How loans have risen to dominate the Covid-affected transfer market

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Ed Aarons

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In the summer window more than 30% of deals were loans as cash-strapped Italian and Spanish clubs search for ways to cut costs

Most people have probably not heard of John Docker given he made just a handful of appearances, as a teenager, for Torquay United at the start of their Division Three campaign in 1967. However, the diminutive winger will always have a special place in the history of football transfers.

Temporary deals between English clubs had been outlawed until the introduction of a new loans system saw Docker become the first to take advantage when he moved to the Devon club from Coventry City. The 19-year-old couldn’t have got off to a better start, scoring twice in a 3-0 victory against local rivals Exeter and going on to make another three appearances before being sent back to Coventry.

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