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166 Championship players who will be free agents this summer

We look at 166 Championship players who will be free agents this summer with clubs already deciding who these want to keep or get rid.

Teams will be looking to strengthen and replace those injured or in need of a boost with some big names still looking to secure themselves new clubs.

Those at StokeonTrentLive have complied the full list of players who – as things stand – will be available for free come the summer, find out who is included below…


Örjan Nyland (aged 30, Norwich)
Asmir Begovic (aged 33, Bournemouth)
Rene Gilmartin (aged 33, Bristol City)
Luke Southwood (aged 23, Reading)
Curtis Anderson (aged 20, Wycombe)
Lee Camp (aged 36, Coventry)
Keiren Westwood (aged 36, Sheffield Wednesday)
Michael McGovern (aged 36, Norwich)
Jayson Leutwiler (aged 31, Huddersfield)
David Stockdale (aged 35, Wycombe)
Abdoulaye Diallo (aged 28, Nottingham Forest)
Jordan Archer (aged 27, Middlesbrough)
Luke Daniels (aged 33, Brentford) club option 1 year
Rob Elliot (aged 34, Watford)
Frank Fielding (aged 32, Millwall)
Ryan Allsop (aged 28, Wycombe)
Joe Lumley (aged 26, QPR)
Emmanuel Idem (aged 22, Derby)
Josh Vickers (aged 25, Rotherham)
Joshua Render (aged 20, Sheffield Wednesday)
Blondy Nna Noukeu (aged 19, Stoke City) club option 1 year
Cameron Yates (aged 22, Wycombe)

Joe Lumley

26 year old Joe Lumley is a goalkeeper who has in the last few years been out on loan at various clubs, so this summer could be a great time to find one where someone of his age will want to be playing game in and game out.

Most of his loan spells have been at League One clubs, so a step down is the most likely in order so he can reignite his career as he has fallen behind Seny Dieng in the pecking order.

Youth career
–2010 Tottenham Hotspur
2010–2013 Queens Park Rangers

Senior career
2013– Queens Park Rangers – 74 games (1 assist)
2014 → Bishop’s Stortford (loan) – 4 games
2014 → Accrington Stanley (loan) – 5 games
2014 → Morecambe (loan)
2015 → Stevenage (loan)
2017 → Bristol Rovers (loan) – 19 games
2018 → Blackpool (loan) – 17 games
2020 → Gillingham (loan) – 2 games
2020 → Doncaster Rovers (loan) – 8 games


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Joe Rankin-Costello (aged 21, Blackburn)
Kyle Naughton (aged 32, Swansea)
Andre Wisdom (aged 27, Derby)
Ryan Nyambe (aged 23, Blackburn) Option for a further year
Henrik Dalsgaard (aged 31, Brentford)
Jack Hunt (aged 30, Bristol City)
Demeaco Duhaney (aged 22, Huddersfield)
Matthew Olosunde (aged 22, Rotherham)
Kiko Femenía (aged 30, Watford)
Billy Jones (aged 33, Rotherham)
Adam Smith (aged 29, Bournemouth)
Moses Odubajo (aged 27, Sheffield Wednesday)
Kieron Freeman (aged 28, Swansea)
Josh Dacres-Cogley (aged 24, Birmingham)
Ciaran Brennan (aged 20, Sheffield Wednesday)
James Clark (aged 19, Wycombe)

Henrik Dalsgaard

Henrik Dalsgaard is a Danish professional footballer who plays for Brentford as a right back. He began his professional career in his homeland with AaB, before moving to Belgium to join Zulte Waregem in 2015. He is a current Denmark international.

The 31 year old has made 35 appearances for Brentford for the 2020/21 season, scoring twice to play a part in taking the Bees up to 4th in the Championship table. His contract is up this summer, will he remain with the club, especially should they go up to the big time?

Youth career
BMK 90
2006– FK Viborg
Hersom/Bjerregrav IF
–2008 Møldrup/Tostrup IF

Senior career
2008–2016 – AaB – 166 games (9 goals)
2016–2017 – Zulte Waregem – 35 games (9 goals)
2017– Brentford – 139 games (6 goals)

National team
2011 – Denmark U20
2009–2011 – Denmark U21 – 11 games (0 goals)
2013 – Denmark League XI
2016– Denmark – 26 (1)


Greg Cunningham (aged 30, Preston)
Yuri Ribeiro (aged 24, Nottingham Forest)
Omar Richards (aged 23, Reading)
Steve Seddon (aged 23, Birmingham)
Joe Bennett (aged 30, Cardiff)
Achraf Lazaar (aged 29, Watford)
Lee Wallace (aged 33, QPR)
Matt Penney (aged 23, Sheffield Wednesday)
Dan Potts (aged 26, Luton)
Amari’i Bell (aged 26, Blackburn)

Rochdale born Joe Bennett is a defender for Cardiff City, and has scored once for them in 30 games for them this season.

