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Loan watch: Bakinson, Adelakun and Walsh win promotion

Congratulations go to Liam Walsh, Hakeeb Adelakun and Tyreeq Bakinson who have won promotion with their loan clubs Coventry City, Rotherham United and Plymouth Argyle, respectively.

The news was confirmed on Tuesday (June 9th) afternoon, after clubs in leagues One and Two voted to curtail the season.

It means Walsh can celebrate promotion as League One champions with Coventry City, who will play Championship football next season. Adelakun helped Rotherham United earn second spot, while Matty Taylor's Oxford United will now compete in the play-offs for the third and final promotion spot.

Midfielder Walsh scored a superb solo goal in a 2-1 win over Rochdale, also netting against Bristol Rovers among his 35 appearances in all competitions. He scored five goals in all, grabbing as many assists in the league.

In League Two, it was second-time lucky for Bakinson - who missed out on promotion with Newport County in last year's League Two play-off final - as he helped lead Argyle to promotion finishing the division third. The midfielder scored two goals and two assists during his time at Home Park.

All clubs had earlier voted on the regulations which should be in place in the event of the season ending early.

The earlier EFL statement

At an Extraordinary General Meeting on Tuesday 9 June, EFL Clubs voted on proposals in respect of changes to EFL Regulations in the event season 2019/20 is curtailed.

Proposals were submitted by Barnsley and Tranmere Rovers alongside amendments to an EFL Board proposal which were put forward by Lincoln City, Stevenage and Ipswich Town. 

Following a vote on each by all 71 Clubs, it was overwhelmingly agreed (by a majority of all Clubs and a majority in the Championship) to adopt the EFL Board’s proposal into EFL Regulations, which now means the following applies in the event a division curtails its 2019/20 season or it is ended by any other means. 

  1. Final divisional placings will be determined on unweighted points per game (if required).
  2. Promotion and relegation should be retained. 
  3. Play-Offs will be played in all circumstances but will not be extended (beyond four teams).  

EFL Chair, Rick Parry, said: “Whilst it has always remained the Board’s position to play the remainder of the season where possible, the decision reached at today’s meeting follows a full and considered consultation period with our member Clubs. The Board has endeavoured to listen to all views and alternative approaches but understands that the decisions taken will not be met with universal satisfaction from all Clubs.

“Today’s outcome ensures that the League and its Clubs remains as faithful as possible to the previously agreed Regulations and that there is consistency in the approach adopted across the EFL in all divisions if required. 

“It is clear that the challenges facing the League from the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic are unprecedented and I thank the contribution of EFL Clubs in making this important determination.”

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