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Norwich City striker Loza returns to Southend United on loan

Jamar Loza celebrates his only senior goal for Norwich City at Huddersfield Town last season. Credit: PA

Norwich City striker Jamar Loza has joined Southend United on loan until the end of the season.

Loza is no stranger to Roots Hall, having also spent time on loan there in 2014.

The deal includes the option for a permanent move in the summer.

"I've worked with Jamar before, he's a likeable guy. He comes in with a smile on his face, trains with a smile on his face and plays with a smile on his face.

He knows us well, we know him well, we know he's got pace and a eye for goal. He leads the line, he's gets in behind, and he's a threat with his goal prowess.

We thought it was a no brainer to bring in Jamar until the end of the season, it provides us an opportunity to know and understand the player even more whilst forming a basis for continuity once the loan period comes to an end with a view to a permanent deal at the end of it."

– Phil Brown, Southend United manager

MK Dons recall Baldock from Oxford United loan

George Baldock will return to MK Dons. Credit: PA

MK Dons have recalled George Baldock from his loan spell at League Two side Oxford United.

The 22-year-old has impressed during his time with the U's, and Dons manager Karl Robinson feels that he can have a similar impact at stadium:mk in the second half of the campaign.

Baldock will return to MK Dons following Oxford FA Cup clash with Blackburn Rovers this weekend.

“George has put in some fantastic performances for Oxford. He has gained a lot of credibility for those displays and the way he’s conducted himself with them.

Michael Appleton and his coaching staff have aided the development of George, who has been through a real transition over the last 18 months. He’s found a defined role and now his aim is to come back here and force his way into the team.

We want every player we feel can influence us during the run-in, here at stadium:mk. He’s one of our own and I know he will dedicate everything he’s got to helping us over these important months.”

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager

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Prosser in Northampton Town move while Pigott joins Luton Town

Luke Prosser lifts the League Two play-off trophy. Credit: PA

Southend United centre-back Luke Prosser has joined Northampton Town on loan until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old has been with the Shrimpers since 2010, but has found first team opportunities harded to come by this season in League One.

Prosser's contract at Roots Hall expires in the summer.

"I'm really pleased to bring Luke in.

I have been an admirer of his for a while and this is another signing that will strengthen us at a key time in the season.

As James Collins did, Luke also won promotion from this level last season, and that knowledge and experience can only help us.

We have a really hectic schedule coming up, and to be able to add Luke's ability, knowhow and experience to the squad is a big boost and a huge help to the players who are already here and have done so well to get us to the position we are in."

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager
Joe Pigott will spend the rest of the season at Luton Town. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, former Southend loan star Joe Pigott will spend the rest of the campaign at Luton Town.

Pigott has signed on loan from Charlton Athletic and helped Southend gain promotion from League Two last season.

“I’ve worked before Joe before. He’s an excellent young striker who has scored goals wherever he has been.

He’s been brought into the Club because he is the type of player we want here. He fits all of our criteria and adds competition to an area we are already very strong in."

– Nathan Jones, Luton Town manager

Elsewhere, Stevenage defender Jamie McCombe has left the club by mutual consent.

Essex sign New Zealand paceman Milne for T20 campaign

Adam Milne will join Essex in June. Credit: PA

Essex have signed New Zealand bowler Adam Milne for the second half of T20 Blast Group Stage campaign.

The 23-year-old has played 14 T20 internationals for his country and is known for his pace.

He will join up with the Eagles in June and will feature in seven games in total.

"I'm extremely excited to have the opportunity to join Essex and help contribute to a successful Natwest T20 Blast.

Essex is a club with such a fantastic history and I look forward to wearing the Eagles logo with pride and making an impact to help bring the T20 Blast silverware to Chelmsford."

– Adam Milne, Essex Eagles

Arrest made in Northampton Town loan investigation

A 45-year-old man is helping with inquiries in relation to the investigation into the use of funds loaned to Northampton Town FC by Northampton Borough Council. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northamptonshire Police have confirmed a 45-year-old man is helping with inquiries in relation to the investigation into the use of funds loaned to Northampton Town FC by Northampton Borough Council.

The man was arrested by detectives at an address in Northamptonshire on Monday morning. He has been released on conditional bail.

“This remains a very complex investigation and, as such, it would be inappropriate for us to make any further comment at this time.”

– DCI Paul Spicer, Northamptonshire Police

Northampton Borough Council loaned the League Two club £10.25million to complete a stadium development in 2013.

The proposed work was never completed and, in November 2015, police launched an investigation into "alleged financial irregularities".

Despite numerous off-field problems this season, the Cobblers are top of the table after 27 games.

Hartley's aggression praised as he's confirmed as England captain

Dylan Hartley's confirmed as England captain Credit: PA

Northampton Saints' Dylan Hartley has been confirmed as England captain for the RBS 6 Nations.

Hartley has led the team on one previous occasion - against South Africa in 2012 - and replaces Chris Robshaw at the helm despite missing over a year of his career for disciplinary reasons.<

"Dylan is an honest, hardworking bloke and I admire his aggressive and uncompromising approach to playing rugby,"

– England head coach Eddie Jones
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