There’s just over three weeks until the League Two season kicks off and clubs are getting busy trying to put together squads to get them into the third tier of English football.
Out of all the English leagues there is more chance of getting promoted out of League Two than any of them and the 2021-22 campaign could be a good chance for many to try and escape and move up into League One.
Let’s round-up the latest potential dealings both in and out of some of the league’s clubs this week.
Tranmere eyeing Duffy deal
According to FLW sources, losing play-off semi-finalists Tranmere Rovers have taken in veteran attacking midfielder Mark Duffy for pre-season training with a view to offering him a contract.
The 35-year-old, who hails from across the River Mersey in Liverpool, last featured in League One for Fleetwood Town but more significantly spent three successful seasons with Sheffield United between 2016 and 2019.
With Duffy reaching the final years of career, it looks like he could end it very close to home if he impresses on a trial basis.
Furman set for Oldham return?
Eight years after he departed Boundary Park for the first time, Dean Furman could be set for an Oldham Athletic return, with Keith Curle taking him on trial following his release from Carlisle United.
The South African appeared in the Latics’ 2-0 pre-season friendly victory over Stalybridge Celtic – Furman assisting one of those goals.
The 33-year-old has 58 caps for his country and was still appearing as of 2020, and he may very well be returning to a place where he played some of the best football of his career.
Quiz: What was the score the last time Oldham Athletic played each of these 25 teams?
Walsall land Premier League stopper
Matthew Taylor is set to embark on his first season as a senior head coach after taking on the Walsall job, and he’s made some eye-catching signings including Ireland international Stephen Ward.
Using his Premier League contacts though, Taylor has swooped for Brighton & Hove Albion youngster Carl Rushworth on a season-long loan.
The 20-year-old goalkeeper was a regular for the Seagulls in the Premier League 2 competition last season and that is where he will have caught the attention of Taylor, who was at Tottenham Hotspur until the Saddlers snapped him up.
Rushworth will become the latest English Premier League stopper to ply their trade in the EFL and he will be looking to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Jordan Pickford, Sam Johnstone and Dean Henderson who all developed their trade in the EFL.
Boro set for talks over Bahamboula
There was some surprise when it was revealed that Championship side Middlesbrough had taken Oldham Athletic’s Dylan Bahamboula on trial, but he seems to be impressing Neil Warnock.
Warnock is good friends with Latics boss Keith Curle and it was Curle who recommended to the veteran manager that he should take a look at the Congolese midfielder.
The 26-year-old played 45 minutes in a pre-season friendly against Bishop Auckland and Warnock has revealed that he will be speaking to Curle over Bahamboula’s future, with a fee of around £150,000 plus add-ons reportedly all it will take to bring him to Teesside.