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Grigg: MK Dons move was a "no-brainer"

Will Grigg celebrates scorning for Brentford.
Will Grigg celebrates scorning for Brentford. Credit: PA

New MK Dons striker Will Grigg says he turned down other offers in favour of sealing a move to stadium:mk.

The Northern Ireland international joined Karl Robinson's side on a season-long loan deal from Brentford last week.

Grigg in the goals

  • Grigg scored four goals for Brentford last season as they gained promotion to The Championship.
  • He hit 20 goals for Walsall in 2012/13, which prompted Brentford to pay over £300,000 to land the striker.

Several other clubs were interested in landing the 23-year-old, but Grigg told the MK Dons official website that he had his heart set on a move to Buckinghamshire.

“When I was away before pre-season I heard there was a bit of interest and when it came about it was something I was really keen to do. As soon as the ball got rolling both parties were confident they could make it work and it’s just nice to be here now.

There we a few choices but the style of football here suits me, it’s a similar formation to Brentford and Walsall so it’s a good fit for me personally. I know the Gaffer’s wanted me for quite a while so it was really a no-brainer. There was other clubs but this is the perfect fit."

– Will Grigg
Dele Alli (left) is said to be interesting Liverpool.
Dele Alli (left) is said to be interesting Liverpool. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, The Daily Express claims that two of the Dons' brightest young talents could be heading for big-money Premier League moves.

The paper says that defender Brendan Galloway is destined to join Everton, while Liverpool are interested in midfielder Dele Alli.

Read more: Grigg joins Dons on loan

Could the end be nigh for Alastair Cook after yet another failure with the bat?

Alastair Cook cut a dejected figure after his dismissal against India.
Alastair Cook cut a dejected figure after his dismissal against India. Credit: PA

Alastair Cook's future as England captain could be in doubt after the Essex star failed once again with the bat.

The 29-year-old could only manage 22 in his second innings against India, to follow-up a score of 10 in his first knock.

It means that Cook now hasn't hit a century in 27 test innings, and his captaincy credentials have also come into question.

India celebrate as Alastair Cook heads for the pavilion.
India celebrate as Alastair Cook heads for the pavilion. Credit: PA

Cook's woes with the bat

  • Cook's last century was against New Zealand in May 2013. He hit 130 at Headingley.
  • Since then, he's averaged just over 24.

With England on 105-4 going into the final day at Lord's, and chasing an unlikely target of 319 to win, a ninth consecutive test without a win looks a real possibility.

Many pundits now think that enough in enough, including former skipper Michael Vaughan who told The Telegraph that taking the captaincy away from Cook could help to revitalise his career.

"We have reached the stage with Cook when he cannot be enjoying cricket. You don’t when you are not playing well and the team is struggling.

It is easy for the England and Wales Cricket Board to say it is going to stick by him but it has to ask what is best for the team and for Cook.

The ECB has a responsibility to Cook the person to do the right thing and if that means taking the captaincy away then so be it."

– Michael Vaughan

Cook can only sit and hope that the rest of the England batsmen can get him out of jail today, but anything less than a win would surely lead to serious questions about his fate.

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Ipswich Town land Notts County keeper Bialkowski

Bartosz Bialkowski will compete with Dean Gerken for the number one spot.
Bartosz Bialkowski will compete with Dean Gerken for the number one spot. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have signed Notts County goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski for an undisclosed fee.

The Polish stopper has agreed a two-year deal at Portman Road, with the option of a further 12 months.

Bialkowski will compete with Dean Gerken for the number one spot, and will help fill the void left by Scott Loach who joined Rotherham United earlier this summer.

“I’m really happy to be an Ipswich Town player,” he told the club's official website.

“It’s been going on for a while and when that happens, you can get worried sometimes but I was always confident it would get done.

As soon as I heard they (Ipswich) definitely wanted me, my mind was made up straightaway.”

Horses will race again at Gt Leighs

Horses preparing to race at Gt Leighs
Horses preparing to race at Gt Leighs Credit: ITV News Anglia

Horse racing looks set to resume at Great Leighs in Essex.

The track first opened in 2008 but has been closed for a number of years. It now has new owners and is going to be renamed Chelmsford City Racecourse.

The course will host 12 races next year
The course will host 12 races next year Credit: ITV News Anglia

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Joe Royle leaves Norwich City role, and Leroy Fer could also be heading for the exit door

Joe Royle has left Norwich City.
Joe Royle has left Norwich City. Credit: PA

Norwich City's football consultant has left the club - just a month into his new role.

Ex Ipswich boss Joe Royle only joined the Canaries backroom team in June, but he's tonight been handed a role at Premier League side Everton.

He'll help to develop young players at Goodison Park.

Leroy Fer (centre) could also be heading for the exit door.
Leroy Fer (centre) could also be heading for the exit door. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Canaries midfielder Leroy Fer could also be on his way according to reports in Holland.

The 24-year-old has been strongly linked with a £4.8million move to newly-promoted QPR in the dutch press.

In terms of arrivals, Norwich have welcomed former Tottenham Hotspur favourite Tony Parks to the club today as their new goalkeeping coach.

Girls from St Ivo School crowned national Under 12's champions

Girls from St Ivo School in Huntingdon crowned national Under 12's champions.

Girls from St Ivo School in Huntingdon have just been crowned the national Under 12's champions after winning the final 2-0 at Bisham Abbey.

It's the first time the competition has been run. The youngsters battled through eight rounds to eventually reach the final against Grey Coat Hospital School from West London.

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