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The Championship campaign gets underway in 31 days and the league’s elite have started to make a statement.

Undoubtedly, loads more deals will happen before Sunderland take on Derby in the Championship opener but what are the signings of the summer so far?

 

John Terry (Chelsea to Aston Villa) – Free

The Blues legend will be welcomed with open arms to Villa Park as Steve Bruce’s side gear up for their second successive Championship campaign.

Terry’s switch to the Midlands club was confirmed on Monday with the defending penning a one-year deal. The 36-year-old brings a wealth of experience to Villa having made 713 appearances for Chelsea.

Experience isn’t the only thing Terry has to offer. The courageous defender has won the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup as well as the Champions League and Europa League. He has also won 78 caps for England.

Terry is a born winner and his successes in football can only have a positive effect on his Aston Villa teammates – a number of them described as “excited” following his arrival.

Terry’s leadership skills could also prove decisive. The skipper of Chelsea, Terry will wear his heart on his sleeve and will prove a tough nut to crack in England’s second tier.

He will throw himself into every tackle, every block and will be a rock in the heart of the Villa defence. His peers will look up to him as Villa seek a return to the Premier League but keeping Terry fit has to be a priority.

 

George Boyd (Burnley to Sheffield Wednesday) – Free

Another free transfer but another statement made.

George Boyd has plenty of Championship experience and also has Championship promotion on his CV following promotion to the top flight with Hull City.

Sheffield Wednesday have cemented themselves as one of the top sides in the Championship having reached the playoffs for the last two seasons.

Having a player like Boyd in the team could finally see the Owls claim a Premier League spot. Boyd is every Championship manager’s dream. In what is a very competitive league, Boyd has tremendous work ethic and will contribute with a goal or two.

The Chatham-born can also be deadly on his left-foot as well as strong in the air. Bringing in Boyd on a free transfer is very good business by Wednesday.

 

Marc Roberts (Barnsley to Birmingham) – Undisclosed Fee

Marc Roberts arrival from Oakwell will make good reading for Birmingham fans.

The defender had been linked to a host of Championship clubs and becomes Harry Redknapp’s second signing of the summer.

Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom described Roberts performances last season as “excellent” and revealed the Yorkshire club had received more than one bid for his services.

Birmingham finished just two points clear of the relegation places last season, conceding a staggering 64 goals. If the 2011 FA Cup winners are to enjoy a better campaign defensively, they will need Roberts to produce some of the form he produced last campaign.

 

Written by Peter Whalen

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