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Ryan McGivern: Defender joins Northampton Town

Ryan McGivern was most recently at Shrewsbury Town. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed Northern Ireland international Ryan McGivern on a free transfer.

The 27-year-old defender has agreed an initial short-term deal that will run until January 2018.

McGivern, who has been training with the Cobblers for the past few weeks, started his career at Manchester City and has recently played for the likes of Hibernian and Shrewsbury Town.

"Ryan has been training with us for a few weeks and has done well," said manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

"I feel we need to strengthen the squad in the central defensive areas and he will come in to do that.

"Ryan coming in provides that and with him having been on the training ground with us for a while we have had the chance to have a look at him and he has already fitted in well with the group."

Norwich City's James Maddison called up to England U21s for the first time

James Maddison celebrates his goal in the east anglian derby Credit: PA

Norwich City's in-form youngster James Maddison has been named in the England U21 team for the first time in his career.

Alongside Maddison, goalkeeper Angus Gunn has also been named in Aidy Boothroyd's side that will take on Ukraine in a 2019 European U21 Championship qualifier.

Maddison celebrates after a goal against Swindon Credit: PA

Scoring three goals in his past seven games Maddison has become a vital part of Daniel Farke's side this season.

Maddison signed for the Canaries in January 2016 for a rumoured fee of £3.5 million from his boyhood club Coventry City.

The Young Lions will take on Ukraine U21s in Kiev on Friday, November 10th.

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