Transfer Centre: Former Doncaster Rovers trialist joins League One rivals – plus all the deals done so far in the third tier

The transfer market is heating up as clubs begin building towards next season - and we will have you covered throughout the summer.

Tuesday, 3rd August 2021, 12:03 pm
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We will be bringing coverage of done deals, rumours and general news across English football.

But our focus will primarily be on League One and how Doncaster Rovers’ rivals are gearing up for the new campaign.

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  • Harry Pell (3yr deal after leaving Colchester United);
  • John O’Sullivan (3yr deal after leaving Morecambe);
  • Joel Mumbongo (season long loan from Burnley);
  • James Trafford (season-long loan from Manchester City);
  • Archie Procter (2yr deal after leaving AFC Wimbledon for an undisclosed fee);
  • Liam Coyle (1yr deal after leaving Liverpool);
  • Joe Hardy (2yr deal after leaving Liverpool).


  • Luke McCormick (unknown deal length after leaving Chelsea);
  • Darius Charles (unknown deal length after leaving Wycombe Wanderers);
  • Aaron Pressley (season-long loan from Brentford);
  • Henry Lawrence (season-long loan from Chelsea).


  • Dapo Afolayan (3yr deal after leaving West Ham United);
  • George Johnston (3yr deal after leaving Feyenoord);
  • Josh Sheehan (2yr deal after leaving Newport County);
  • Declan John (3yr deal after leaving Swansea City);
  • Will Aimson (2yr deal after leaving Plymouth Argyle);
  • Joel Dixon (2yr deal after leaving Barrow);
  • Amadou Bakayoko (2yr deal after leaving Coventry City);
  • Xavier Amaechi (six-month loan from Hamburg).


  • Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (2yr deal after leaving Oldham Athletic);
  • Omari Patrick (2yr deal after leaving Carlisle United);
  • Deji Oshilaja (unknown deal length after leaving Charlton Athletic);
  • Thomas O’Connor (2yr deal after leaving Southampton);
  • Frazer Blake-Tracy (2yr deal after leaving Peterborough United);
  • Louis Moult (2yr deal after leaving Preston North End);
  • Bryn Morris (unknown deal length after leaving Portsmouth);
  • Conor Shaughnessy (2yr deal after leaving Rochdale);
  • Ellery Balcombe (season long loan from Brentford);
  • Jacob Maddox (season-long loan from Vitoria Guimaraes);
  • Aaron Amadi-Holloway (1yr deal after leaving East Bengal);
  • Ryan Leak (2yr deal after leaving Burgos).


  • Lloyd Jones (2yr deal after leaving Northampton Town);
  • James Brophy (3yr deal after leaving Leyton Orient);
  • Shilow Tracey (2yr deal after leaving Tottenham Hotspur);
  • Jack Lankester (unknown deal length after leaving Ipswich Town for undisclosed fee);
  • George Williams (unknown deal length after leaving Bristol Rovers);
  • Sam Smith (2yr contract after leaving Reading);
  • Jensen Weir (season-long loan from Brighton and Hove Albion).


  • Jayden Stockley (3yr deal after leaving Preston North End);
  • Craig MacGillivray (2yr deal after leaving Portsmouth);
  • George Dobson (2yr deal after leaving Sunderland by mutual consent);
  • Akin Famewo (season-long loan from Norwich City);
  • Sean Clare (2yr deal after leaving Oxford United for an undisclosed fee).


  • Owen Evans (2yr deal after leaving Wigan Athletic).


  • Chris Long (2yr deal after leaving Motherwell);
  • Kayne Ramsay (season-long loan from Southampton);
  • Shaun MacDonald (2yr deal after leaving Rotherham United);
  • Tommie Hoban (1yr deal after leaving Aberdeen);
  • Callum McFadzean (1yr deal after leaving Sunderland).


  • Ben Close (3yr deal after leaving Portsmouth);
  • Tommy Rowe (2yr deal after leaving Bristol City);
  • Kyle Knoyle (2yr deal after leaving Cambridge United);
  • Ro-Shaun Williams (2yr deal after leaving Shrewsbury Town);
  • Matt Smith (season-long loan from Arsenal);
  • Jordy Hiwula (2yr deal after leaving Portsmouth);
  • Tiago Cukur (season-long loan from Watford);
  • Aidan Barlow (1yr deal after being free agent).


  • Brad Halliday (3yr deal after leaving Doncaster Rovers);
  • Ryan Edmondson (on loan from Leeds United);
  • Max Clark (1yr deal after leaving Hull City);
  • Tom Clarke (1yr deal after leaving Salford City);
  • Anthony Pilkington (1yr deal after leaving East Bengal);
  • Callum Morton (season-long loan from West Bromwich Albion);
  • Darnell Johnson (2yr deal after leaving Leicester City).


