EFL Clubs have today indicated they would be in favour of an earlier closure of the transfer window from next season onwards.
The decision was taken at a meeting of all 72 Clubs and subject to further discussions, will be put to a formal vote in February next year ahead of any changes being implemented in time for the 2018 Summer window.
While the EFL is under no obligation to make any changes, the EFL outlined a suggested approach that differs from the recent adjustment by the Premier League, whereby a shorter window for permanent transfers would be introduced, but Clubs could continue to sign players on loan until the traditional end of the window on 31 August. Clubs overwhelmingly supported the approach.
EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey said: “Today was all about understanding a direction of travel in what is a hugely emotive matter not only for Clubs and managers but supporters as well. The Clubs have been clear in their mandate and we will now go away and look to develop a set of proposals before moving this matter on to the next stage, which would be a formal vote in order to change our regulations.”
A number of other important matters were discussed at today’s Club Meeting, including:
FULL STRENGTH TEAMS
Following the widespread attention the matter of team selection received in the closing weeks of the 2016/17 season, it was determined at the Summer Conference in June that the EFL would work up a policy to determine what constitutes a ‘full strength’ team to remove any ambiguity and further potential reputational damage to the EFL and its competitions.