EFL clubs have officially voted through proposals in favor of seeing the transfer window close following the opening club game of the league season.
Consultation with clubs has been ongoing since last year and as a result of today’s vote, the window will now close for permanent transfers from another club on Thursday, August 9, at 5pm, which is aligned with the decision the Premier League opted to take in September 2017.
Of the 72 teams from the Championship, League One and League Two, 40 voted in favour of the change while 29 went against. There were no abstentions and the remaining three clubs instead sent their apologies.
EFL clubs have officially voted through proposals that will see the EFL transfer window close following the opening game of the League season,” a statement said.
“Consultation with clubs has been ongoing since last year and as a result of a vote, the window will now close for permanent transfers from another club on Thursday 9th August 2018 at 5pm, which is aligned with the decision the Premier League opted to take in September 2017.”
EFL clubs will still be able to sign players on loan up until Aug. 31 and transfer players to other leagues whose windows remain open.
“I’m pleased that the matter has been determined by clubs ahead of the start of next season,” EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey said.
“This new approach will give clubs and managers the stability they crave earlier in the season whilst also providing the flexibility to add to their squads after the traditional deadline until the end of the month if required.” (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Toby Davis)
What do the changes mean for loan deals and selling players? EFL Clubs will still be able to…
Sign players on loan up to the August 31, 2018
Sign players on loan up to August 31, 2018 with an option to agree a permanent transfer when the next window opens
Register players who ceased to be registered with a club during the period up until the August 31, 2018
Transfer players out to a club in any League whose window is still open