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MK Dons star Powell agrees new deal

Daniel Powell in action for MK Dons. Credit: PA

MK Dons winger Daniel Powell has agreed a new two-year contract with the club.

His new contract will keep him at stadium:mk until June 2017.

The 24-year-old came through the Dons' academy and scored 10 goals last season as Karl Robinson's side were promoted to The Championship.

“It’s been the perfect year for me.

It’s been a project of the Club’s to get into the Championship and now hopefully I’ll be able to enjoy two more years of playing at that level, if not higher.

I’ve been here since I was 14, so it’s been a while now. I’ve seen the club grow and grow and to be a part of that is a great privilege.”

– Daniel Powell, MK Dons


New Ipswich Town recruit Maitland-Niles ready for Championship challenge

Ainsley Maitland-Niles makes his Premier League debut against Newcastle United. Credit: PA

Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles says that he's ready to play in The Championship after sealing a season-long loan move to Ipswich Town.

The 17-year-old winger will remain at Portman Road for the entirety of next season, with Arsenal not having the option to recall him.

“It’s been a long wait to get the deal done but I’m here now and I’m ready to work.

Arsenal want me to get a bit of experience under my belt and I’m happy to do that. I’m still young and there’s plenty of time for me to develop.

The Championship is a tough league but one I feel ready to perform in. The lads have really made me feel welcome here, they are wonderful.

You can tell there’s a good group here and they’ve helped me settle in really well. I’m ready to work hard in pre-season now and hopefully hit the ground running ahead of the new season.”

– Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Ipswich Town

Arsenal youngster Maitland-Niles heads to Ipswich Town on loan

Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have agreed a deal to sign young Arsenal winger Ainsley Maitland-Niles on a season-long loan.

The 17-year-old featured for the Gunners in the Champions League and Premier League last season.

Maitland-Niles joins Brett Pitman and Ryan Fraser in making the move to Portman Road.


Southend United midfielder Timlin pens new deal

Michael Timlin. Credit: PA

Southend United midfielder Michael Timlin has signed a new two-year contract with the club.

The 30-year-old has played over 150 games for the Shrimpers since joining from Swindon Town.

Timlin helped Southend gain promotion to League One last season.

"I'm looking forward to next season with the exciting signings the gaffer wants to make to add to an already strong squad. I was fortunate to have the most interest I've ever had. The clubs interested in me got into double figures but I said to my agent to let me enjoy my break and to get things done when I returned.

I had a great two weeks off then I sat down with my agent.”

– Michael Timlin, Southend United
David Mooney in action for Leyton Orient. Credit: PA

Southend United have also sealed a deal to bring former Colchester United and Norwich City striker David Mooney to the club on a free transfer.

The Irishman has agreed a two-year contract at Roots Hall.

McCourt and Okuonghae sign for Luton Town, while Cullen departs

Paddy McCourt in action for Celtic. Credit: PA

Luton Town have completed the double signing of winger Paddy McCourt and defender Magnus Okuonghae.

Former Celtic man McCourt, who has 14 caps for Northern Ireland, has penned a two-year contract while ex Colchester United captain Okuonghae has agreed a similar deal.

Magnus Okuonghae left Colchester United in the summer. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, striker Mark Cullen has left the club.

The 23-year-old has joined League One side Blackpool for £180,000.

"Mark was part of our squad that got us promoted back to the Football League – that is something we’ll never forget – and last season he was our leading goalscorer.

However, Mark made it obvious that he wanted to move back up north to be closer to his home."

– John Still, Luton Town Manager

Essex County Council launch bid to bring Giro d'italia to the county

Fabio Aru celebrates winning a stage in this year's Giro d'Italia. Credit: PA

Another major cycle race could be coming to our region if Essex County Council get their way.

Following on from hosting last year's Tour de France in the county, the council is now keen to bring a stage of the Giro d'Italia to Essex.

The Giro is one of the three Grand Tours with the Spanish Vuelta being the other.

“This is part of an on-going wider debate and builds upon the success of the recent Women’s Tour, Tour de France and the recently launched Hadleigh Park, ensuring Essex continues to build on this momentum."

– Essex County Council statement
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