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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

Cambridge United complete double signing of Maris and Gregory

George Maris and David Gregory will be playing at the Abbey Stadium next season. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have completed the double signing of Barnsley midfielder George Maris and Crystal Palace goalkeeper David Gregory.

Both players have signed one-year contracts at the Abbey Stadium.

20-year-old Maris has recently spent time on loan at Conference side Lincoln City, while 21-year-old Gregory had a brief spell at Leyton Orient last season.

I’m aiming to get as many games as I can for this football club and help them to progress further up the league.

It is a big club for this level and is ambitious to push on not just this season but for a good few years.

– George Maris, Cambridge United

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Cambridge United to host Aston Villa in pre-season friendly

Jordan Ayew (right) and the rest of his Villa teammates are due to visit the Abbey Stadium on July 26. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have announced they will play Aston Villa in a pre-season friendly at the Abbey Stadium.

Villa will head to Cambridgeshire on Tuesday July 26, with the game kicking off at 7.30pm.

Villa endured a terrible season in The Premier League last season as they were relegated to The Championship with only 17 points.

Cambridge will also face Newmarket Town, St Neots Town, Lincoln City and Braintree Town as they prepare for a promotion push in League Two next season.

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Williamson agrees permanent Cambridge United stay

Ben Williamson (left) in action for previous club Port Vale. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have signed Gillingham striker Ben Williamson on a permanent deal.

The 27-year-old has been on loan at the Abbey Stadium since November, scoring three goals.

He has now agreed a contract that will run until the summer of 2017.

"I’m obviously delighted to make the stay permanent and when I came here on loan I really enjoyed my time.

I managed to play a lot of games, score some goals and now I’m happy that that we’ve managed to get the deal over the line.

As soon as I arrived through the door everyone at the club gave me a huge welcome including the manager who has had a big impact.”

– Ben Williamson, Cambridge United

Cambridge United land Dunne while Keane heads out on loan

James Dunne (left) in action for Portsmouth against Cambridge United. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have signed Portsmouth midfielder James Dunne on a deal until the end of the season.

The 26-year-old will have the option to earn a longer contract in the summer.

“I’m really glad to be joining Cambridge and helping them to push up the League.

Having played over 200 games in League One and League Two combined, means that I can add experience to the team and I’ll be looking to help the club achieve what they want to achieve.

I’m a player that likes to get up and down the pitch, enjoys a tackle and try to get the team playing when I’m on the ball."

– James Dunne, Cambridge United
Keith Keane will spend the next month at Stevenage. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Cambridge midfielder Keith Keane has joined Stevenage on a month's loan.

Cambridge United striker Gaffney in permanent Bristol Rovers move

Rory Gaffney has moved to Bristol Rovers. Credit: PA

Cambridge United striker Rory Gaffney has joined Bristol Rovers on a permanent deal.

The 26-year-old had an impressive loan spell with the Gas earlier this season, scoring five goals in seven matches.

“The intention of Rory moving to Bristol Rovers on loan was for him to return fitter, stronger and in a better frame of mind, solely focussed on the remainder of the season.

Sadly Rory came back wanting to move to Bristol Rovers and when a player makes that decision, we only want people here who want to play for this football club.

Everybody has to be 100% committed to what we want to achieve and with Rory saying he wanted to be elsewhere then our minds our made up.

We have been able to secure a deal with Bristol Rovers that is right for our football club.”

– Shaun Derry, Cambridge United manager

Cambridge United bring in QPR defender Furlong on loan

Darnell Furlong will spend the next month at Cambridge United. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have signed QPR defender Darnell Furlong on a month's loan.

The 20-year-old has already had a spell with Northampton Town this season, but will now play his football at the Abbey Stadium in January.

Furlong is the second defender to join Cambridge this month, with West Ham left-back Lewis Page joining on a similar deal over the weekend.

“We are pleased to confirm the loan signing of Darnell, who is a player that has already proven he can play at this level during his loan spell with Northampton Town.

He also adds the experience of playing at a higher level with QPR last season."

– Shaun Derry, Cambridge United manager

Meanwhile, Mickey Demetriou and Terry Kennedy have returned to their parent clubs after their loan spells ended.

Striker Rory Gaffney is back with the U's following his time on loan at Bristol Rovers.

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