It seems Ken Bates and Simon Grayson are wasting no time this year in strengthening the squad for our Championship return. Today, Old Kenneth told fans how a third signing has already been done in principle, but the club are waiting for the players agent to return from Spain before the deal can be finalised;

“A deal has been agreed in principle but we can’t finalise it because the player’s agent is in Spain and you need face-to-face meetings to resolve a player’s signing.”

Historically, the summer transfer market is extremely slow to get moving, but with the signings of Kasper Schmeichel and Billy Paynter already confirmed, the fans have had plenty to get excited about already.

The rumours of who this mysterious third singing will be are already ripe. Billy Sharp continues to be linked as well as Gary Hooper (although the latter would appear to be wishful thinking). The possibility of Swindon youngster, Charlie Austin following Billy Paynter to Leeds has been suggested, as well as Derby’s, Paul Connoly.

The likelihood however, is that none of these suggestions will prove to be true. Simon Grayson has a habit of catching the media off guard with his signings, so predicting what he’ll do next is a bit of a lottery.