FIFA 18 Career Mode: EFL Championship contract expiry signings ending in 2018

On a tight budget? The EFL Championship has some solid pre-contract players available on FIFA 18’s career mode and we list them ALL.

Alastair Pusinelli by Alastair Pusinelli

If you’re struggling for cash on Career Mode, you need to be looking at contract expiry signings. These are EFL Championship players you can sign for free at the end of the season, so if you are looking to save cash they are an absolute godsend. 

The standard of The Championship is improving every year, and whether you are a bottom half Premier League club or working your way up from League Two, you should be able to find some scalps from the English second tier.

For our guide on how to make a contract expiry signing click here.

A full list of ALL the Championship contract expiry signings rated 70 or higher can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Wes Hoolahan (OVR 76 – POT 76)

Age: 35

Positions: CAM, RM, LM

Club: Norwich City

Country: Republic of Ireland

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 88 balance, 83 vision, 80 ball control 

Wage: £27,000 a week

At the age of 35, Wes Hoolahan’s days as a top-flight footballer may be over, but the Irish international is still a very capable player. The attacking or wide midfielder has twice won promotion to the Premier League with Norwich and has over 50 career goals to his name.

Hoolahan’s 76 overall means he could be a valuable squad player for a season, especially with attributes of 88 balance, 83 vision and 80 ball control. You will need wages of £27,000 a week to secure the playmaker.

John Terry (OVR 76 – POT 76)

Age: 36

Positions: CB

Club: Aston Villa

Country: England

Work rate: Medium/High

Best stats: 83 strength, 82 composure, 81 marking

Wage: £24,000 a week

One of the greatest defenders the game has ever seen, John Terry won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups a Champions League and a Europa League during his two decades at Chelsea. The 36-year-old centre back was let go at the end of last season, signing a one-year contract with Championship side Aston Villa.

83 strength, 82 composure and 81 marking give Terry a 76 overall rating, but at his age you will only need him for one season. His current wages are £24,000 a week.

Abel Hernandez (OVR 75 – POT 75)

Age: 26

Positions: ST

Club: Hull City

Country: Uruguay

Work rate: Medium/Low

Best stats: 85 acceleration, 82 sprint speed, 81 agility

Wage: £12,000 a week

Hull find themselves in a relegation battle this season, and that is partly down to an injury sustained by Abel Hernandez. The 26-year-old striker has been out for six months, and Hull have really missed the Uruguayan international’s goals.

A summer exit from The Tigers could be on the cards, and you will need wages of just £12,000 a week to tempt him to your club on FIFA 18. Hernandez’s 75 overall consists of 85 acceleration, 82 sprint speed and 81 agility. 

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Bartosz Bialkowski (OVR 75 – POT 75)

Age: 29

Positions: GK

Club: Ipswich Town

Country: Poland

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 77 GK reflexes, 74 reactions, 74 GK positioning

Wage: £14,000 a week

After being thrown around a few Football League clubs, Polish goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski has found a home at Ipswich. The 29-year-old has played 134 times for The Tractor Boys since arriving from Notts County in 2014 and is among the Championship’s most reliable goalkeepers.

Bialkowski could be a good signing for a Premier League side looking for a back-up ‘keeper, and his wages cost just £14,000 a week. That will get you his 75 overall rating which consists of 77 GK reflexes, 74 reactions and 74 GK positioning. 

Souleymane Bamba (OVR 75 – POT 75)

Age: 32

Positions: CB, CDM

Club: Cardiff City

Country: Ivory Coast

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 88 strength, 82 aggression, 78 interceptions

Wage: £23,000 a week

When Souleymane Bamba was at Leicester, he looked as if he could make the step up to the Premier League. Despite 55 appearances over two seasons for the then Championship club, he was sold to Trabzonspor and his career hasn’t really recovered. A return to England came with Leeds and the Ivory Coast now applies his trade for Cardiff City, who lie second in the Championship, so the Premier League may finally await the centre back.

