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EFL: Summer transfers round-up

7 June 2017

With the Sky Bet EFL 2017/18 Fixture Release Day on the horizon, squads up and down the country have started to take shape.

Player movement is on the increase as teams ready themselves for the campaign ahead and we've rounded up some of the stand-out signings so far.
Sky Bet Championship
Curtis Davies: Hull City to Derby County
The first addition to Gary Rowett’s Derby this summer came in the form of experienced centre-back Curtis Davies.
Davies, a Championship Play-Off Final winner with the Hull in 2016, made 26 Premier League appearances in 2016/17 and will strengthen a defence that was the sixth-best in the division last season.

Marley Watkins: Barnsley to Norwich City
Another 2016 Play-Off Final winner, Watkins was with Barnsley in the Sky Bet League One spectacle, and he has moved to Norwich City this summer.
There have been plenty leave Carrow Road, though. Ryan Bennett, Steven Whittaker and Sebastien Bassong were amongst the seven players released at the end of their contracts - Bennett has since signed for Wolves.
James Meredith: Bradford City to Millwall
If you can’t beat them, join them. That’s what James Meredith has done. The full-back suffered Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final heartbreak in a Bradford shirt against Neil Harris’ men last month, before making the move south to the Lions for the upcoming Championship campaign.

Nathan Thomas: Hartlepool United to Sheffield United
Nathan Thomas is one three additions to Chris Wilder’s squad so far, heading into the new Championship campaign.
The former Sunderland youngster has been joined at the League One champions by Enda Stevens and Ched Evans, returning for his second stint at Bramall Lane.

Sky Bet League One

Chey Dunkley: Oxford United to Wigan Athletic
A stalwart of the Oxford defence in recent times, Dunkley felt it was time to move. He’s joined the division’s new boys, Wigan Athletic, with the aim of securing an immediate return to the Sky Bet Championship.

Bury: Seven sign up, 11 leave.
It’s been a summer of rebuilding so far for Lee Clark at Bury with 18 moves in total.
Amongst the 11 that have left the club are striker Tom Pope, who returned to Port Vale, and Leon Barnett, who joined Northampton Town.
The additions will have excited the Shakers' faithful, however. Clark has added the likes of Oxford’s Joe Skarz and Preston North End’s Jermaine Beckford to the squad.

Leon Lobjoit: Buckingham Town to Northampton Town
While Beckford is well-known to League One, a striker who isn't is Northampton new boy Leon Lobjoit.
He played his football in the 10th tier for Buckingham last year, and had a more than healthy record in front of goal, scoring 62 goals in 36 games.
But can he do it in League One?

In Sky Bet League Two, there has been one side in particular who have not hung around in terms of adding new names, and that's Mansfield Town, who have signed 11 players.
Here's Steve Evans' new XI, which includes a number of players who have previously enjoyed success in Sky Bet League Two:

Mansfield Signings XI
GK: Conrad Logan (signed from Rochdale)
DEF: Johnny Hunt (signed from Chester)
DEF: Zander Diamond (signed from Northampton Town)
DEF: David Mirfin (signed from Scunthorpe United)
DEF: Hayden White (signed from Peterborough United)
MID: Will Atkinson (signed from Southend United)
MID: Jacob Mellis (signed from Bury)
MID: Paul Digby (signed from Ipswich Town)
MID: Paul Anderson (signed from Northampton Town)
FW: Lee Angol (signed from Peterborough United)
FW: Jimmy Spencer (signed from Plymouth Argyle)

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