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MK Dons allow goalkeeper Cropper to leave the club

Cody Cropper is leaving MK Dons. Credit: PA

MK Dons have allowed goalkeeper Cody Cropper to leave the club after deciding not to exercise their option to give him a new contract.

The American made 12 appearances for the Dons in The Championship last season but didn't do enough to convince manager Karl Robinson to hand him a new deal.

Yesterday, the Dons handed a new contract to fellow goalkeeper Charlie Burns.


MK Dons goalkeeper 'delighted' over new contract

Burns' contract was due to expire at the end of June Credit: MK Dons

MK Dons goalkeeper Charlie Burns has signed a new 12 month contract.

It keeps him at Stadium:mk until at least June 2017.

The 21-year-old has previously enjoyed loan spells at Cambridge City and Truro City.

Burns made his full senior debut for the Dons last season away at play-off finalists Sheffield Wednesday.

He featured four times during the Dons' Championship campaign, and will be hoping to further his development next season in League One.

I’m delighted and proud to get another year with the Dons.

When I was in the Academy, I would watch the first-team week in, week out and it was my dream to be out there playing as well – I’m pleased that I get to stay a part of the squad for another season.

I know I’m going to have to remain patient and wait for my opportunity to impress. I’m still young and I’m still developing, so I’ll be looking to continue learning each and every day in training and in matches.

– Charlie Burns

MK Dons manager Robinson reportedly turns down Leeds United

Karl Robinson appears to have turned down Leeds United. Credit: PA

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson has reportedly turned down the chance to take over at Leeds United.

It's understood the 35-year-old met with Leeds owner Massimo Cellino in London about the managerial position at Elland Road, but talks broke down.

Robinson will now be hoping to lead another promotion push at Stadium:mk following the Dons' relegation last season.

Norwich City defender Whittaker signs new deal

Steven Whittaker is staying at Carrow Road. Credit: PA

Norwich City defender Steven Whittaker has signed a new one-year contract with the club.

The 31-year-old's current deal was due to expire this summer but he has instead been offered the chance to stay at Carrow Road.

Scottish international Whittaker struggled for game time in the Premier League last season but was a key part of the Canaries team that got promoted from The Championship two years ago.

I'm over the moon to stay here, I've really enjoyed my four years.

The manager spoke to me towards the end of the season and said it was a frustrating season for myself, but he reminded me what a great job I'd done for him in the Championship and he believes I can do that again.

I'm here, in the squad and ready to get to work again to battle for my place.

– Steven Whittaker, Norwich City


Reports: MK Dons boss Robinson being lined up by Leeds United

Karl Robinson is reportedly attracting interest from Leeds United. Credit: PA

Leeds United have been heavily linked with a move for MK Dons manager Karl Robinson.

The 35-year-old couldn't prevent the Dons from being relegated from The Championship last season, but that doesn't appear to have put off interested parties.

According to Sky Sports, Leeds are closing in on the appointment of Robinson who is the hot favourite to replace Steve Evans at Elland Road.

However, the Yorkshire Post claim he is just one of a number of candidates being looked at.

Jones has no concern over Hartley's fitness despite concussion

Eddie Jones (left) has backed Hartley (right) to be fit enough to lead England in Australia. Credit: PA

England head coach Eddie Jones says he has no concerns over Dylan Hartley's fitness - despite him missing much of the second-half of the season with concussion.

The Northampton Saints hooker was knocked out in the Six Nations Grand Slam decider against France in March.

Hartley only returned for the Saints' final game of the campaign earlier this month, but Jones has faith that he will be fine to lead England in their upcoming tour of Australia.

I’m not concerned by his lack of rugby.

He trained very well in Brighton (at the training camp). He was one of our best performers so he’ll be able to play against Wales and will hopefully get 50 or 60 minutes then he’ll be right for the first Test.

– Eddie Jones, England Head Coach

England take on Wales at Twickenham next weekend before heading over to Australia in June.

Northamptonshire boxer Cameron out of Olympic contention

Chantelle Cameron won't be at this summer's Olympics. Credit: PA

Northamptonshire boxer Chantelle Cameron's hopes of making this summer's Olympics are over.

The 25-year-old was eliminated at the Women's World Championships in Kazakhstan.

She'd needed a semi-final finish to qualify for Rio, but lost on a split decision to Finland's Mira Potkonen in the Astana preliminaries.

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