Derby have been cleared by the EFL to make new signings ahead of the 2021/22 Championship season. The rules have been changed due to the coronavirus outbreak at the club last season. Derby are under a transfer embargo after failing to produce audits of 2016, 2017, and 2018. They have been provided with an August 18 deadline to submit these documents. They still will not be able to make any permanent signings but will be allowed to sign free agents and loan signings for a period of six months.
“Further to a request from Derby County, the EFL board has now considered the circumstances regarding appearances made by a number of academy players in the FA Cup tie against Chorley earlier this year.” an EFL statement read. “Upon review, the board has determined that the appearance in that fixture by those players will not be considered as part of any assessment of whether they are players of ‘professional standing’ in line with the League’s embargo policy, due to the exceptional circumstances that applied at the time of the fixture.”
“The board rejected a further request to relax an enhanced embargo that remains in place in respect of other regulation breaches. The club will therefore continue to be under wage restrictions on player recruitment and limited to a squad size up to 23 players of ‘professional standing’.” the statement added about Championship club Derby.
Derby currently have only nine senior players registered, of which two are goalkeepers. They narrowly survived relegation on the last day of the 2020/2021 season.