Welcome to the latest instalment of Football Transfer News from Last Word On Football. Here, we bring you details of all of the day’s completed deals as clubs look to shape their squads ahead of the new season.
While the current campaign still has a little left to run for some teams, the majority have played their final matches and some early moves have already been made in the transfer market. Read on to find out more about the completed deals for Tuesday, June 8.
Football Transfer News: Scott Twine, Devante Cole and Josh Coley
MK Dons Beat Off Competition for Twine
League One side MK Dons have made Scott Twine their first addition of the summer. The 21-year-old will move to Stadium MK when his Swindon Town contract expires at the end of the month.
Twine had been highly sought after in both League One and the Championship after impressive displays for Newport County in the first half of the season and then back at parent club Swindon in the second half.
Combined for the two clubs, he scored 14 goals and created a further nine, and became known for his outrageous long-distance goals – nine of his 14 strikes came from outside the box.
Due to Twine being under 24 and out of contract, Swindon will be due compensation for the player, and the two clubs are currently in discussions over this.
— Milton Keynes Dons (@MKDonsFC) June 8, 2021
Twine told the club website: “There were a few clubs interested but after I spoke to the Gaffer, he sold it to me. From that day, I couldn’t wait to sign and get it sorted.
“I wanted to come here and play football the way we do, and I want to bring lots of goals and assists.
“This is a club that is only going in one direction and that’s up. The stadium is state of the art and to think I’m going to be playing here every week – I just can’t wait!”
Cole Returns to Barnsley
Barnsley have completed the signing of Devante Cole, who returns to the club where he spent time on loan in the first half of the 2014/15 season.
Cole returns to Oakwell on a permanent deal this time, signing a three-year contract after leaving Scottish Premiership side Motherwell.
The 26-year-old started his career at Manchester City but failed to make a senior appearance. After his initial loan with the Tykes, he also had a temporary spell at MK Dons before moving on permanently to Bradford City, Fleetwood Town and Wigan Athletic.
After loans at Burton Albion and Motherwell, he had a brief spell at Doncaster Rovers, before rejoining the Scottish side last year and becoming top goalscorer with 11 goals in their campaign north of the border.
— Barnsley FC (@BarnsleyFC) June 8, 2021
Upon rejoining the club, he said: “I’m really happy to be back. I was here a good few years ago and I really enjoyed my time; I kind of wish I didn’t leave, so it feels good to be back.
“The fans were always great and it was a good group of boys then, and I’ve heard it’s a very good group now so, hopefully, it can be the same again and more successful.
“I can’t wait to go. It’s a new challenge – well, it feels new but I’ve been here before for a few months so I just can’t wait to go again.”
Coley Makes EFL Move
Exeter City have signed highly-rated winger Josh Coley from National League side Maidenhead United. The 22-year-old has signed a two-year contract and joins for an undisclosed fee.
The Stevenage-born player started his career with York City and then had spells in non-league with Hitchin Town, Histon, Arlesey Town and Baldock Town before signing for Norwich City in 2018.
He featured heavily for the U23s there before moving on to Dunfermline Athletic in Scotland and then to Bedfordshire side Stotfold in the Spartan South Midlands League before being picked up by Maidenhead.
👋 The latest Grecian dialing in!
— Exeter City (@OfficialECFC) June 8, 2021
Exeter manager Matt Taylor said of the signing: “Josh is a good attacking player and someone we’ve watched consistently throughout the last season for Maidenhead.
“He has had a taste of a professional environment at Norwich, and in Scotland, and that will prepare him really well for what is next.
“He is someone who always wants to take the opportunity on. He is as quick with the ball as he is without it, and we also have a lot of time to improve certain aspects of his game.”
More Football Transfer News
Tuesday, June 8
Paul Farman [Carlisle United – Barrow] Free
Daniel Grimshaw [Manchester City – Blackpool] Free
Reece James [Doncaster Rovers – Blackpool] Free
Lloyd Jones [Northampton Town – Cambridge United] Free
Shayne Lavery [Linfield – Blackpool] Free
Tom White [Blackburn – Barrow] Free
Harry Wright [Ipswich Town – Fleetwood Town]