  • Olly Lee (unknown deal length after leaving Hearts);
  • David Tutonda (unknown deal length after leaving Bristol Rovers);
  • Max Ehmer (unknown deal length after leaving Bristol Rovers);
  • Ben Reeves (unknown deal lengths after leaving Plymouth Argyle);
  • Aaron Chapman (unknown deal length after leaving Motherwell);
  • Danny Lloyd (unknown deal length after leaving Tranmere Rovers);
  • Rhys Bennett (unknown deal length after leaving Carlisle United);
  • Daniel Phillips (season-long loan from Watford);
  • Jamie Cumming (season-long loan from Chelsea).


  • Lee Evans (3yr deal after leaving Wigan Athletic);
  • Wes Burns (3yr deal after leaving Fleetwood Town);
  • Rekeem Harper (3yr deal after leaving West Bromwich Albion on an undisclosed fee);
  • Macauley Bonne (season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers);
  • Vaclav Hladky (3yr deal after leaving Salford City for an undisclosed fee);
  • Matt Penney (2yr deal after leaving Sheffield Wednesday);
  • Joe Piggott (3yr deal after leaving AFC Wimbledon);
  • Scott Fraser (3yr deal after leaving MK Dons on undisclosed fee).


  • Lewis Fiorini (season-long loan from Manchester City);
  • Chris Maguire (2yr deal after leaving Sunderland);
  • Dan Nlundulu (season-long loan from Southampton);
  • Lasse Sorensen (unknown deal length after leaving Stoke City for undisclosed fee);
  • Josh Griffiths (season-long loan from West Bromwich Albion);
  • Teddy Bishop (unknown deal length after leaving Ipswich Town for undisclosed fee);
  • Hakeeb Adelakun (unknown deal length after leaving Bristol City).


  • Scott Twine (unknown deal length after leaving Swindon Town);
  • Franco Ravizzoli (unknown deal length after leaving Eastbourne Borough);
  • Josh Martin (season long loan from Norwich City);
  • Ethan Robson (season long loan from Blackpool);
  • George Marsh (unknown deal length after leaving Tottenham Hotspur);
  • Max Watters (season-long loan from Cardiff City);
  • Aden Baldwin (unknown deal length after leaving Bristol City);
  • Mo Eisa (unknown deal length after joining from Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee);
  • Tennai Watson (unknown deal length after leaving Reading);
  • Troy Parrott (season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur).


  • Ryan Cooney (2yr deal after leaving Burnley);
  • Anthony O’Connor (2yr deal after leaving Bradford City);
  • Wes McDonald (unknown deal length after leaving Walsall);
  • Ryan Delaney (unknown deal length after leaving Bolton Wanderers);
  • Arthur Gnahoua (unknown deal length after leaving Bolton Wanderers);
  • Callum Jones (season-long loan from Hull City);
  • Jonathan Obika (2yr deal after leaving St Mirren);
  • Josh McPake (season long loan from Rangers);
  • Alfie McCalmont (season-long loan from Leeds United);
  • Greg Leigh (1yr deal after leaving Aberdeen);
  • Jacob Mensah (1yr deal after leaving Weymouth);
  • Shane McLoughlin (1yr deal after leaving AFC Wimbledon);
  • Jokull Andresson (season-long loan from Reading);
  • Jonah Ayunga (2yr deal after leaving Bristol Rovers for an undisclosed fee);
  • Adam Phillips (season-long loan from Burnley).


  • Ryan Williams (2yr deal after leaving Portsmouth);
  • Billy Bodin (1yr deal after leaving Preston North End);
  • Steve Seddon (3yr deal after leaving Birmingham City);
  • Nathan Holland (season-long loan from West Ham United);
  • Gavin Whyte (season-long loan from Cardiff City);
  • Jordan Thorniley (season-long loan from Blackpool).


  • James Wilson (unknown deal length after leaving Ipswich Town);
  • Dan Scarr (unknown deal length after leaving Walsall);
  • Macauley Gillesphey (2yr deal after leaving Brisbane Roar);
  • Callum Burton (2yr deal after leaving Cambridge United);
  • James Bolton (2yr deal after leaving Portsmouth);
  • Jordan Houghton (unknown deal length after leaving MK Dons);
  • Brendan Galloway (short term contract after leaving Luton Town);
  • Ryan Broom (season-long loan from Portsmouth).


  • Liam Vincent (3yr deal, undisclosed fee from Bromley);
  • Clark Robertson (2yr deal after leaving Rotherham United);
  • Shaun Williams (1yr deal after leaving Millwall);
  • Ryan Tunnicliffe (2yr deal after leaving Luton Town);
  • Gavin Bazunu (season long loan from Manchester City);
  • Kieron Freeman (2yr deal after leaving Swansea City);
  • Jayden Reid (1yr deal after leaving Birmingham City);
  • Gassan Ahadme (season-long loan from Norwich City);
  • Connor Ogilvie (2yr deal after leaving Gillingham).


  • Shane Ferguson (2yr deal after leaving Millwall).