Bamba’s 75 overall consists of 88 strength, 82 aggression and 78 interceptions. You will need weekly wages of £23,000 to secure him next season, with his ability to play in defensive midfield a massive plus point.

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Junior Hoilett (OVR 74 – POT 74)

Age: 27

Positions: LW, LM, ST

Club: Cardiff City

Country: Canada

Work rate: Medium/Low

Best stats: 92 acceleration, 90 sprint speed, 85 agility

Wage: £27,000 a week

Junior Hoilett showed so many flashes of brilliance during his time in the Premier League with Blackburn and QPR, but the Canadian has had to settle for life in the Championship with Cardiff. Consistency has always been the problem for the left winger or striker, and maybe you can save the 27-year-old’s career on FIFA 18?

Hoilett has a 74 overall rating on the game due to his 92 acceleration, 90 sprint speed and 85 agility. To snap him up on a free, you will need wages of £27,000 a week. 

Bobby Reid (OVR 73 – POT 78)

Age: 24

Positions: ST, CM, CAM

Club: Bristol City

Country: England

Work rate: High/High

Best stats: 86 stamina, 86 balance, 85 acceleration

Wage: £35,000 a week

If you’re looking for a younger free signing who can improve, Bobby Reid is your man. The Bristol City striker and central or attacking midfielder has scored 13 goals this seasons, pushing The Robins towards automatic promotion and he even scored against Manchester City in the EFL Cup. 

86 stamina, 86 balance and 85 acceleration give Reid a 73 overall which can improve to a 78 potential. The 24-year-old has wages of £35,000 a week. 

Massimo Luongo (OVR 73 – POT 76)

Age: 24

Positions: CM, CDM

Club: Queens Park Rangers

Country: Australia

Work rate: Medium/High

Best stats: 85 stamina, 79 agility, 78 jumping

Wage: £22,000 a week

An Australian international who is now a regular for QPR, Massimo Luongo could go on to break into the Premier League. The 24-year-old central or defensive midfielder has made 99 appearances for the Loftus Road club since his switch from Swindon in 2015, offering solid protection for his back four.

Luongo’s 73 overall can improve to a 76 potential, so his 85 stamina, 79 agility and 78 jumping still have room for improvement. To sign him, you will need wages of £22,000 a week. 

Greg Cunningham (OVR 73 – POT 74)

Age: 26

Positions: LB, LWB, CB

Club: Preston North End

Country: Republic of Ireland

Work rate: Medium/High

Best stats: 83 stamina, 80 aggression, 78 acceleration

Wage: £13,000 a week

A full back option is Greg Cunningham. The Irish left back is now 26, and if you are strapped for cash he could be a stable back-up option. Preston’s Cunningham made 44 appearances last season, and the question is now whether he could make the grade in the top flight. 

Cunningham’s wages of £13,000 a week will get you his 73 overall which can still improve to 74. His stats of 83 stamina, 80 aggression and 78 acceleration should tempt you enough to make a move for him. 

Pablo Hernandez (OVR 73 – POT 73)

Age: 32

Positions: CAM, LM, RM

Club: Leeds United

Country: Spain

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 81 balance, 80 ball control, 79 agility

Wage: £30,000 a week

Pablo Hernandez was one of Swansea’s most reliable performers a few years ago, but his career looked to fade away when he left Wales for Qatari side Al-Arabi. A loan move back to Spain with Rayo Vallecano got him back on track, and he then joined Leeds to reunite with former Swansea manager Garry Monk.

With Monk now gone, an exit could be on the cards, and you can get the 32-year-old Hernandez for wages of £30,000 a week. That will get you the attacking, left or right midfielder’s 73 overall rating and stats of 81 balance, 80 ball control and 79 agility. 

