The free agents from League One still without a club - including Ipswich, Sheffield Wednesday and Oxford men

A few players remain available for transfer after failing to find new clubs after their contracts expired
Tom Carroll is already known to Bristol Rovers boss Joey Barton. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)Tom Carroll is already known to Bristol Rovers boss Joey Barton. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
Tom Carroll is already known to Bristol Rovers boss Joey Barton. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Bristol Rovers are still looking to add to their squad before the transfer window closes on September 1.

A total of six signings have come through the door this summer, seven if you include the return of Glenn Whelan who has taken up the role of player-coach.

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The Gas don’t have the biggest of budgets but have so far brought in quality rather than quantity with all of them being thrust straight into first-team section.

The free agent market has already been explored with the signings of Lewis Gordon, who turned down Crystal Palace after a trial period, as well as John Marquis who opened his account last week.

Rovers’ transfer strategy may be elsewhere as they are in and out of negotiations for Wimbledon’s Luke McCormick, whilst Adam Phillips of Burnley also remains a target.

There is still some value to be had however for the players that are still without a club despite being a few games into the season.

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Here we run through the midfielders released by League One sides who may still be available for transfer even when the window shuts…

Tom Carroll - The 30-year-old is still on the lookout for a new club after being released by Ipswich Town. He previously played alongside Joey Barton during his time at Queens Park Rangers. Carroll has mainly played in the Premier League and Championship, but may have to settle for a move in League One again.

Massimo Luongo - After opting to leave Sheffield Wednesday this summer, the Australian midfielder had a trial period at Reading but didn’t end up signing terms there. City’s midfield sometimes struggled to put together a consistent run of games so Luongo could add some depth there. He is defensive minded however whereas the priority would be to bring in an attacking midfielder.

Saido Berahino - Berahino reportedly attracted a lot of attention after his Wednesday departure but has yet to sign for a new team. Berahino is capable of playing as a centre forward as well as on either flank.

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John Bostock - Bostock was at Doncaster Rovers last season, who suffered the unfortunate fate of relegation. Bostock, similar to Luongo, is more of a defensive minded midfielder rather than an attacking option. At 30-years-old he’s had an interesting career going from Crystal Palace to Tottenham, then to spells in Belgium, France and Turkey.

Sam Winnall - Could another striker interest Barton? He already has John Marquis leading the line whilst Ryan Loft is in waiting and Aaron Collins can doubles up as one when he’s not on the wings. He had most recently been on trial with Burton Albion but as of yet, nothing has come of that. With 99 senior career goals, he could be an option should any injuries arise.

Anthony Pilkington - Formerly of Fleetwood Town but didn’t work under Joey Barton there. Pilkington has had respectable spells at Norwich City, Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City. Similar to a few of Rovers’ attacking players, he can play on the wing as well as acting as a centre forward.

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