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Norwich City to reveal new home kit in first week of July

Norwich City will reveal their new home kit for next season's Championship campaign on Friday July 1.

The Canaries have released a short teaser video featuring last season's Player of the Year Jonny Howson.

The club are expected to go back to their traditional predominantly yellow kit after they sported a half and half design in the Premier League last season.

The new strip will be worn for the first time against Blackburn Rovers on August 6.

Luton Town to host Aston Villa in first round of EFL Cup

Luton Town will welcome Aston Villa to Kenilworth Road. Credit: PA

Luton Town have been handed a home tie against recently relegated Aston Villa in the first round of the League Cup.

Villa will visit Kenilworth Road on the week commencing August 8.

There's also a plum tie for Cambridge United who will host last season's Championship play-off finalists Sheffield Wednesday.

Ipswich Town take on Stevenage at Portman Road for the second year running, while Northampton Town travel to Barnsley.

Colchester United are on the road at Brighton and Hove Albion, but Southend United and Peterborough United have home ties against Gillingham and AFC Wimbledon respectively.

MK Dons travel to Newport County.

Norwich City will enter the competition at the next stage.

  • Barnsley v Northampton Town
  • Brighton and Hove Albion v Colchester United
  • Cambridge United v Sheffield Wednesday
  • Ipswich Town v Stevenage
  • Luton Town v Aston Villa
  • Newport County v MK Dons
  • Peterborough United v AFC Wimbledon
  • Southend United v Gillingham

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East Anglian derby scheduled for opening month of the season

Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town will host Alex Neil's Norwich City on August 20. Credit: PA

Relegated Norwich City will begin their Championship campaign away at Blackburn Rovers.

The Canaries will head to Ewood Park on August 6, before facing Sheffield Wednesday at Carrow Road a week later.

Ipswich Town start with a home game against newly promoted Barnsley, while their first away fixture is at Brentford.

Fans of both clubs won't have to wait long for the first East Anglian derby of the season, with the first game at Portman Road scheduled for August 20.

A complete fixture guide will be published on our website shortly

Colchester United dealt another blow as Gilbey joins Wigan Athletic

Alex Gilbey (right) has joined Wigan Athletic. Credit: PA

Promising Colchester United midfielder Alex Gilbey has joined League One champions Wigan Athletic after rejecting a new contract at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

The 21-year-old is the second high profile departure of the day following confirmation of George Moncur's move to Barnsley.

Gilbey was one the shining lights for the U's last season despite their relegation to League Two.

Colchester will be entitled to a compensation fee for Gilbey who has agreed a three-year deal at the DW Stadium.

Alex was one of the outstanding young talents in League One last season, and we believe the next stage of his career can be fulfilled here.

He’s exactly the sort of player and person who suits this club and we’re delighted to add him to the group for pre-season.

He scored an excellent goal against us at Colchester last season and he was a standout player on the day, making him an excellent addition.

– Gary Caldwell, Wigan Athletic manager

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Cornell joins Northampton Town as Clarke heads for exit

David Cornell (left) has joined Northampton Town, but Ryan Clarke is heading to AFC Wimbledon. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed former Swansea City goalkeeper David Cornell on a free transfer.

The 25-year-old Welshman has agreed a two-year at Sixfields.

Cornell has been a free agent since he was released by Oldham Athletic earlier this summer.

He will now compete with Adam Smith for the number one jersey.

David is a good signing for us.

He will come in to challenge and compete with Adam Smith and he has knowledge and experience of playing at this level.

He has a good pedigree and I'm sure he will fit in well in the dressing room.

I think he was unfortunate to have been released by Oldham but hopefully their loss can be our gain.

– Rob Page, Northampton Town manager

Meanwhile, veteran 'keeper Ryan Clarke has left Northampton to join fellow League One side AFC Wimbledon.

Sammie Szmodics signs new deal with Colchester

Sammie Szmodics' new contract starts on 1 July Credit: Colchester United

Colchester United forward Sammie Szmodics has signed a new three-year contract with the League Two club.

The 20-year-old has played 54 times for the U's since coming through their academy.

He'll remain with the club until at least the summer of 2019.

Szmodics missed half of last season after a foot injury, but says he is looking forward to getting back onto the pitch.

It was so frustrating last season, not being able to get out on the pitch and having to watch us battle against relegation from the stands.

Missing so many games has made me really hungry for football and I can't wait until we get started again at the end of the month.

Being offered a new contract when I have missed half a season shows that the club has faith in me and I'm really grateful and can't wait to repay that faith.

– Sammie Szmodics
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