.

The busiest club of late have been Port Vale, who have brought in Rob Lainton, Joe Davis, Sam Hornby, Graham Kelly and Cristian Montano over the last few days, the latter of those being a Sky Bet League Two promotion winner with Bristol Rovers.

And finally, welcome to the EFL Danny Newton. The 26-year-old scored 29 goals for Tamworth in the National League North last term, prompting Stevenage to secure his services.

Stand-out signings from the past week

Chris Robertson - AFC Wimbledon to Swindon Town
Nathan Thompson - Swindon Town to Portmsouth
Max Clayton - Bolton Wanderers to Blackpool
Liam Boyce - Ross County to Burton Albion
Phil Ofosu-Ayeh - Eintracht Bruanschweig to Wolves
Scott Laird - Scunthorpe United to Forest Green Rovers
Rory McArdle - Bradford City to Scunthorpe United
Cristian Montano - Bristol Rovers to Port Vale
Danny Newton - Tamworth to Stevenage
Conor McAleny - Everton to Fleetwood Town
David Ball - Fleetwood Town to Rotherham United
Peter Vincenti - Rochdale to Coventry City
Declan Rudd - Norwich City to Preston North End
Jason Cummings - Hibernian to Nottingham Forest

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