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Transfer Window Vote

Proposed Changes to the System

21 March 2019

EFL CLUBS have given their backing to a revised approach to the closure of the summer transfer by indicating their support for a split in the timing of the deadline for clubs in Championship, League One and League Two.

For the record, Plymouth Argyle opted for a retention of the current transfer system, which shuts the window for permanent transfers on August 8 and for loan signings on August 31.

The matter has been on the agenda for discussion with EFL Clubs in recent weeks and months, with Championship Clubs supporting a proposal put forward at a meeting in February whereby the deadline for all incoming permanent and loan registrations closes on 8 August.   

Following further debate, representatives from League One and League Two have this week backed a different approach, agreeing to a deadline at the end of August for all signings.   

A formal vote on the matter will now be put to Clubs at an Extraordinary General Meeting in April in order to ensure Clubs have sufficient time to prepare ahead of the summer transfer window opening in June.   

EFL Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: “By adopting this approach, EFL Clubs have been given the opportunity to determine the direction of travel, with our priority ensuring that everyone has a clear understanding of the arrangements as soon as possible so as to ensure plans can be put in place for next season.  

“This week’s vote indicates strong support for a difference in approach across the Championship and Leagues One and Two and proposals will be finalised ahead of a formal vote at an Extraordinary General Meeting in April.”   

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