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Posh player forced to retire after knee injury

Jack Collison has been forced to retire Credit: PA

Peterborough United midfielder Jack Collison has been forced to retire at the age of 27 after failing to recover from a knee injury.

The former Welsh international has been battling the injury since his early 20s and has never fully recovered.

Collison made his name at West Ham United, and also had a spell at Ipswich Town.

He will now continue his work as an academy coach at Posh.

"So I’m signing off for now. With a tear in my eye, but a huge smile on my face, I sit here optimistic. I’m excited for the next chapter and if it’s anything like the last I know it’s going to be one hell of a journey."

– Jack Collison

Northampton Saints to honour Barwell family with opening of new stand

The Barwell Stand will be officially opened today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The new North Stand at Northampton Saints' Franklin's Gardens will be officially opened today (February 13).

The 2,000-seater Barwell Stand has been used since early November but a ceremonial cutting of ribbon will take place this afternoon before Saints' Premiership clash with London Irish.

The day will be dedicated to the Barwell family who have played a key role in the running of the club in recent years.

A number of Saints legends will also be paraded in front of the crowd before kick-off.

"Although the Barwell Stand will honour the name for years to come, it is only fitting that supporters are given the opportunity to show their gratitude and thanks to Keith and the rest of the Barwell family for what they have done for Saints over the years which has culminated in us being where we are today - one of the best clubs in England.

One of Keith's core beliefs was that the club is bigger than any one individual, which is why we're inviting players who have put their names in the history books by having played hundreds of times in the first team to join us, and why we're working with local schools to tell youngsters about our past that we're so proud of.

It will be a great occasion, and we're looking forward to seeing another full house to help make this a memorable day for Keith and his family."

– Allan Robson, Northampton Saints Chief Executive

Northampton Saints v London Irish, Aviva Premiership, Saturday 13 February, 15:00

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Ipswich Town striker Pitman: 'I'd definitely celebrate against Bristol City!'

Ipswich Town striker Brett Pitman says that he would have no reservations about celebrating if he scores against his former club Bristol City tomorrow (February 13).

The 28-year-old enjoyed a three-year spell at Ashton Gate, but admits his loyalties are now firmly with Ipswich.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Donovan Blake

Ipswich Town confirm Pringle loan switch

Ben Pringle has joined Ipswich Town. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have signed Fulham winger Ben Pringle on an initial month's loan.

There is an agreement for the 26-year-old to stay at Portman Road for the rest of the season if he impresses.

Pringle will help cover for the loss of Ryan Fraser who has been ruled out for the next two months.

He is available to make his debut at Bristol City tomorrow (February 13).

“When the opportunity came up to come here on loan, it was an easy decision.

I know Mick McCarthy’s stature in the game and what he has achieved and that was a big pulling power.

I knew there was interest in me from Ipswich last summer when I left Rotherham. I wasn’t offered a contract here or anything like that but I’m delighted to have the opportunity to join the club now.

Fulham are my parent club and it will depend on what they say but if things go well for me here and Ipswich are happy with me, I’d definitely be interested in getting something done here for the future.”

– Ben Pringle, Ipswich Town

Bristol City v Ipswich Town, Sky Bet Championship, Saturday 13 February, 15:00

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Ipswich Town set to sign Pringle as Fraser and Skuse are ruled out

Ben Pringle is set to join Ipswich Town. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed that Fulham winger Ben Pringle is set to sign for the club on loan in the coming days.

The 26-year-old is expected to join on an initial month's loan and could make his debut against Bristol City this weekend.

Ryan Fraser will be missing for the next two months. Credit: PA

Pringle will help cover for the loss of Ryan Fraser who has been ruled out for two months with a torn hamstring, while Cole Skuse will also be missing for the next six weeks with a foot injury.

Norwich Judoka Drane named in Team GB's Paralympic squad

Jonathan Drane. Credit: PA

A Judoka from Norwich has been selected for Team GB's Paralympic squad.

Jonathan Drane is part of a four-man team that will travel to Rio for the games in September.

Drane previously fought for the GB sighted squad before he was diagnosed with a visual impairment.

“It’s a real honour to represent your country at the Paralympics and it’s pretty special to be celebrating my selection alongside some of the guys that I train alongside every day.

Injury has been a challenge but I’m back in training and am really focussed on making sure my rivals know they’re up against a truly formidable opponent in Rio.”

– Jonathan Drane

Pakistan fast bowler Riaz joins Essex for T20 campaign

Wahab Riaz in action for Surrey in last year's T20 Blast. Credit: PA

Essex have signed Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz for their Natwest T20 Blast campaign this summer.

The 30-year-old will play the first seven games of the competition, before he's replaced by New Zealand international Adam Milne.

Riaz regularly bowls at speeds of 90mph and is likely to be part of Pakistan's squad to face England this summer.

"We are pleased to have Wahab joining the squad for the first half of the NatWest T20 Blast season.

He will add a different dimension to our bowling attack, being a left armer and bowling with real pace."

– Chris Silverwood, Essex Head Coach
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