The top 5 signings in League One so far in the transfer window
Like the Championship, League One is a competitive, unpredictable division.
In 2018/19, the league is home to historic clubs such as Sunderland, Bradford City, Charlton Athletic and Portsmouth, all aiming for promotion. The last campaign proved anything can happen in the third tier. Shrewsbury Town competed at the top end throughout despite limited financial resources while Oldham Athletic slipped into League Two for the first time in 14 years.
This season will bring more shocks and surprises. Clubs are looking stronger than ever. Here are five sparkling new signings already on the books this summer.
The 27-year-old needed a new home after falling down the Terriers' pecking order. Scannell spent last season on loan in the Championship with Burton Albion. Can he grasp this new opportunity?
Promotion is the goal for the Bantams under new manager, Michael Collins. Scannell's signing gives Collins more attacking options and adds experience. The former Republic of Ireland U21 has played 331 games in his career with Crystal Palace, Huddersfield and Burton. This is Scannell's first experience in League One.
Charlton Athletic boosted their attack by signing Lyle Taylor on a free transfer from League One rivals Wimbledon. The 28-year-old scored 18 goals last season in all competitions. He has been a much sought after transfer target in the Football League over the past three years.
After joining Wimbledon in 2015 from Scottish Championship side Falkirk, the 28-year-old 55 goals for Neal Ardley's side. Taylor is the Wombles' highest scorer in their Football League campaigns. A handful for League One defenders, he offers Charlton Athletic another dimension going forward.
If the Addicks are promoted again next season, Taylor will have had something to do with it.
A familiar name to Premier League and Championship football fans, Jamie Mackie is a grafter with an eye for goal. Oxford United snapped up the forward following his exit from Queens Park Rangers on a free.
Vastly experienced in the Football League, the 32-year-old provides value on the pitch and in the dressing room. The Yellows can use some leadership. Mackie has played over 50 Premier League games. A fan favourite at QPR, he has also had stints at Wimbledon, MK Dons, Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle, Nottingham Forest and Reading. Oxford added an international to their ranks in the deal; Mackie has nine Scotland caps.
Championship clubs courted Hibernian's Scotland international, Dylan McGeouch. Third-tier side Sunderland won the race to sign him.
The Black Cats' new boss, Jack Ross, used his contacts north of the border to lure fresh faces to the Stadium of Light. While he must align wages with League One standards, immediate promotion back to the Championship for the biggest club in the division is on order.
McGeouch is the pick of the bunch from the new Scots. The 25-year-old joined Hibs in 2015 from Celtic, making a huge impact for the Edinburgh side. He helped them win the Scottish Cup in 2016 under Alan Stubbs and the Scottish Championship title in 2017. McGeouch integral to Hibs' impressive run in the top flight last season. Now, he must write a new chapter in his career with Sunderland.
Peterborough United have been busy this summer. Snagging Nottingham Forest striker Jason Cummings on a season-long loan was especially astute. The 22-year-old only joined the two-time European champions last summer but struggled to make an impact at the City Ground. He spent the latter part of the season on loan at Rangers, scoring six goals in 18 games for the reanimated Old Firm side.
Cummings has proven in the past that he can score. He managed 71 goals in 150 games for Hibernian, earning his move to Forest, and two caps for the Scottish national team. Peterborough offers a second opportunity to make a name for himself in the English game.