Originally Posted by WeAreKent
It was busier back in the summer with players switching counties with immediate effect (Kohler-Cadmore, Robson, Sibley, Clarke, Hose to name but five off the top of my head who weren't even loans but full-scale mid-season transfers).
This seems to be a new phenomenon. Has there been some sort of rule change this year to facilitate these moves? I first noticed it when Kohler-Cadmore went from Worcs to Yorks and thought it was a bit early to be approaching out-of-contract players, then it turned out to be an immediate transfer on a long-term contract.
The Sibley-Clarke swap was announced as a mutually convenient loan arrangement after the two players had agreed moves for next season when their contracts expired. I doubt Surrey would have released Sibley without getting Clarke in return - Alec Stewart was so unhappy about losing him he almost started making controversial remarks to the media!