Other Championship player contracts expiring in 2018

Player

A

Pos

Club

Country

OVR/

POT

V

W

Michael Dawson

33

CB

Hull

England

73/

73

£1m

£10k

Allan McGregor

35

GK

Hull

Scotland

73/

73

£750k

£5k

Moses Odubajo

23

RB

Hull

England

72/

79

£5m

£6k

Aron Gunnarsson

28

CDM

CM

Cardiff

Iceland

72/

72

£1.8m

£17k

Andreas Bjelland

28

CB

LB

Brentford

Denmark

72/

72

£1.8m

£25k

David McGoldrick

29

ST

CAM

Ipswich

Ireland

72/

72

£2.3m

£15k

Ashkan Dejagah

30

RM

LM

Nott’m Forest

Iran

72/

72

£2.2m

£18k

Cole Skuse

31

CDM

CM

Ipswich

England

72/

72

£1.5m

£12k

Tom Trybull

24

CDM

CM

Norwich

Germany

71/

76

£3.5m

£17k

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing

25

RW
RM

LM

Cardiff

England

71/

74

£3.5m

£19k

Shaun Hutchinson

26

CB

Millwall

England

71/

74

£3.2m

£20k

Ryan Fredericks

24

RB

RWB

Fulham

England

71/

73

£3m

£21k

Florian Jozefzoon

26

LW
RW
ST

Brentford

Holland

71/

71

£2m

£29k

Marc Wilson

29

CB

LB

Sund’land

Ireland

71/

71

£1.5m

£7k

Lasse Vibe

30

ST

RM

Brentford

Denmark

71/

71

£1.8m

£29k

Alexander Tettey

31

CDM

CM

Norwich

Norway

71/

71

£1.3m

£20k

Sebastian Larsson

32

CM

CDM

Hull

Sweden

71/

71

£1.4m

£8k

Alan Hutton

32

RB

LB

Aston Villa

Scotland

71/

71

£1m

£20k

Mark Bunn

32

GK

Aston Villa

England

71/

71

£1m

£16k

Christopher Samba

33

CB

Aston Villa

Congo

71/

71

£750k

£20k

Sammy Ameobi

25

RM

LM

CAM

Bolton

Nigeria

70/

73

£2.5m

£21k

Andy Yiadom

25

LB

RB

RM

Barnsley

Ghana

70/

73

£2m

£7k

Marlon Pack

26

CM

CDM

Bristol City

England

70/

73

£2.4m

£26k

Mark Beevers

27

CB

Bolton

England

70/

70

£1m

£20k

David Meyler

28

CM

Hull

Ireland

70/

70

£1.3m

£8k

Jacques Maghoma

29

LM

RM

Birm’ham

DR Congo

70/

70

£1.2m

£19k

Darron Gibson

29

CM

CDM

Sunderland

Ireland

70/

70

£1.2m

£8k

Paul Huntington

29

CB

Preston

England

70/

70

£1m

£10k

Shaun Williams

30

CM

Millwall

Ireland

70/

70

£1m

£22k

Lee Peltier

30

RB

RWB

Cardiff

England

70/

70

£900k

£16k

Billy Jones

30

RB

LB

Sunderland

England

70/

70

£900k

£7k

Nedum Onuoha

30

CB

QPR

England

70/

70

£900k

£16k

Mark Duffy

31

CAM

CM

Sheffield United

England

70/

70

£1m

£26k

Joey van den Berg

31

CDM

CM

CB

Reading

Holland

70/

70

£850k

£19k

Grant Leadbitter

31

CDM

CM

Middlesbro’

England

70/

70

£850k

£11k

Ross Wallace

32

RM

Sheff Wed

Scotland

70/

70

£900k

£32k

Paul Gallagher

32

CM

Preston

Scotland

70/

70

£900k

£10k

John O’Shea

36

CB

Sund’land

Ireland

70/

70

£200k

£5k

Tim Cahill

37

CAM

ST

CM

Millwall

Australia

70/

70

£500k

£16k

A = Age

V = Value

W = Wage

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