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Luton Town midfielder Rooney leaves Kenilworth Road

Luke Rooney is heading for the exit door. Credit: PA

Luton Town midfielder Luke Rooney has left the club, after both parties agreed to cancel his contract.

The 24-year-old featured prominently at the start of this season, but has seen his chances limited recently after struggling to recover from a hernia operation.

"Luke hasn’t featured so much recently after coming back to fitness following a hernia operation, so with that in mind we came to a decision to allow him to pursue a club elsewhere.

Luke did a good job for us, especially early in the season, which helped us pick up form on our return to the Football League – and for that we are grateful. I wish him all the best of luck.”

– John Still, Luton Town Manager

Ipswich Town loanee Varney to remain at Portman Road until the end of the season

Luke Varney will stay at Ipswich until the end of the season. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have extended the loan deal of Blackburn Rovers forward Luke Varney until the end of the season.

The 32-year-old initially joined on a month's loan, but Town had the option to extend that deal if they wanted to.

Varney will now stay at Portman Road until May 2, with an option also in place to cover the play-offs - should Ipswich make it.

Richard Chaplow is also staying put. Credit: PA

Town have also extended the loan of midfielder Richard Chaplow.

Again, he will stay until the end of the season.

Chaplow scored the winner in Ipswich's 1-0 win at Watford on Saturday (21 March).

Christophe Berra scored Scotland's winner last night. Credit: PA

In other news, defender Elliott Hewitt has been recalled from his loan spell at Colchester United to help cover for the suspension of Tyrone Mings and an injury to Jonny Parr.

Elsewhere, Ipswich defender Christophe Berra scored the winning goal for Scotland last night in their 1-0 triumph over Northern Ireland at Hampden Park.


Luton Town extend loan of West Ham striker Lee

Elliot Lee is staying at Luton Town. Credit: PA

Luton Town have extended the loan of West Ham striker Elliot Lee until the end of the season.

Lee scored both goals in last night's 3-2 defeat to Wycombe, meaning he's now scored three times in total for the Hatters.

West Ham will be able to recall the 20-year-old at any stage, as long as they give 24 hours notice.

“Elliot’s been fantastic for us since joining and we’re thrilled we’ll have him for the rest of this season. He was superb against Wycombe and was dreadfully unlucky against Newport. He’s getting fitter all the time and I think that sharpness has been there for all to see in our past two matches.”

– John Still, Luton Town Manager

Reports: Norwich City set to miss out on the loan signing of Arsenal star Akpom

Chuba Akpom looks destined to join Nottingham Forest. Credit: PA

Norwich City are reportedly set to miss out on the loan signing of highly rated Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom.

According to the Daily Mirror, the 19-year-old will join Nottingham Forest instead because Gunners boss Arsène Wenger believes that the youngster will get more first team action at the City Ground.

It had looked as though Norwich were the favourites to land Akpom after he apparently held talks with the club over the weekend.

The news would come as a blow for the Canaries who are looking for extra firepower to cover for the loss of injured forward Lewis Grabban ahead of tomorrow's loan deadline.


Clarke Carlisle in court over failing to provide breath test

The former Northampton Town defender Clarke Carlisle is due in court today, charged with failing to provide a breath sample after being pulled over by police in December last year.

Clarke Carlisle Credit: PA Images

The incident came just days before the 35-year-old attempted suicide by throwing himself in front of a lorry in North Yorkshire.

The former chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association has been in the news since the incident speaking about his battle with depression.

Thousands sign up to new Norwich road race

Thousands sign up to new road race in Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

The organisers of a new road race in Norwich say thousands of people have signed up so far.

The Run Norwich 10k event was announced earlier this month.

It'll take place in August, with a route that takes in landmarks like Norwich cathedral, carrow road and Dragon Hall.

Newmarket's horse racing industry welcomes plans to change betting laws

The horse racing industry in Newmarket has welcomed new proposals to change betting laws announced in George Osborne's budget.

Currently if bets are placed online, bookmakers who operate abroad don't have to pay anything to the racing industry.

But new laws proposed by the Chancellor could change that, meaning more money will go into the racing infrastructure. And that could mean more jobs here in our region.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

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