Following on from my under-rated Championship signings article, please give it a read if you haven’t already (pardon the plug), it’s only fair that I do the same for Leagues One and Two, so here are 5 third tier signings that I believe deserve a bit of the transfer limelight.
1. Jason Cummings
The 22 year old Scottish forward has recently joined Peterborough on a season-long loan from Nottingham Forest. His spell at The Reds was rather bland as he only managed to score 1 goal in 14 games in the league, however he did enjoy himself in the EFL Cup where he managed to score 3 goals in as many games. This resulted in him being sent out on loan to Rangers in the second half of the 2017/18 campaign, where he seemed to re-find his confidence and score 6 goals in 18 games.
Now, in the upcoming season, Cummings will be looking to gain vital experience and demonstrate the goalscoring prowess he showed at Hibernian prior to his move to Forest. Moreover, if The Posh somehow manage to keep hold of in-demand Jack Marriott, their strike force could be simply impossible next season.
2. Jorge Grant
Another player moving out on loan from Nottingham Forest, Jorge Grant is to spend the 2018/19 season as newly promoted Luton Town. It is thought he can play anywhere across the midfield but was most predominantly seen as a winger during his two spells at Notts County during the previous two campaigns.
During these spells, the 23 year old scored 22 goals in 64 games, which I’m sure a striker would be delighted with, let alone a winger. It could be debated that Kevin Nolan’s style of football at The Magpies may not have completely suited Jorge, but now under the management of Nathan Jones, he may flourish as his new gaffer encourages a more possession-based, passing style.
3. Josh Yorwerth
The towering Welshman has signed for Peterborough from Crawley for an undisclosed fee, penning a three year contract. Josh is an excellent defender who consistently performed throughout the constant fluctuations in Crawley’s form in previous seasons. He made a
total of 91 appearances for the Red Devils, so despite only being 23, he will bring vast levels of experience to the Peterborough defence. The Posh have strengthened all areas of their squad this summer, but the acquisition of Josh Yorwerth may prove to be a pivotal piece of the jigsaw to potentially stimulate their promotion party.
4. Luke Hyam
Luke joined Ipswich’s academy system at the age of 11, but now, 15 years and over 150 first-time appearances later, he has moved to third tier Southend United on a free transfer. The 26 year old signed a two year deal at the seaside club, who have made a number of impressive signings during this window. Luke has an outstanding range of passing and is a natural ball-winner, meaning he is a player who is ideal for both Chris Powell and League One. He is likely to bring balance to an impressive Southend side that are looking increasingly likely to push higher up the table in the forthcoming campaign.
5. Tom Naylor
Having spent the previous two seasons playing in the Championship for Burton Albion, Naylor is looking an excellent signing for League One Portsmouth. He made 112 appearances for the Brewers, which included 2 promotions, meaning he is bringing a wealth of experience to Pompey, who have their sights firmly set on the Championship.
Tom also provides something that in most cases money can’t buy, versatility, he can play anywhere across the back line or in midfield, meaning Kenny Jackett will be able to utilise his talents in a variety of different areas. Considering both these points, he is looking an absolute steal, especially because he arrived on a free-transfer.