With the start of July signifying the end of many player’s contracts , we will no doubt see plenty of transfers as well as rumours in the coming week.
That being said, there has been plenty of activity in League One in the last week, with many clubs looking to strengthen their side with pre-season friendlies just around the corner. Many League One clubs have started their pre-season testing and training in the last week and fans are already getting excited for the start of the season.
The first of July marks the expiry of player’s current contracts and we may see plenty of moves over the weekend, following a week where there have been many transfers which have gone under the radar.
League One looks fairly wide open next season and with many clubs completing some strong business in the last couple of weeks it really is anyone’s game.
With two of the three teams relegated from the Championship last season suffering off the pitch problems and all four promoted teams making strong additions, its hard to pinpoint favourites for the title and relegation. Unlike the Championship and League Two, there are no clear favourites for the title or relegation and this could be a League One season which is full of surprises. It is still too early to put any sort of predictions together with two months of the transfer window still to go, but this will still be one of the tougher League One seasons to predict in recent memory.
Let’s now take a look at five League One done deals that you may have missed this week…
Rob Street: Crystal Palace to Cheltenham (Free)
A move that was only completed today and one which could go under the radar is the signing of Rob Street. At just 21 years of age, Street has the potential to be a star at Cheltenham and already has League One experience to his name.
After a year on loan to Shrewsbury Town where the striker scored four times as well as supplying four assists, Street has now permanently left Selhurst Park for regular game time and will be looking to improve upon those numbers next season. With rumours circulating about the departure of talisman Alfie May, the young striker may be Cheltenham’s new main man up top.
Alfie McCalmont: Leeds to Carlisle (Undisclosed)
McCalmont is a familiar face at Brunton Park having spent the second half of the season on loan with the Cumbrians. The attacking midfielder enjoyed a good run in the team at the end of the season, helping the side to promotion via the play-offs.
After a successful loan spell, Carlisle have signed the youngster for an undisclosed fee and McCalmont will now look to progress in the third tier with the Blues. The move makes sense for the 23-year-old as he was never near the first team at Elland Road, and he will now look to kick on under Paul Simpson.
Jack Sparkes: Exeter to Portsmouth (Free)
Pompey have been one of the most active clubs this transfer window, with 22-year-old Sparkes their seventh summer signing. A product of the Exeter academy, the defender made over 150 appearances for the Grecians and it came as somewhat of a surprise when he was released by the Devonshire side.
With plenty of EFL experience to his name, Sparkes is a great free agency pick-up for Portsmouth and still only 22, he has plenty of potential to progress. He’ll be in and around the first team and this is a signing I really like for both club and player.
Conor Grant: Plymouth to Port Vale (Free)
Part of Plymouth’s promotion winning side last season, Grant is making the switch to Staffordshire to link up with Port Vale. Having made just nine appearances for Argyle last season, it was fairly obvious that the midfielder would be moving on this summer.
If Vale can get the same production out of the 28-year-old as the 2021/22 season then they could have a steal on their hands. It is somewhat of a risk given his injury record, but if staying fit this could be a very good bit of business for the Valiants.
Dan Agyei: Crewe Alexandra to Leyton Orient (Undisclosed)
The League One winners have certainly strengthened their attack this week through signing 26-year-old Agyei. The striker notched 16 goals and five assists for Crewe last season and was duly named the club’s Player of the Season.
Perhaps the biggest and most exciting of the five transfers, Agyei possesses all the attributes to become a star in League One next season. Last season’s League Two winners are quietly putting a strong squad together for next season and could be in with a shout of a top half finish. Agyei is certainly a statement signing and should provide plenty of goal contributions for the O’s next season.
Keep up to date with TheRealEFL for all the latest transfer rumours and deals as the summer progresses…