  • Dennis Adeniran (undisclosed deal length after leaving Everton);
  • Jaden Brown (unknown deal length after leaving Huddersfield Town);
  • Jack Hunt (unknown deal length after leaving Bristol City);
  • Bailey Peacock-Farrell (season-long loan from Burnley);
  • Lewis Wing (season-long loan from Middlesbrough);
  • Florian Kamberi (season-long loan from St Gallen);
  • Theo Corbeanu (season-long loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers)


  • Luke Leahy (2yr deal after leaving Bristol Rovers);
  • Matthew Pennington (2yr deal after leaving Everton);
  • Ryan Bowman (2yr deal on an undisclosed fee from Exeter City);
  • Elliott Bennett (1yr deal after leaving Blackburn Rovers);
  • Marko Marosi (3yr deal after an undisclosed fee agreed with Coventry City);
  • George Nurse (2yr deal after leaving Bristol City).


  • Alex Pritchard (2yr deal after leaving Huddersfield Town);
  • Corry Evans (2yr deal after leaving Blackburn Rovers);
  • Callum Doyle (season-long loan from Manchester City).


  • Jack Whatmough (unknown deal length after leaving Portsmouth);
  • Gwion Edwards (unknown deal length after leaving Ipswich Town);
  • Tom Naylor (3yr deal after leaving Portsmouth);
  • Max Power (2yr deal after leaving Sunderland);
  • Jordan Cousins (2yr deal after leaving Stoke City);
  • Ben Amos (2yr deal after leaving Charlton Athletic);
  • Charlie Wyke (3yr deal after leaving Sunderland);
  • Stephen Humphrys (3yr deal after leaving Rochdale on an undisclosed fee).


  • Josh Scowen (2yr deal after leaving Sunderland);
  • Sully Kaikai (2yr deal after leaving Blackpool);
  • Sam Vokes (1yr deal after leaving Stoke City);
  • Jake Wakely (2yr deal after leaving Chelsea).

Former Rovers trialist finds new employment

Centre half Darnell Johnson, who spent time on trial with Rovers earlier this summer, has signed a two-year deal with Fleetwood Town.

Former Leicester City youngster Johnson impressed in Rovers’ friendly with Bradford City and was picked out for praise by boss Richie Wellens.

But the 22-year-old declined to continue his trial when it was made clear that Rovers were not in a position to offer a contract at the time.

Wigan’s shopping spree set to continue

Wigan Athletic are reportedly close to bringing in Rangers winger Jordan Jones on loan.

The 26-year-old spent time on loan with Sunderland last season, so is no stranger to League One.

Pompey could add firepower

Leicester City striker George Hirst is reportedly training with Portsmouth ahead of a potential loan move.

The former Sheffield Wednesday youngster spent last season on loan with Rotherham United.

Black Cats on the prowl

Sunderland are the favourites to land sought-after Sheffield United striker Daniel Jebbison on a season-long loan.

A big priority for the Black Cats this week is defensive reinforcements according to the Sunderland Echo, with full backs in particular at the top of Lee Johnson’s wishlist.

The club have been linked with Leeds United’s Charlie Cresswell

Sheffield Wednesday are reportedly close to signing Swansea City midfielder George Byers, according to several sources.

Boss Darren Moore is also seeking to bring in a striker as soon as possible with Birmingham forward Sam Cosgrove the latest to be linked.

New deal for iconic - and former Rovers - striker

Veteran striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has signed a new one-year deal at Wycombe Wanderers.

The 39-year-old is the Chairboys’ all-time top scorer in the Football League.

He spent three months with Rovers in 2004.

Former Rovers forward lands back in League One

A whirlwind last 12 months for former Rovers forward Max Watters has seen him land back in League One with MK Dons.

The 22-year-old has joined Russell Martin’s side on a season-long loan from Cardiff City.

“I love to score goals and if you look at this squad, we’ve got some great players who can provide me with the chances to do that,” Watters said on his arrival at stadium:mk.

Watters was released by Rovers last summer and joined League Two Crawley Town after a successful trial. Sixteen goals in 19 appearances saw him snapped up by Cardiff City in January for a reported £1m.

He managed only three appearances for Cardiff, raising speculation he would be on the move this summer. Peterborough United had been linked.

Black Cats close in on first signing

Sunderland are poised to make their first signing of the summer according to reports.

TalkSport have suggested the Black Cats will secure a deal for midfielder Alex Pritchard, who left Huddersfield Town at the end of last season.

Sunderland have so far looked to tie down existing players, with Luke O’Nien and Aiden McGeady both having signed new deals in the last few days.

Lincoln City have signed experienced forward Chris Maguire on a two-year deal.

Maguire was a free agent after departing Sunderland and reunites with Imps boss Michael Appleton, who he worked under at both Portsmouth and Oxford United.

The 32-year-old is Lincoln’s second signing of the summer after bringing in Manchester City midfielder Lewis Fiorini on loan.

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