When does the League One transfer window open? The rules and key dates revealed as Doncaster Rovers begin summer rebuild

Doncaster Rovers are continuing to monitor targets – as they look to make moves during the summer transfer window.

Monday, 31st May 2021, 11:26 am
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New boss Richie Wellens has spoken about adding “three or four” permanent additions and is expected to use the loan market to bolster his attacking options.

Ahead of their first moves in the transfer window, we take a look at all the key details and dates Rovers fans will need to remember:

When does the 2021 summer transfer window open?

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The EFL window will run from Wednesday, June 9 until 11pm on Tuesday, August 31.

The transfer window for the Championship, League One and League Two will run at the same time as the Premier League.

What should we expect from Rovers in the summer?

It is expected to be a busy window for Rovers.

The club currently has just 12 players under contract for next season, although Reece James, Joe Wright, Brad Halliday and Jason Lokilo remain in talks over new deals.

Wellens has identified centre midfield as an immediate priority, with only John Bostock, AJ Greaves and Ed Williams to currently choose from.

In truth, though, Rovers could do with bodies all over the pitch.

They require another goalkeeper to compete with Louis Jones, Branden Horton and Charlie Seaman are currently the only recognised full backs on the books and a bad injury to Wright has left them short of cover at centre back.

Jon Taylor is the only natural winger still under contract and the retirement of James Coppinger and departures of loan players like Taylor Richards and Josh Sims leaves them light on attacking midfielders.

Wellens may also want to bring in his own striker to lead the line and compete with Fejiri Okenabirhie and Omar Bogle.

When will the 2021-22 League One fixtures be released?

The fixtures for the 2021-22 League One season will be revealed at 9am on Thursday, June 24.

When is the 2021-22 League One season expected start and end?

The EFL campaign will get started on Saturday, August 7, 2021.

The League One season will finish on the weekend of April 30, 2022.

The League Two campaign will end on May 7 and the Championship on May 8.

The League One play-off final will be held on Saturday, May 21.

When will the Carabao Cup start during the 2021-22 season?

Round one of the Carabao Cup will commence the week beginning August 9.

The Carabao Cup final will take place on Sunday, February 27, 2022 at Wembley Stadium.

When will Rovers enter the FA Cup during the 2021-22 season?

Rovers will enter the first round proper of the FA Cup some time in November with the FA yet to confirm a firm date.