What's Happened In The Transfer Market So Far This Week?

By Sam Elliott

It’s already been a busy week of transfers involving National League clubs - if your eye has been off the ball because of the World Cup, we’re here to help!

There has been a high number of movers and shakers as teams gear up for their return to pre-season training.

With many sides heading back to do some running as early as next week, it’s all about getting squads in place.

The start of the week was a sign of what was to come with a number of transfers being completed across the three divisions.

We’re three days in and we’ve seen plenty of deals done. Who needs the World Cup!

Here’s Aidan Jones’ run-down of some of the top transfers from the past three days.


Dan Wishart – made his first signing of the summer, bringing in the 26-year old from Forest Green Rovers. The defender who plays left back signed a two year deal to return Gander Green Lane after leaving for Rovers in 2016.

Alex Finney – Maidstone United were in business early in the week, making Finney their second signing of the summer, following an impressive loan spell for Jay Saunders side. The defender moves from QPR and has signed a two-year deal with the club.

James McQuilkin – National League North side AFC Telford announced the signing of former Kidderminster Harriers midfielder James McQuilkin. The 29-year old is more of an attacking midfielder and lively in the box, and made over 100 appearances for the Kidderminster.

Declan Bacon – New Alfreton Town manager Billy Heath continues the signing spree, welcoming Bottersford Town striker Declan Bacon. The Scunthorpe United futsal coach netted 45 times last season as his former club finished in 8th position.

Delano Sam-Yorke – Dartford completed the signing of the former Maidstone striker, who scored just the one goal for the Stones last season. Prior to joining Jay Saunders side, he played for Woking, Basingstoke, Cambridge United, Lincoln and Forest Green.


Scott Wiseman – Salford City made another step to being ready for the new campaign, signing defender Scott Wiseman on a one-year deal, following his release from Chesterfield, where he made 29 appearances.

Luke Wanadio – Aldershot Town tied up a deal to sign Bromley winger Luke Wanadio for an undisclosed fee. The 25-year old scored seven goals in 40 appearances for the London club last season.

Connor Thompson – Gateshead manager Steve Watson, who signed a new deal at the Heed recently, made his first signing of the summer, bringing in Connor Thompson from FC Halifax Town who signed the midfielder in March.

John Mills – Bath City completed the signing of John Mills from Hereford FC, and won the battle to sign the striker with him turning down several offers to join the National League South side.

Ed Williams – Kidderminster Harriers completed the signing of the 22-year-old midfielder, who spent the previous three seasons playing for rivals Gloucester City, and netted nine goals during the previous campaign.


Josh Gillies – South Shields made their fourth signing of the summer, welcoming Josh Gillies to the club from Darlington, and is the second big name to leave the Evo-Stik NPL Premier club this summer.

James Akintunde– Maidenhead United have signed Chester striker James Akintunde as they look to improve from last season’s league finish. The 22-year old spent two years at the Deva Stadium and becomes the fourth new face at York Road, this summer.

Charlie Carter – It's a heartbreaker for Woking fans. The attacking midfield who scored 12 times last season has left for Chesterfield.

Miles Addison – New Nuneaton boss Nicky Eaden has completed the signing of former Derby County defender who previously played in the Scottish Premier League for Kilmarnock.

Jason Banton – Newly relegated Torquay United have signed up former Leicester City winger Jason Banton. The 25-year old played for Woking FC last season, making 25 appearances for the Cards and joins the Gulls ahead of the new season.

Charlie Clough – Sutton United, have made their statement ahead of the new season, by re-signing Charlie Clough from Barnet who has been released following their relegation out of the EFL. The 27-year old is familiar of the surroundings following playing for the club on two separate occasions, over the past eight years.

Will Puddy
– Chippenham Town, completed a signing late on Wednesday evening, bringing in former Bristol Rovers goalkeeper Will Puddy, who previously made 15 appearances for Sutton United in 2017.

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