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Every Bristol Rovers transfer deal completed as summer window closes but with more on the way

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Joey Barton promised a “great reset” and the number of transfer decisions made by Bristol Rovers over the summer window indicates the manager made good on his promise: 16 new players came through the door at the Mem, with 22 leaving, either at the end of their contracts, on free transfers or sold.

As the dust has settled on the last three months, Barton is left with a very different squad from the one he inherited after Paul Tisdale’s dismissal and with the expectation of at least one, potentially two, more players arriving with Glenn Whelan set to sign and the midfielder could be followed by another free agent.

Barton began and ended the window with multiple deals announced; Nick Anderton, Harry Finley, Paul Coutts and Mark Hughes were announced together on May 26 to set the tone for the type of players and characters the manager wanted to bring in, with the summer then concluded on August 31 and Leon Clarke, Antony Evans and Junior Brown in BS7.

In between there was the departure of Ed Upson, after three years at the club, and the release of breath as the Gas were finally able to get Kyle Bennett’s millstone of a contract off the books. Not to mention excitement around the arrivals of Aaron Collins, Luke Thomas and Harry Anderson.

The sale of Brandon Hanlan ensured the July announced that Rovers would have to pay Gillingham £150,000 for signing him in 2020 was largely academy as his transfer fee covered that compensation but one of the big red flags of the window was Barton’s inability to replace the striker.

The message had been that Hanlan would only be sold if a replacement was discovered but the 24-year-old left six days prior to the deadline with 36-year-old Clarke the only striker arriving, a deal that had been weeks in the making as he trained at The Quarters.

Barton will hope that doesn’t come to underwrite this window, as proved the case 12 months ago when the belief that Ben Garner had assembled a clever and technical squad was disastrously undone by the fact Rovers had nobody to put the ball in the back of the net.

Incomings

Nick Anderton (Free, Carlisle United)

Harry Anderson (Free, Lincoln City)

James Belshaw (Undisclosed, Harrogate Town)

Junior Brown (Free, Unattached)

Leon Clarke (Free, Unattached)

Trevor Clarke (Undisclosed, Rotherham United)

Aaron Collins (Free, Forest Green Rovers)

Paul Coutts (Free, Fleetwood Town)



Paul Coutts of Bristol Rovers.

Antony Evans (Free, Unattached)

Sam Finley (Free, Fleetwood Town)

Mark Hughes (Free, Accrington Stanley)

Brett Pitman (Free, Swindon Town)

Harvey Saunders (Free, Fleetwood Town)

Sion Spence (Loan, Crystal Palace)

Connor Taylor (Loan, Stoke City)

Luke Thomas (Loan, Barnsley)



Brett Pitman of Bristol Rovers scores from long range.

Outgoings

Alexis Andre Jnr (Released)

Liam Armstrong (Released, Gloucester City)

Jonah Ayunga (Undisclosed, Morecambe)

Jack Baldwin (Free, Ross County)

Josh Barrett (Released)

Kyle Bennett (Released, joined AFC Telford)

James Daly (Free, Stevenage)

Tom Davies (Released, Tranmere Rovers)

Max Ehmer (Free, Gillingham)

Brandon Hanlan (Undisclosed, Wycombe Wanderers)



Jack Baldwin has signed for Ross County after leaving Bristol Rovers.

Josh Hare (Released, Eastleigh)

Michael Kelly (Released, Eastleigh)

Ali Koiki (Released, Northampton Town)

Luke Leahy (Released, Shrewsbury Town)

Ben Liddle (Loan, Queen of the South)

Mark Little (Released, Yeovil Town)

Abu Ogogo (Released, Southend United)

David Tutonda (Free, Gillingham)

Ed Upson (Released, Newport County)

Jordi van Stappershoef (Released)

Harry Warwick (Released, Chippenham Town)

George Williams (Free, Cambridge United)

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