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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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Cornell joins Northampton Town as Clarke heads for exit

David Cornell (left) has joined Northampton Town, but Ryan Clarke is heading to AFC Wimbledon. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed former Swansea City goalkeeper David Cornell on a free transfer.

The 25-year-old Welshman has agreed a two-year at Sixfields.

Cornell has been a free agent since he was released by Oldham Athletic earlier this summer.

He will now compete with Adam Smith for the number one jersey.

David is a good signing for us.

He will come in to challenge and compete with Adam Smith and he has knowledge and experience of playing at this level.

He has a good pedigree and I'm sure he will fit in well in the dressing room.

I think he was unfortunate to have been released by Oldham but hopefully their loss can be our gain.

– Rob Page, Northampton Town manager

Meanwhile, veteran 'keeper Ryan Clarke has left Northampton to join fellow League One side AFC Wimbledon.

Sammie Szmodics signs new deal with Colchester

Sammie Szmodics' new contract starts on 1 July Credit: Colchester United

Colchester United forward Sammie Szmodics has signed a new three-year contract with the League Two club.

The 20-year-old has played 54 times for the U's since coming through their academy.

He'll remain with the club until at least the summer of 2019.

Szmodics missed half of last season after a foot injury, but says he is looking forward to getting back onto the pitch.

It was so frustrating last season, not being able to get out on the pitch and having to watch us battle against relegation from the stands.

Missing so many games has made me really hungry for football and I can't wait until we get started again at the end of the month.

Being offered a new contract when I have missed half a season shows that the club has faith in me and I'm really grateful and can't wait to repay that faith.

– Sammie Szmodics

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Peterborough United midfielder Oztumer joins Walsall

Erhun Oztumer has joined Walsall. Credit: PA

Peterborough United midfielder Erhun Oztumer has signed for League One rivals Walsall.

The 25-year-old will officially join the Saddlers on a two-year deal once his contract expires at Posh on July 1.

Oztumer made more than 50 appearances for Peterborough in his two years at the ABAX Stadium.

It’s brilliant to be here. It’s been smooth and we’ve been speaking for a few weeks.

I’ve come down here and I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen and I’m delighted to put my signature on the paper.

The attraction is the way Walsall play. Playing against them for two years, I like the way they keep the ball and play the game. I think it suits me so this was my first choice.

Hopefully I can get a lot of assists. I’m a player who likes to feed the strikers and hopefully I can add some goals to the team as well.

– Erhun Oztumer, Walsall

Northampton Town sign Coventry defender

Defender Aaron Phillips has signed for Northampton Town. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed defender Aaron Phillips after he was released by Coventry City.

The 22-year-old right back made 61 appearances for Coventry City, including 26 appearances last season.

Aaron is a very welcome addition to the squad.

He is a young player with potential, but he also has a fair amount of experience in League 1 and that is important.

– Rob Page, Northampton Town Manager

Meanwhile, Cobblers midfielder Danny Rose has rejected a new deal at the club and has decided to sign for Portsmouth instead.

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