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Ipswich Town boss McCarthy not ruling out Lamah signing

Mick McCarthy was impressed by Lamah's performance. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has refused to rule out offering trialist Roland Lamah a permanent deal after he impressed against Charlton Athletic.

The Belgian played just under an hour of the Blues' goalless pre-season friendly draw at The Valley last night.

The 28-year-old was recently with Hungarian club Ferencváros, and once had a loan spell at Swansea City in the Premier League.

I thought he played well. I was pleased with him, and pleased with his contribution but he’s not fully fit.

He’s just come in so it’s unfair on him, and unfair on me to have to make a snap decision having seen little of him.

I’ll talk to his agent but I would like to see more of him and I do think he could do something for us.

I would like him to be involved on Saturday so we’ll see.

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager

Ipswich All Stars to help raise cash for football duo

Butcher in his playing days Credit: PA Images

Ipswich legends Terry Butcher and Kieron Dyer will be putting on their boots once more to take on Newmarket Town in a special pre-season friendly.

The pair will be part of an Ipswich All Stars team to take on Newmarket Town on Sunday in a special charity match for Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs.

Shaun Whiter had to have both legs amputated, while Joey Abbs was also hurt following the collision on Dullingham Road near Newmarket.

The two men had stopped to try and change a tyre when another car crashed into them and drove off.

A man has been charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving and is now awaiting trial.

Shaun and Joey Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Ipswich game takes placxe on Sunday, with Gates opening at 12 and the first match kicking off at 1pm.

Check the Newmarket Town website for details.

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EFL trophy draw has been made

The EFL trophy draw has been made. Credit: EFL Trophy

The draw's been made for the EFL trophy:

Cambridge United are in Northern Group G - they'll face Middlesbrough, Scunthorpe and Shrewsbury

Northampton Town are in Southern Group D - they'll play West Ham, last year's ground share tenants Coventry, and Wycombe.

Colchester United are in Southern Group E - they will play Southampton, Crawley and Charlton.

Norwich City, Peterborough and MK Dons are all in Southern Group F - Barnet completes the group.

Southend and Stevenage are in Southern Group G - Brighton and Leyton Orient are also in that group.

Luton Town are in Southern Group H - their opponents will be West Brom, Millwall and Gillingham.

The games are due to start at the end of August and each team in the group will face each other once either home or away.

EFL Trophy - Norwich City accept invite to take part

The regional sections for this year's EFL trophy have been drawn.

Sixty four clubs will compete in the competition beginning with 16 groups of four teams each of which will include at least one club from each of Leagues One and Two, along with 16 teams from Category one youth academies. Norwich City have confirmed that they have accepted an invitation to be included in this year's competition.

The top two sides in each group will then go into a knockout stage that will culminate in a showpiece final at Wembley Stadium next April.

The sections are below.

North Section One

Cambridge United have been drawn in North Section Two.

North Section Two

Northampton Town have been drawn in South Section One.

South Section One

Peterborough, Southend, Colchester, Luton, Stevenage, MK Dons are all in South Section Two. As are Norwich City's Academy team.

South Section Two

You can see the draw as it's made here.

Norwich City confident Klose will stay at Carrow Road

Manager Alex Neil says he has no plans to sell defender Timm Klose. Credit: PA

Norwich City are confident defender Timm Klose will be staying at Carrow Road this season.

The Swiss International defender missed the tail end of City's Premier League survival bid with a serious knee injury.

He featured in Norwich's second pre-season tour game against Rubin Kazan.

Manager Alex Neil says he has no plans to sell Klose and the more quality players he can keep, the better.

“He didn’t come here to play in the Championship,” Neil told the EDP.

“We all know that, but what I have said to him is you need to give us a year to help the club and he is fine with that. No issues.

"He is a quality player and the more we can keep the better. I have no intentions to sell Timm and he is not making any waves to get out."

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New Peterborough United signing breaks his leg in training

Brad Inman is set for a long spell on the sidelines. Credit: PA

Peterborough United have been dealt a blow ahead of the League One season after their new signing Brad Inman broke his leg in training.

The 24-year-old only joined Posh last month after leaving Crewe Alexandra.

The Australian international tweeted that he was "devastated" to have sustained the injury which is likely to keep him out for the majority of the upcoming campaign.

Cambridge United land Portsmouth striker McGurk

Adam McGurk has joined Cambridge United. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have signed Portsmouth striker Adam McGurk on a two-year deal.

The 27-year-old only moved to Pompey last summer from Burton Albion but was placed on the transfer list.

Reflecting on last season, we felt that we required more fire power if we are to continue improving and I’m absolutely delighted we have been able to bring in Joe Pigott and now Adam McGurk.

He is a dynamic player in the way that he works his way towards the goal and from looking at his goal scoring attributes, he’s obviously had a lot of success from the middle of the park.

Adam has a flexibility to play in numerous positions, but we have brought him in as a centre forward.

– Shaun Derry, Cambridge United manager

McCarthy backs Allardyce to be a success for England

McCarthy thinks Allardyce is a good appointment. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he's "delighted" for Sam Allardyce after the former Sunderland boss was confirmed as the new England manager this afternoon.

Allardyce has signed an initial two-year deal and McCarthy is confident he will be a success.

I’m absolutely delighted for Sam, first and foremost but I’m also delighted for the LMA and all the English managers out there.

As managers, we all have to cut our teeth in the game and Sam has done that. He’s been down in the lower leagues and worked his way up and his knowledge of football is superb.

He’s a very bright guy and he will get the team working hard and giving their all. If you add a better standard of player into that mix, then that could well be a recipe for success.

I’m delighted for Sam and good luck to him.

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager
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