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QPR winger joins Colchester United on loan

The Dublin-born player spent the second half of last term on loan at League Two side Port Vale Credit: www.cu-fc.com

League Two Colchester United have signed winger Olamide Shodipo on loan from Queens Park Rangers until the end of the season.

Olamide came through the ranks at Loftus Road and made his senior debut last season, in their 3-0 win over Leeds.

The 20-year-old has also featured for Republic of Ireland's U19s and U21s.

Olamide could feature in the U's squad for the weekend game against Newport County.

Colchester have also signed Doncaster Rovers striker Liam Mandeville and Wolves midfielder Ben Stevenson on loan deals until the end of the season.

Stevenson, 20, joined Wolves from Coventry City earlier in the day.

The U's have managed to complete a permanent deal too, with Charlton Athletic defender Aaron Barnes agreeing to move to Essex.

Meanwhile, defender Lewis Kinsella had his contract cancelled by mutual consent.

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Frankie Kent: Colchester United defender pens new deal

Frankie Kent is staying at Colchester United. Credit: PA

Colchester United defender Frankie Kent has signed a new contract with the club.

The 21-year-old made his debut for the U's in 2014 and has gone on to make more than 60 appearances in the first team.

Kent's fresh deal will run until the the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

"Frankie has progressed well over the last couple of years since breaking through as a teenager and he is now one of the first choices within the team," Director of Football Tony Humes said.

"His development and progress during his time in the first team has been down to his hard work and determination, alongside his undoubted natural talent.

"It's been no surprise that his displays have attracted interest, with clubs at a higher level coming to watch him at games.

"With that in mind, it's great that he's agreed to sign this new deal and we are confident that he will continue to make big strides and prove that he can play at a higher level in the future."

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Aaron Pierre: Northampton Town sign centre-back

Aaron Pierre has moved to Northampton Town. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed former Wycombe Wanderers centre-back Aaron Pierre on a three-year deal.

The 24-year-old Grenada international was recently on trial with Championship side Bristol City and had attracted interest from a number of other clubs.

He was a offered a new contract at Wycombe but chose to pursue a move elsewhere.

He has always impressed me when we have played against him. He is a threat at set plays and a presence in both penalty areas and his arrival creates some excellent competition among the four central defenders we have in the squad.

I know Wycombe were very keen to keep him and he has had interest from clubs in the Championship. He is an ambitious player but I think he has been attracted by the work we have done and are continuing to do and our ambition to take the club forward and he wants to be part of that.

– Justin Edinburgh, Northampton Town manager

Meanwhile, Colchester United have signed French striker Mikael Mandron from Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

Steven Taylor: No Ipswich Town deal for defender

Steven Taylor will have to find a new club. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have confirmed that defender Steven Taylor won't be offered a new contract at Portman Road.

The former Newcastle United centre-back joined on a short-term deal in January and was given the chance to extend his stay.

However, Town have decided against the move because they feel they've got another cover at the back.

We have brought in Jordan Spence and Dominic Iorfa in recent weeks to add to what we already have at the back.

Both Jordan and Dominic are very versatile players that can cover full-back and centre-back positions and we have good competition for places at the back now so we won’t be doing anything with Tayls.

He’s a great pro and he will do a good job for someone. We wish him well.

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager

Meanwhile, Colchester United have re-signed defender Cole Kpekawa from Barnsley.

The 21-year-old enjoyed a loan spell with the U's in 2014, and has now agreed a permanent contract.

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