He signed his first professional contract with Middlesbrough prior to the 2008–09 season and made his professional debut in May 2009 in the club’s final game of the season. He went on to make more than 90 appearances in all competitions for Boro before joining Aston Villa on the 29th of August 2012 for an undisclosed fee. After one season as a regular in the first team, he struggled to establish himself in the side and, after loan spells with Brighton, Bournemouth and Sheffield Wednesday, he was sold to the Bluebirds in 2016.

With Cardiff, he gained promotion to the Premier League after finishing as runners-up in the Championship during the 2017–18 season. At international level, he has been capped at U-19, U-20 and U-21 levels for England.

Youth career
2000–2001 Northallerton Town
2001–2008 Middlesbrough

Senior career
2008–2012 – Middlesbrough – 85 games (1 goal)
2012–2016 – Aston Villa – 30 games (0 goals)
2014–2015 → Brighton (loan) – 41 games (1 goal)
2015–2016 → Bournemouth (loan)
2016 → Sheffield Wednesday (loan) – 3 games (0 goals)
2016– Cardiff City – 164 games (5 goals)

National team
2009 England U19 – 5 games (0 goals)
2009 England U20 – 1 game (0 goals)
2011 England U21 – 3 games


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Sonny Bradley (aged 29, Luton)
Joost van Aken (aged 26, Sheffield Wednesday)
Osaze Urhoghide (aged 20, Sheffield Wednesday)
Michael Dawson (aged 37, Nottingham Forest)
Richard Wood (aged 35, Rotherham)
James Chester (aged 32, Stoke City)
Darius Charles (aged 33, Wycombe)
Tom Lees (aged 30, Sheffield Wednesday)
Nathan Baker (aged 29, Bristol City)
Christopher Schindler (aged 30, Huddersfield) club option 1 year
Sol Bamba (aged 36, Cardiff)
Curtis Davies (aged 35, Derby)
Romoney Crichlow (aged 21, Huddersfield)\
Michael Hefele (aged 30, Nottingham Forest)\
Clark Robertson (aged 27, Rotherham)
Christian Kabasele (aged 30, Watford)
Tommy Elphick (aged 33, Huddersfield) club option 1 year
Tom McIntyre (aged 22, Reading)
Kyle McFadzean (aged 34, Coventry)
Richard Stearman (aged 33, Huddersfield)
Jake Hull (aged 19, Rotherham)
Dominic Hyam (aged 25, Coventry) Option for a further year
Richard Keogh (aged 34, Huddersfield)
Steve Cook (aged 29, Bournemouth)
Derrick Williams (aged 28, Blackburn)
Adrian Mariappa (aged 34, Bristol City)
Murray Wallace (aged 28, Millwall)
Michael Morrison (aged 32, Reading)
Matty Pearson (aged 27, Luton)
Giles Phillips (aged 23, Wycombe)
Jordon Thompson (aged 21, Coventry) club option 1 year

Sonny Bradley

Hull born Sonny Bradley plays as a centre back for Luton Town, and has made 33 appearances for them in the 2020-21 season so far.

He has formerly played for Hull City, Harrogate Town, IK Frej, Aldershot Town, Portsmouth, Crawley Town and Plymouth Argyle.

He was part of the Hatters team that won promotion from League One in the 2018-19 campaign, and previous to that was named in the PFA League Two Team of the Year for the 2016-17 season.

Youth career
–2010 Hull City

Senior career
2010–2013 – Hull City – 2 games (0 goals)
2010 → Harrogate Town (loan) – 6 games (0 goals)
2011 → IK Frej (loan) – 5 games (1 goal)
2012 → Aldershot Town (loan) – 14 games (0 goals)
2012–2013 → Aldershot Town (loan) – 42 games (1 goal)
2013–2014 – Portsmouth – 33 games (2 goals)
2014–2016 – Crawley Town – 72 games (2 goals)
2016–2018 – Plymouth Argyle – 84 games (11 v)
2018– Luton Town – 114 games (3 goals)

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Samba Sow (aged 31, Nottingham Forest)
Alex Vallejo (aged 29, Huddersfield) club option 1 year
Shaun Williams (aged 34, Millwall)
Joey Pelupessy (aged 27, Sheffield Wednesday)
Geoff Cameron (aged 35, QPR)
Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (aged 26, Luton) Option for a further year
Alexander Tettey (aged 34, Norwich)
Dejan Tetek (aged 18, Reading)
Josh Eccles (aged 20, Coventry)
Charlie Owens (aged 23, QPR) club option 1 year
John Obi Mikel (aged 33, Stoke City)

Joey Pelupessy

Joey Pelupessy is an Dutch professional footballer of Indonesian descent who plays as a defensive midfielder for Sheffield Wednesday.

