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Colchester sign midfielder Doug Loft

Colchester United have confirmed the signing of Doug Loft. Credit: PA

Colchester United have confirmed the signing of midfielder Doug Loft from Gillingham.

Doug joins the U's with experience of playing in League One and League Two. His former clubs include Brighton and Hove, Port Vale and his most recent club Gillingham, where he made 72 appearances in two seasons.

Highly-rated Forrester signs new Peterborough United deal

Chris Forrester is staying at Peterborough United. Credit: PA

Highly-rated Peterborough United midfielder Chris Forrester has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

A number of Premier League and Championship teams have taken an interest in the talented Irishman who joined Posh from St Patrick's Athletic.

Forrester was made captain of the club earlier this week in a bid to keep him at the ABAX Stadium.

I took a punt on Chris last year and he took a punt on coming over because he took a pay cut when he came over, but I promised him that if he had a good season then we would look at his contract again.

I get on well with his agent and we have been working on the deal in the last few days and it was easy to get it done. He is one of our most coveted assets at the football club.

Chris has been excellent for us, the gaffer has named him captain of the club and him agreeing a new deal sends a real statement out there.

– Darragh MacAnthony, Peterborough United chairman

Meanwhile, Stevenage midfielder Dean Parrett has joined League One side AFC Wimbledon.


Norwich City miss out on signing of reported target Fletcher

Steven Fletcher has joined Sheffield Wednesday. Credit: PA

Norwich City have missed out on the signing of reported target Steven Fletcher.

According to several national newspapers, the Canaries were keen to land the Scottish international who was released by Sunderland at the end of last season.

However, the 29-year-old has agreed to join fellow Championship side Sheffield Wednesday instead who also boast former Norwich striker Gary Hooper among their ranks.

Norwich are yet to make a signing since their relegation from the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Colchester United have signed former Gillingham captain Doug Loft on a two-year deal.

Promising striker Stevens joins Peterborough United

Stevens has made the move to the ABAX Stadium. Credit: PA

Peterborough United have signed promising striker Matt Stevens from League Two side Barnet.

The 18-year-old has been linked with a number of clubs, including Scottish giants Rangers, after scoring 56 goals for the Bees at academy and first team level last season.

The transfer fee will be determined at a tribunal.

Stevens has agreed a three-year contract at the ABAX Stadium.

I enjoyed my time at Barnet, but when I heard about the interest from Peterborough, it was a move that really excited me. I feel I was ready for the next chapter in my career and I can't wait to get started.

I put pressure on myself to score goals and I will be doing everything I can to impress the management during pre-season. I know there are a lot of good strikers here and I will need to work hard in training to show everyone what I can do.

– Matt Stevens, Peterborough United

MK Dons defender Hodson completes move to Scottish giants

Lee Hodson is heading to Rangers. Credit: PA

MK Dons defender Lee Hodson has completed his move to Scottish giants Rangers.

The right-back has moved to Glasgow for an undisclosed fee after impressing during a successful loan spell at Kilmarnock last season.

24-year-old Hodson helped the Dons gain promotion to The Championship back in 2015.

He has signed a three-year deal at Ibrox.

It’s amazing, an opportunity to come to such a massive club is a dream come true.

From the day I heard that there was an opportunity to come here my mind was made up and I couldn’t be more excited at the moment.

I cant wait to get started and meet all the lads.

– Lee Hodson, Rangers

Meanwhile, Colchester United have signed former Gillingham winger Brennan Dickenson on a free transfer.


Colchester United seal deals for Championship duo

Denny Johnstone has made the move to Colchester United. Credit: PA

Colchester United have signed Birmingham City striker Denny Johnstone and Brentford winger Courtney Senior.

21-year-old Johnstone joins for an undisclosed fee and impressed while on loan at Scottish Championship side Morton last season.

Senior has agreed a free transfer and was out on loan at Wycombe during the last campaign.

Both players have signed two-year contracts at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Meanwhile, MK Dons have completed the signing of George Williams who has been released by Barnsley.

Norwich City First Team Coach Holt leaves Carrow Road

Gary Holt is leaving Carrow Road. Credit: PA

Norwich City First Team Coach Gary Holt has left the club by mutual consent.

The Scot has had various spells at Carrow Road as a player and a coach but has now decided to seek pastures new.

Holt previously managed Falkirk before returning to Norwich in 2014 as part of Neil Adams' coaching staff.

I’ve had some great and memorable times at Norwich City both as a player and as a member of the coaching staff.

Now the time is right for me to seek a fresh challenge as a Head Coach or Manager and I want to thank everyone at the Club and the fans for their support for me over the years.

– Gary Holt

Peterborough United goalkeeper Alnwick signs new deal

Ben Alnwick is staying at Posh. Credit: PA

Peterborough United goalkeeper Ben Alnwick has signed a new three-year contract with the club.

The 29-year-old joined Posh in 2014 and has gone on to make 80 appearances for the club.

Alnwick has previously played for the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland and Norwich City.

I am delighted. He is one of the best keepers in the league in my opinion and I am pleased he has signed for the next three years.

He has come back in great shape, he is trim, looking ready to go and I am really happy that we have been able to get this done.

– Grant McCann, Peterborough United Manager

Ipswich Town complete permanent Digby deal

Barnsley's Paul Digby has agreed a permanent move to Ipswich Town. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have signed promising Barnsley defender Paul Digby on a permanent deal.

The 21-year-old joined Mick McCarthy's side on loan in January and made a good impression despite his time at Portman Road being disrupted by injury.

Digby has agreed a one-year deal in Suffolk, with the option of a further 12 months.

He moves on a free transfer and is Ipswich's second capture of the summer following the signing of Adam Webster from Portsmouth.

I’m really excited because I had a great time here before.

In finishing seventh we were a bit disappointed more than anything. I think a lot of teams would have been happy being that high up the table but we weren’t really satisfied with it.

I think we can push on this season so I’m really looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead.

I was always going to come back and there was never any doubts about that, so it was just about having my holidays and coming back to sign.

– Paul Digby, Ipswich Town
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