Hamman the biggest League One signing
POSH manager Gary Johnson has been delighted with his work in the transfer market since the end of last season.
And on paper at least he seems to have signed some quality players. Grant McCann is an established international midfielder, no-one who has seen James Wesolowski play has had a bad word to say about him, Mark Little showed enough at London Road last season to suggest he will be an excellent defender at League One level and Johnson is confident Dave Hibbert will improve his scoring record now he’s surrounded by better players than he had at Shrewsbury.
Johnson has not been the most active manager in the division though. Russell Slade has welcomed seven new players to Brisbane Road - almost a third of all signings made by League One clubs - as he fights to avoid a repeat of last season’s relegation battle.
Dean Cox arrived from Brighton this week as did Fulham right-back Elliot Omozusi who spent time last season on trial at London Road.
MK Dons new manager Karl Robinson - at 29 the youngest boss in the Football League - has also been busy. Robinson, who upset Posh fans with some stupid comments about their club last season, has signed the biggest name as former Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder and German international Dietmar Hamann as joined the Dons as a player-coach.
Goalkeeper David Martin has also swapped life in one of football’s most passionate cities for life in one of the most soulless. He has moved from Anfield to stadium: mk.
Former Posh boss John Still has wasted no time in strengthening his Dagenham & Redbridge squad following promotion to League One. Predictably two of his three new signings have moved from non-league football - Still will be hoping they are more Steve Morison than David Morrison.
Half of the 24 League One clubs have yet to make a move in the transfer market, although there have been some notable departures.
For the second successive season Swindon have been hit by the loss of a major player. They overcome the loss of Simon Cox to West Brom in fine style last season, partly because Billy Paynter managed 29 goals, but he has now gone to help Leeds United’s inevitable battle against relegation from the Championship.
And Rochdale’s first season in League One for 42 years has not been made any easier with the departure of free-scoring Chris Dagnell to Scunthorpe.
Plymouth will miss Jamie Mackie who has stayed in the Championship with QPR and the break-up of Notts County’s League Two titlewinning squad started with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel’s move to Leeds.
LEAGUE ONE SIGNINGS
BIGGEST MOVER: Former Liverpool player Dietmar Hamman has joined MK Dons.