He could potential be among those who exit the Owls should they go down to League One with the club sitting 23rd in the Championship, and in serious danger unless new manager Darren Moore can perform a miracle.

Youth career
VA FC Twente

Senior career
2013–2014 – Twente – 3 games (0 goals)
2013–2014 – Jong FC Twente – 30 games (2 goals)
2014–2018 – Heracles Almelo – 103 games (2 goals)
2018– Sheffield Wednesday – 94 games (1 goal)


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Henri Lansbury (aged 30, Bristol City)
Mario Vrancic (aged 31, Norwich)
Jordan Cousins (aged 26, Stoke City)
Joe Rothwell (aged 26, Blackburn)
Tom Carroll (aged 28, QPR) club option 1 year
Billy Mitchell (aged 19, Millwall)
Alex Hunt (aged 20, Sheffield Wednesday)
Curtis Thompson (aged 26, Wycombe)
Alex Pattison (aged 23, Wycombe)
Alex Mowatt (aged 26, Barnsley)
Shaun MacDonald (aged 32, Rotherham)
Paul Gallagher (aged 36, Preston)
Jack Wilshere (aged 29, Bournemouth)
Liam Kelly (aged 31, Coventry)
George Moncur (aged 27, Luton)
Juninho Bacuna (aged 23, Huddersfield) club option 1 year
Corry Evans (aged 30, Blackburn)
Liam Walsh (aged 23, Bristol City)
Ryan Tunnicliffe (aged 28, Luton)
Luke Berry (aged 28, Luton) Option for a further year
Bradley Johnson (aged 33, Blackburn)
Lewis Holtby (aged 30, Blackburn)
Ben Thompson (aged 25, Millwall)
Liam Waldock (aged 20, Sheffield Wednesday)

Alex Mowatt

Barnsley head coach Valerien Ismael has stressed that the club will fight all the way to keep captain Alex Mowatt – after revealing that the Reds have turned down an offer for the midfielder.

The 25-year-old, whose Oakwell expires in the summer – with discussions regarding a new deal having yet to reach a successful conclusion – has been linked with a move to many Championship rivals including Millwall, Cardiff, Middlesbrough and QPR.

Confirming that the club have knocked back a bid for the former Leeds United player, he said: “It is a fight with (to keep) Alex, for sure. He has played a great season, so far. Would he stay at the club come the summer?

Youth career
2004–2013 Leeds United

Senior career
2013–2017 – Leeds United – 116 games (12 goals)
2017– Barnsley – 134 games (18 goals)
2017–2018 → Oxford United (loan) – 30 games (2 goals)

National team
2014 – England U19 – 1 game (0 goals)
2015 – England U20 – 1 game (0 goals)


Caolan Boyd-Munce (aged 21, Birmingham)
Anis Mehmeti (aged 20, Wycombe) both parties 1 year
Jamie Paterson (aged 29, Bristol City)
Emiliano Marcondes (aged 25, Brentford)
Alex Pritchard (aged 27, Huddersfield) club option 1 year
Jon Toral (aged 26, Birmingham) Option for a further year
Alen Halilovic (aged 24, Birmingham)
Nick Powell (aged 26, Stoke City)

Jamie Paterson

One player that will likely be keen to impress the new Robins manager is Jamie Paterson, after only returning from injury and with his future uncertain.

The 29-year-old is out of contract in the summer and now has just months to impress Pearson before a decision will have to be made on his future.

