The Football League succumbed to FIFA pressure in January 2005, and followed the Premier League in adopting summer and winter transfer windows, which only allowed a set time for contracted players to move between clubs on a permanent basis.
CHRIS BRAMMER looks at how two current Ipswich Town stars fared on their loan debuts for Rotherham United, and also reflects on the performances of a number of other players that left the club permanently in the summer.
The second tier season starts next Friday, however, clubs are working frantically to add to their squads, ahead of a long campaign. Several deals HAVE already been done though and CHRIS BRAMMER picks out six of the best.
Ipswich Town have been linked with Rangers striker Joe Garner this week, seen club stalwart Christophe Berra return to Scotland and announced another pre-season friendly, this time at League One Gillingham.
Former Ipswich Town centre-back Terry Butcher is delighted that the club have retained Luke Chambers’ services and says the returns to fitness of Tommy Smith and Adam Webster will be like bringing in two new signings.