Lincoln boss Danny Cowley delighted with summer transfer window changes in EFL

Lincoln boss Danny Cowley says he’s delighted that EFL clubs have voted to end the summer transfer window early from the start of next season.

The deadline will now be at 5pm on Thursday, August 9 to bring it in line with Premier League clubs after 40 of the 72 Football League clubs voted in favour of the decision.

Speaking on EFL Matters on Thursday, Cowley said: “We’re pleased with the outcome and it’s certainly how we voted. For me the transfer window can’t close quickly enough!

“Once the season starts you want to put all your focus on the players you’ve got in the building and trying to combine building a team with recruitment work is really tough.”

Cowley and presenter David Prutton were joined on the show by Garry Birtles, who agreed that the decision would help managers and clubs.

“At the earliest possible moment you want to see stability at your football club,” said the Nottingham Forest legend.

“You’ve done your pre-season and you’ve got new team-mates coming in and you want it to end so the season can start. I think it’s the right decision.”

Clubs will, however, still be able to sell players to leagues which still have their windows open beyond the deadline, but Cowley doesn’t believe that will have too many implications for clubs at Lincoln’s level.

“I don’t think it will affect League Two or League One clubs much, but maybe it will Championship clubs,” he said.

“The fact the loan window is open until the end of August does give clubs at our level a bit of flexibility, though, if you haven’t got your squad right.”