It’s the 1st of June, so, what do we know – Josh Ruffels is out of contract and rumoured to be heading for Nottingham Forest, Rob Atkinson is interesting Bristol City, Cameron Brannagan could be off to Preston North End and Jack Stevens may be heading for Middlesborough. Away from the club, John Lundstram looks set to leave Sheffield United and Joe Rothwell may be on his way into Bramall Lane. Then, of course, there’s the West Brom manager’s job which Michael Appleton, Chris Wilder and even Karl Robinson have been linked to. Looks like it’s going to be a busy summer.
Tuesday 1 June 2021 – Mark Sykes to Ipswich Town?
Football League World are claiming that Ipswich Town are interested in Mark Sykes. Ipswich have been recently taken over and are promising sweeping changes; so expect them to be linked to anything that moves.
Wednesday 2 June 2021 – Paul Digby signs a new contract at Cambridge United
Thursday 3 June 2021 – Alex Cochrane and Joe Tomlinson rumoured to replace Ruffels?
Either Oxford are starting to look at a post-Ruffels world or they’re gently applying some pressure on the left-back to sign a new contract. Brighton’s Alex Cochrance and Eastleigh’s Joe Tomlinson are both rumoured to be lined up to replace him, should he choose to move elsewhere.
In 2014/15 Michael Appleton set off on a quest to sign every young player in the country; Wes Burns made six appearances on loan from Bristol City before disappearing to get on with his life. Apparently last season he was at Fleetwood, but has now joined Ipswich Town.
Friday 4 June 2021 – Rob Atkinson, Ryan Williams and Cameron Norman
The Bristol Post suggest that there’s still a way to go before Bristol City land Rob Atkinson. The stumbling block is the characteristically insane £2m valuation the Oxford have placed on him. That means very little, firstly; the Post claim this is what QPR paid for Rob Dickie (and surely didn’t), and secondly, although under no pressure to sell, the club would surely bend at a fee of less than half that, and everyone knows it.
In more probable news, former loanee Ryan Williams may be returning to the Kassam after being offered a reduced-terms deal at Portsmouth.
Sunday 6 June 2021 – Canice Carroll leaves Queen’s Park
Former Oxford full-back Canice Carroll’s career has started to go a bit Jefferson Louis; he’s been released by Queen’s Park, who he signed for at the end of 2020. He’s now looking for his sixth club, at the age of twenty-two.
Monday 7 June 2021 – Freddie Grant to Bath City
Wednesday 9 June 2021 – Ryan Williams signs
That’s the first one in the bag; winger Ryan Williams has returned to the club having turned down a reduced terms deal at Portsmouth.
Thursday 10 June 2021 – Ellis Harrison to sign?
Rumour is that Portsmouth’s forward Ellis Harrison is next on Karl Robinson’s radar. Harrison would link up with Matty Taylor who he spent three years with at Bristol Rovers.
The world’s least surprising announcement has finally been made, but Josh Ruffels has opted for Huddersfield Town rather than Nottingham Forest.
And finally, Blackpool’s Luke Garbutt has signed a new two year contract with the recently promoted Seasiders.
Friday 11 June 2021 – Jack Payne, Aaron Martin and, er, Lee Molyneaux
Teeny tiny Jack Payne continues to pursue his underwhelming career having left Swindon Town for Crawley Town, Aaron Martin has turned up at Port Vale while Lee Molyneaux has signed for Baffins Milton Rovers. They’ll be dancing in the streets of Baffins, Milton or possibly Rovers tonight.
Wednesday 16 June 2021 – Alex Dyer to Colchester
Alex Dyer (M’Lord) has been appointed as Colchester United’s assistant manager six months after leaving Kilmarnock.
Friday 18 June 2021 – Sam Smith to sign for Cheltenham?
Sam Smith, who spent half a season on loan to Oxford from Reading in 2018 could be about to sign for Cheltenham, where he was on loan last season.
Sunday 20 June 2021 – Celtic targeting Rob Atkinson?
Celtic are now interested in Rob Atkinson, according to Bristol Live, who quote The Sun, the Glasgow club are interested in Atkinson as part of their rebuilding plans following last seasons failure to retain the Scottish Premiership.
Meanwhile, Karl Robinson is apparently interested in signing James Robson from Dundee United as a replacement for Josh Ruffels.
Oh, and want to feel old? Aaron Woodley has been signed up as player-coach at North Leigh.
Monday 21 June 2021 – Jordan Graham
Stepover kid Jordan Graham is being linked with a host of clubs since turning down a new contract at Gillingham. Birmingham and Hull are both in the running, as is another link up with Michael Appleton at Lincoln.
Tuesday 22 June 2021 – Ryan Taylor joins Grimsby
Wednesday 23 June 2021 – Joe Grayson for Barrow, Sam Slocombe for Scunthorpe?
Thursday 24 June 2021 – Jordan Graham signs for Birmingham City
Friday 25 June 2021
The Newcastle Chronicle has listed Rob Dickie among the forty players currently linked with the club. James Clarke has joined Newport County after leaving Walsall in May. The Sheffield Star say that Rangers, Burnley and Crystal Palace are all interested in John Lundstram when his contract expires at the end of the month. West Brom’s new manager (Michael Appleton or Chris Wilder), former Barnsley manager Valerien Ismael, his keen on making Alex Mowatt his first signing.
Sunday 27 June 2021 – Jason Kerr linked with the Yellows
Oxford are ‘monitoring’ the availability of defender Jason Kerr who skippered St Johnstone to a Scottish League and FA Cup double. Hibs and Wigan are also interested.
Monday 28 June 2021 – Cochrane signs for Hearts
Tuesday 29 June 2021 – Obika, Kelleher and Baldock
Fiarce Kelleher has signed for Bradford from Wrexham. Jon Obika has signed for Morecambe, having left St Mirren. George Baldock has been linked with a move to Celtic, where, ironically, he would take up the vacant right-back spot left by Johnjoe Kenny.