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EFL: Transfer round-up – Players return to former employers and Bristol City break transfer record

30 June 2017

This week saw a number of players return to a former employer with comings and goings heating up as the majority of EFL clubs kicked off pre-season training.

One of those was Jake Buxton, who has linked back up with Nigel Clough, a manager who previously signed him for Burton Albion and Derby County. The defender first joined the Brewers prior to the 2008/09 season, and he's now back at the Pirelli Stadium ahead of 2017/18, arriving from Wigan. Another player swapping the Latics for Burton is experienced full-back Stephen Warnock.

Dean Moxey has also re-joined a former club, having signed for Exeter City, a club he originally left in 2009.

Like Moxey, Garry Thompson will also be in Sky Bet League Two this coming season, after joining Morecambe. The veteran forward was released by Wycombe Wanderers but has returned to the Shrimps, which is where he started his career.

Gregg Wylde's stint away from Plymouth Argyle wasn't as long, though, as the winger re-signed for the Sky Bet League One-bound club just a year after departing for Millwall.

And there was more good news for the Pilgrims this week with talisman Graham Carey putting pen to paper on a new deal.

One of the week's highest profile signings was that of Bradley Dack – a previous Sky Bet League One Player of the Year award winner – who swapped Gillingham for Blackburn Rovers in a £750,000 deal.

Another player on his way to Sky Bet League One is forward Shay McCartan, who has been snapped up by Bradford City from Accrington Stanley for an undisclosed six-figure fee. The Bantams also signed striker Dom Poleon from AFC Wimbledon this week.

“I am looking forward to a new challenge and it will be exciting to play in League One,” McCartan told

“I am sorry to leave Accrington, I have had a great four years here. I have loved my time here and they gave me a chance when I was released from Burnley when no one else wanted me.”

Read more: Click here to see what else McCartan had to say

Another transfer with an undisclosed fee was that of James Collins, with the striker moving to Luton Town from Crawley Town on a three-year contract.

Bristol City's signing of Angers and Senegal striker Famara Diedhiou wasn't undisclosed, though, as they revealed it broke the club record transfer fee, with the Robins paying £5.3million for his services.

At the other end of the spectrum, three players stepping up from non-league into the EFL for 2017/18 are Omari Sterling-James (Solihull to Mansfield), Maxime Biamou (Sutton to Coventry) and Blair Turgott (Bromley to Stevenage).

Stand-out signings from the past week

Jed Wallace and George Saville – Wolves to Millwall
Matt Green – Mansfield Town to Lincoln City
Stephen Warnock – Wigan Athletic to Burton Albion
Omari Sterling-James – Solihull Moors to Mansfield Town
Maxime Biamou – Sutton United to Coventry City
Bradley Dack – Gillingham to Blackburn Rovers
Blair Turgott – Bromley to Stevenage
Dean Moxey – Bolton Wanderers to Exeter City
Jack Marriott – Luton Town to Peterborough United
Ben Gladwin – QPR to Blackburn Rovers
Garry Thompson – Wycombe Wanderers to Morecambe
Gregg Wylde – Millwall to Plymouth Argyle
Jake Buxton – Wigan Athletic to Burton Albion
Shay McCartan – Accrington Stanley to Bradford City
Michael Doughty – QPR to Peterborough United
James Collins – Crawley Town to Luton Town
Famara Diedhiou – Angers to Bristol City

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