Chris Baird has joined Derby County in their push for promotion on a two-year-contract. The Northern Irish international spent last season at West Bromwich Albion after 6 years at Fulham. The 34-year-old defender is the third player to join ‘The Rams’ this week after Andreas Weimann and Darren Bent made the move earlier on in the week.
Fulham have completed the double signing of Andy Lonergan and Ben Pringle, both on two-year-deals. Goalkeeper Lonergan spent 11 years at Preston North End before spending a sole season at Leeds United. He then moved on to Bolton Wanderers before joining ‘The Cottagers’ yesterday. He will compete for the number 1 spot between the sticks with England under 21 international Marcus Bettinelli. The second name through the door is former Rotherham United wide man Ben Pringle. After flying up the Football League with the Millers Pringle needed a new challenge and Craven Cottage certainly offers that. Pringle was Rotherham’s stand out player in their promotion campaign of 2013/14 getting 13 assists in 45 appearances, but with his team being seriously threatened by relegation last term a move was always on the cards.
The headline news in League One was Andy Williams’ move to Doncaster Rovers on a free transfer. The prolific goal-scorer bagged himself 22 goals last season, but Swindon fell at the final hurdle in their bid for promotion. Donnie scored just 58 goals in a miserable season, and manager Paul Dickov will hope Williams can continue his immaculate goalscoring record at League One level and fire his team to a high placed finish.
Darius Charles has completed his move to newly promoted Burton Albion on a one-year-contract. The former Stevenage man played all across the field from centre-back to striker last season before suffering a broken leg in mid February.
Finally in League One, Oldham Athletic have signed George Green on a two-year-deal after he was released by Everton last month. The 19-year-old moved to the Toffees aged 15 but failed to make a senior appearances for them. The midfielder is new Latics manager Darren Kelly’s second singing of the summer after Lee Croft arrived from St Johnstone earlier in the month.
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has bolstered his squad with the signings of Marc Laird and Ben Tozer. 29-year-old midfielder Laird began his career with Manchester City but has plummeted down the leagues since leaving in 2008. He joins following the relegation of former club Tranmere Rovers for whom he was at for just a singe season. Defender Tozer also ignited his career in the top flight, this time with Newcastle United. After two successful loan spells at Northampton he made the move a permanent deal. The 25-year old spent 4 seasons at Sixfield’s making 165 appearances. He joins the Somerset club on a one-year-deal.
The final news of my transfer round-up is that former West-Ham youngsters Paul McCallum and Blair Turgott have both mad the short journey across London to join Leyton Orient. The duo both played under new O’s manager Ian Hendon in the ‘Hammers’ development squad but made no impact in the first time. Striker McCallum joins on directly from the Greater London outfit on a two-year-contract. Exciting winger Turgott spent the end of last season with Coventry City, and even managed to score the winning goal against Peterborough United. This won’t be his first taste of League Two as he spent time on loan with Dagenham and Redbridge in 2014.