Many Championship clubs have already been busy in their transfer dealings, with the likes of Birmingham City and Blackburn Rovers having made a number of new signings. 

There are certain players that are already exciting fans ahead of the 2013/14 Championship season. 

Here, we take a look at three players that can play a key role for their new sides next season. 

Wayne Bridge- Reading

Wayne Bridge signed for Reading earlier this month after a disappointing period with Manchester City. The former England international was frozen out of the City team following the Sheikh Mansour takeover and Nigel Adkins was willing to give the left-back a chance at the Madejski Stadium. 

Known for his back-to-the-wall defending, Bridge impressed during his first ever season in professional football with Southampton where he played a key part in their 1998 great escape. 

Bridge makes the move to Reading following the release of Ian Hart, and manager Nigel Adkins hopes that Bridge will show the consistency he has done throughout his career, as the Royals attempt to gain promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt. 

Johnny Russell- Derby County

Johnny Russell was a £750,000 signing from Dundee United earlier this month. He had been a key figure for Dundee last season, where he scored 20 goals in 38 appearances. Aside from his goals, Russell provides an element of creativity upfront something that strike partner Jon Daly benefited from greatly.

As well as his goalscoring and creativity, Russell possesses another great weapon, making him exceptionally effective upfront. His pace has caused defences trouble since he began playing for Dundee in 2006, and has contributed to the majority of his 45 goals scored for Dundee. 

And Derby will hope that Russell brings these skills to Pride Park next season as Nigel Clough's men push for promotion next season. 

Matt Smith- Leeds United

Matt Smith isn't a common name in English league football. But go back to Janurary 27 at Boundary Park where Smith's current team Oldham Athletic are taking on Liverpool. Smith scored a famous double to take the Latics into a fourth round tie against Everton.

In this game Oldham are 2-1 down with the Everton fans ready to celebrate a victory. But against all the odds, Smith pops up with a 90th minute equaliser to send Boundary Park into hysterics and take Oldham to Goodison for a replay. Unfortunately the Latics lost the replay, but Smith had grabbed two headlines of that season's FA Cup. 

And new Leeds manager Brian McDermott saw Smith's talent and bought him to Leeds earlier this month. Smith widely played in non-league before his move to Oldham, but is known for his high work-rate and aerial presence. 

And after these classic FA Cup moments, we look forward to seeing what Smith can bring to Elland Road next season. 


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