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Luton Town secure deal for highly-rated keeper Walton

Christian Walton will spend next season at Kenilworth Road. Credit: PA

Luton Town have signed highly-rated Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper Christian Walton on a season-long loan deal.

The 20-year-old had spells at Plymouth Argyle and Bury last season and has represented England at various youth levels.

Walton worked with Hatters boss Nathan Jones at Brighton and will be reunited with him again at Kenilworth Road.

I am delighted to have signed a player of Christian’s quality and pedigree.

I worked close to him at Brighton and I know he has the potential to be a top keeper. It is a real coup for us as he had many options, but he's chosen us as he believes in what we do.

I’d like to thank Brighton for their co-operation and desire to get this deal done. We feel we've added real quality this summer, and Christian is another hand-picked piece in our jigsaw.

– Nathan Jones, Luton Town manager

Zakuani and McCourt make Northampton Town moves

Gaby Zakuani (left) and Jak McCourt have both made the move to Sixfields. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed former Peterborough United defender Gaby Zakuani on a free transfer.

The Congolese international made more than 200 appearances for Posh but was released this summer.

30-year-old Zakuani has agreed a one-year contract at Sixfields.

Gaby is a huge character and is an excellent addition.

He will be a big presence, not just on the pitch but in the dressing room as well and will be perfect for some of the younger members of the squad to look up to and learn from.

He has given fine service to the clubs he has represented and I'm sure he will do the same for Northampton Town.

– Rob Page, Northampton Town manager

The Cobblers have also brought in ex-Barnsley midfielder Jak McCourt who was released following the Tykes' promotion to The Championship.

McCourt had a spell on loan at Port Vale under Rob Page's management last year.

He has agreed a two-year deal.


Norwich's Hoolahan speaks about Ireland triumph

Wes Hoolahan celebrating Ireland's win over Italy last night (22 June) Credit: PA

Norwich City and Ireland midfielder Wes Hoolahan has been speaking to ITV News Anglia about his nation's triumph over Italy which secured their place into the final 16 of Euro 2016 last night (22 June).

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Hero Robbie Brady sends Republic of Ireland through to Euro last 16

Republic of Ireland's Robbie Brady celebrates scoring Credit: PA

Norwich City's Robbie Brady was the hero as the Republic of Ireland beat Italy 1-0 to reach the knockout stages of Euro 2016.

The Canaries winger headed home Wes Hoolahan's cross in the closing stages in Lille, to send his team through to the last 16.

Ipswich Town's Daryl Murphy started the game but was substituted in the second half.

Ireland will play France in the next round on Sunday.

Norwich City to reveal new home kit in first week of July

Norwich City will reveal their new home kit for next season's Championship campaign on Friday July 1.

The Canaries have released a short teaser video featuring last season's Player of the Year Jonny Howson.

The club are expected to go back to their traditional predominantly yellow kit after they sported a half and half design in the Premier League last season.

The new strip will be worn for the first time against Blackburn Rovers on August 6.


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

East Anglian derby scheduled for opening month of the season

Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town will host Alex Neil's Norwich City on August 20. Credit: PA

Relegated Norwich City will begin their Championship campaign away at Blackburn Rovers.

The Canaries will head to Ewood Park on August 6, before facing Sheffield Wednesday at Carrow Road a week later.

Ipswich Town start with a home game against newly promoted Barnsley, while their first away fixture is at Brentford.

Fans of both clubs won't have to wait long for the first East Anglian derby of the season, with the first game at Portman Road scheduled for August 20.

A complete fixture guide will be published on our website shortly

Colchester United dealt another blow as Gilbey joins Wigan Athletic

Alex Gilbey (right) has joined Wigan Athletic. Credit: PA

Promising Colchester United midfielder Alex Gilbey has joined League One champions Wigan Athletic after rejecting a new contract at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

The 21-year-old is the second high profile departure of the day following confirmation of George Moncur's move to Barnsley.

Gilbey was one the shining lights for the U's last season despite their relegation to League Two.

Colchester will be entitled to a compensation fee for Gilbey who has agreed a three-year deal at the DW Stadium.

Alex was one of the outstanding young talents in League One last season, and we believe the next stage of his career can be fulfilled here.

He’s exactly the sort of player and person who suits this club and we’re delighted to add him to the group for pre-season.

He scored an excellent goal against us at Colchester last season and he was a standout player on the day, making him an excellent addition.

– Gary Caldwell, Wigan Athletic manager
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