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Norwich City's Farke & Maddison up for monthly awards

Daniel Farke (left) and James Maddison (right) will be hoping to pick up their respective awards. Credit: PA

Norwich City's Daniel Farke and James Maddison have been nominated for the Championship Manager and Player of the Month awards.

Head Coach Farke led his team to an unbeaten September which included a record run of five consecutive clean sheets and three away victories in a row.

Midfielder Maddison played a big part in the Canaries' upturn in fortunes, scoring stunning goals in wins at Middlesbrough and Reading.

Farke is up against former Norwich boss Alex Neil for the manager prize, while Aston Villa's Steve Bruce and Bristol City's Lee Johnson have also been nominated.

Maddison will have to see off competition from Wolves star Diogo Jota, Bristol City defender Aden Flint and Aston Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to land his award.

The winners will be announced on Friday morning.

Lewis McGugan: Ex-Forest midfielder joins Northampton

Lewis McGugan celebrates scoring for Sheffield Wednesday at Newcastle United in 2015. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed former Nottingham Forest midfielder Lewis McGugan on a short-term deal until January.

The 28-year-old, who has also played for Watford and Sheffield Wednesday, moves to Sixfields on a free transfer.

McGugan has been training with the Cobblers for the past few weeks and has impressed manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

"He is an attacking, creative player who can make chances for others and he offers a goal threat from midfield, which is important for us," Hasselbaink said.

"Lewis has an excellent pedigree from a higher level and he is a good age with a fair amount of experience.

"He will be added to the squad for the Checkatrade Trophy game at Peterborough United on Tuesday."


Jermaine Anderson: Peterborough man signs new deal

Jermaine Anderson is hoping to kick on at Peterborough United. Credit: PA

Peterborough United midfielder Jermaine Anderson has ended speculation over his future by signing a new contract with the club.

The 21-year-old joined Posh from Arsenal in 2012, and is currently the club's longest-serving player.

Two serious injuries have halted his progression, but he is now back to full fitness.

Anderson's new deal will run until 2019.

“Jermaine is one of our own. He has come through the Academy and is a huge talent," Chairman Darragh MacAnthony said.

"He is still only 21-years-old and has a lot of years ahead of him so we are really pleased he has committed himself to the club. He is now fully fit and we are all looking forward to watching him kick-on.”

In other news, Posh have been dealt a big blow with the news that striker Junior Morias will be out for the next five months with a ruptured thigh.

Callum Brittain: MK Dons star earns England under 20s call

Callum Brittain has been called up to the England under 20s squad. Credit: ITV News Anglia

MK Dons youngster Callum Brittain has earned his first call-up to the England under 20s squad.

The 19-year-old defender has impressed for the Dons this season, and recently scored his first professional goal in a 1-1 draw with Oxford United.

Brittain, who is a product of the Dons' academy, is one of 21 players to be picked for the upcoming games against Italy and the Czech Republic.

Luke Woolfenden: New Ipswich Town deal for defender

Luke Woolfenden impressed for Ipswich against Crystal Palace in the EFL Cup earlier this season. Credit: PA

Young Ipswich Town defender Luke Woolfenden has agreed a new contract at Portman Road.

The 18-year-old signed his first professional deal in the summer, but now penned fresh terms to keep him at his hometown club until 2019.

Woolfenden has featured in the Carabao Cup for Town this season, and has regularly been named on the bench for Championship games.


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