Ham­man the biggest League One sign­ing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FindSports - by ALAN SWANN

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.


BIGGEST MOVER: For­mer Liver­pool player Di­et­mar Ham­man has joined MK Dons.

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