EFL clubs have today officially voted through proposals that will see the transfer window close following the opening game of the league season.
Consultation with clubs has been ongoing since last year and as a result of today’s vote, the window will now close for permanent transfers from another club at 5pm on Thursday, August 9 2018, which is aligned with the decision the Premier League opted to take in September 2017.
In addition, EFL clubs will still be able to:
- Sign players on standard loan up to August 31
- Sign players on standard loan up to August 31 with an option to agree a permanent transfer when the next window opens
- Register players who ceased to be registered with a club during the period up until August 31
- Transfer players out to a club in any league whose window is still open
The EFL was under no obligation to make any changes and the board adopted a neutral position on the matter, ensuring that clubs were provided with the appropriate information in order to fully consider the implications and come to a decision that benefitted their own individual transfer policies.
EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “After discussing the options throughout the course of the last few months, I’m pleased that the matter has been determined by clubs ahead of the start of next season.
“This new approach will give clubs and managers the stability they crave earlier in the season, while also providing the flexibility to add to their squads after the traditional deadline until the end of month if required.”