Bristol City could be in for a summer of big changes especially with a big number of the current squad also out of contract at the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

Senior career
2010–2013 – Walsall – 94 games (15 goals)
2013–2016 – Nottingham Forest – 55 games (9 goals)
2015–2016 → Huddersfield Town (loan) – 34 games (6 goals)
2016– Bristol City – 144 games (23 goals)
2019–2020 → Derby County (loan) – 10 games (1 goal)


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Stewart Downing (aged 36, Blackburn)
Marvin Johnson (aged 30, Middlesbrough)\
Adam Reach (aged 28, Sheffield Wednesday)
Jordan Shipley (aged 23, Coventry)
Shane Ferguson (aged 29, Millwall)
Tommy Rowe (aged 32, Bristol City)
Junior Stanislas (aged 31, Bournemouth)
Sammy Ameobi (aged 28, Nottingham Forest)
Junior Hoilett (aged 30, Cardiff)
Wayne Routledge (aged 36, Swansea)
Billy Bodin (aged 28, Preston)
Kazenga LuaLua (aged 30, Luton)

Adam Reach

Sheffield Wednesday winger Adam Reach is now free to talk to foreign clubs over a potential summer move as his contract expires in months to come.

The 27-year-old joined the Owls from Middlesbrough in 2016 for around £5 million, and Reach has gone on to make over 200 appearances for the Yorkshire club in all competitions.

Predominantly an attacking left winger but can also operate as a wingback, Reach scored 12 goals and 18 assists during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 campaigns.

The ex-Boro man hasn’t quite lived up to those heights this season, posting just two goals and two assists thus far, he still possesses an abundance of quality at Championship level.

Though, at 27, he still has time to improve and clubs like Celtic and Rangers are some reportedly interested in snapping him up.


Kadeem Harris (aged 27, Sheffield Wednesday)
Elliott Bennett (aged 32, Blackburn)
Ben Hughes (aged 20, Sheffield Wednesday)
Sheyi Ojo (aged 23, Cardiff)
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (aged 28, Middlesbrough)
Hakeeb Adelakun (aged 24, Bristol City)\
Andreas Weimann (aged 29, Bristol City)
Marley Watkins (aged 30, Bristol City)
Isaac Mbenza (aged 24, Huddersfield)
Jodi Jones (aged 23, Coventry)

Sheyi Ojo

Liverpool could let Sheyi Ojo leave this summer and Cardiff City are being tipped with being seriously interested in his signature after having an impressive season in a Bluebirds shirt.

Ojo is currently on his 7th loan spell in five years, but he’s always been decent at every club he’s been at.

He’s still just 23 years old and if you like five years away from hitting his peak.

And while he often shows off his potential and talent with some reckoning he is finally experiencing that breakthrough season with Cardiff, others do ciriticise his lack of consistency as a winger.

Should Cardiff not bring him in, he’ll be snapped up quick.


Sone Aluko (aged 32, Reading)
Elias Kachunga (aged 28, Sheffield Wednesday)
Yaya Sanogo (aged 28, Huddersfield)
Adebayo Akinfenwa (aged 38, Wycombe)
Amadou Bakayoko (aged 25, Coventry)
Famara Diédhiou (aged 28, Bristol City)
Martyn Waghorn (aged 31, Derby)
Danny Hylton (aged 32, Luton)
Louis Moult (aged 28, Preston)
Ched Evans (aged 32, Preston)
Ashley Fletcher (aged 25, Middlesbrough)
Britt Assombalonga (aged 28, Middlesbrough)
André Ayew (aged 31, Swansea)
Troy Deeney (aged 32, Watford)
Matt Smith (aged 31, Millwall)
Fraizer Campbell (aged 33, Huddersfield) Option for a further year
Glenn Murray (aged 37, Nottingham Forest)
Sam Baldock (aged 31, Reading)
Jordan Rhodes (aged 31, Sheffield Wednesday)
Maxime Biamou (aged 30, Coventry)
James Collins (aged 30, Luton)

Famara Diédhiou

Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson has suggested that the club are currently discussing the potential futures of a group of players who are set to be out of contract in the summer.

The Robins could be set for a vital summer with them needing to secure the long-term future of Pearson, who is only on a short-term deal until the end of the campaign at this stage. While there are also as many as six players out of contract whose futures will also need to be addressed before the club can work out where they need to strengthen.

Diedhiou was the subject of interest for many clubs in January, and he could feel ready for a new challenge instead of mid-table finishes every campaign.

Senior career
2012 – ASM Belfort – 11 games (3 goals)
2012–2013 – Épinal – 30 games (12 goals)
2013–2014 – Gazélec Ajaccio – 33 games (13 goals)
2014–2016 – Sochaux – 13 games (1 goal)
2014–2016 → Clermont (loan) – 50 games (23 goals)
2016–2017 – Angers – 31 games (8 goals)
2017– Bristol City – 143 games (46 goals)

National team
2014– Senegal – 10 games (5 goals)

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