English Football League clubs have voted to bring forward the deadline for completing permanent deals in the summer transfer window.
This was announced by the governing body on Thursday.
EFL teams will now be unable to sign players from other clubs beyond 5pm on August 9.
This decision aligns with that of Premier League clubs last September.
“After discussing the options throughout the course of the last few months, I’m pleased that the matter has been determined by clubs ahead of the start of next season.
“This new approach will give clubs and managers the stability they crave earlier in the season whilst also providing the flexibility to add to their squads after the traditional deadline until the end of month if required,” EFL chief executive, Shaun Harvey, said.
The 72 sides in the Championship, League One and League Two will still be able to loan players in until the end of August.