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New Ipswich Town recruit Maitland-Niles ready for Championship challenge

Ainsley Maitland-Niles makes his Premier League debut against Newcastle United. Credit: PA

Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles says that he's ready to play in The Championship after sealing a season-long loan move to Ipswich Town.

The 17-year-old winger will remain at Portman Road for the entirety of next season, with Arsenal not having the option to recall him.

“It’s been a long wait to get the deal done but I’m here now and I’m ready to work.

Arsenal want me to get a bit of experience under my belt and I’m happy to do that. I’m still young and there’s plenty of time for me to develop.

The Championship is a tough league but one I feel ready to perform in. The lads have really made me feel welcome here, they are wonderful.

You can tell there’s a good group here and they’ve helped me settle in really well. I’m ready to work hard in pre-season now and hopefully hit the ground running ahead of the new season.”

– Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Ipswich Town

Arsenal youngster Maitland-Niles heads to Ipswich Town on loan

Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have agreed a deal to sign young Arsenal winger Ainsley Maitland-Niles on a season-long loan.

The 17-year-old featured for the Gunners in the Champions League and Premier League last season.

Maitland-Niles joins Brett Pitman and Ryan Fraser in making the move to Portman Road.


Southend United midfielder Timlin pens new deal

Michael Timlin. Credit: PA

Southend United midfielder Michael Timlin has signed a new two-year contract with the club.

The 30-year-old has played over 150 games for the Shrimpers since joining from Swindon Town.

Timlin helped Southend gain promotion to League One last season.

"I'm looking forward to next season with the exciting signings the gaffer wants to make to add to an already strong squad. I was fortunate to have the most interest I've ever had. The clubs interested in me got into double figures but I said to my agent to let me enjoy my break and to get things done when I returned.

I had a great two weeks off then I sat down with my agent.”

– Michael Timlin, Southend United
David Mooney in action for Leyton Orient. Credit: PA

Southend United have also sealed a deal to bring former Colchester United and Norwich City striker David Mooney to the club on a free transfer.

The Irishman has agreed a two-year contract at Roots Hall.

McCourt and Okuonghae sign for Luton Town, while Cullen departs

Paddy McCourt in action for Celtic. Credit: PA

Luton Town have completed the double signing of winger Paddy McCourt and defender Magnus Okuonghae.

Former Celtic man McCourt, who has 14 caps for Northern Ireland, has penned a two-year contract while ex Colchester United captain Okuonghae has agreed a similar deal.

Magnus Okuonghae left Colchester United in the summer. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, striker Mark Cullen has left the club.

The 23-year-old has joined League One side Blackpool for £180,000.

"Mark was part of our squad that got us promoted back to the Football League – that is something we’ll never forget – and last season he was our leading goalscorer.

However, Mark made it obvious that he wanted to move back up north to be closer to his home."

– John Still, Luton Town Manager


Norwich City reveal new kit ahead of Premier League return

Norwich City have unveiled their new kit ahead of their return to the Premier League.

The strip has been specially designed to reflect the 80th anniversary of the Canaries playing at Carrow Road.

“I’m really pleased with this year’s home kit as we enter the 2015-16 Premier League season.

Our retail team has married the club’s history with modernisation creating a kit that I believe our fans will love.”

– David McNally, Norwich City Chief Executive

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MK Dons complete triple swoop ahead of Championship debut

Simon Church in action for Charlton against Bournemouth last season. Credit: PA

MK Dons have completed the triple signing of striker Simon Church, goalkeeper Cody Cropper and winger Dale Jennings.

Welsh international Church moves to stadium:mk on a two-year deal after leaving fellow Championship side Charlton Athletic.

Dale Jennings is back at MK Dons. Credit: PA

He'll be joined by American stopper Cropper and former Bayern Munich man Jennings, who have both agreed one-year contracts - with the option of a further 12 months.

Jennings is no stranger to the Dons, having spent time on loan at the club in 2013, while Cropper was recently released by Southampton.

“I’m excited to have them on board. They will all bring different attributes to the group.

Cody has got tremendous potential and he fits the type of the person we want around the place. He’s a good size, got a great work ethic and wants to learn.

This is an opportunity for Dale, who knows he’s got work to do, but we all saw last time what he can do – he lifted the team and contributed to some good results.

Churchy is a really top lad, a good player and can score goals. He will add tremendous quality to our team.”

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager

New Luton Town signing McQuoid targets promotion

Josh McQuoid in action for Coventry City. Credit: PA

Luton Town have signed former Bournemouth striker Josh McQuoid on a three-year deal.

The 25-year-old left the Cherries following their promotion to the Premier League.

McQuoid has five caps for Northern Ireland and becomes the Hatters' sixth signing of the summer.

Josh McQuoid is targeting promotion to League One. Credit: PA

“The size of the club and the support was a major factor in signing but I want to achieve something here.

I could tell from the first meeting with the manager that this was a club that wanted to go places and I didn’t want to sign for a mediocre club happy just to sit in the middle of the league.

I’ve come here to do well and help this club win promotion.”

– Josh McQuoid, Luton Town
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