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Ipswich Town prepared to let Wordsworth leave

Anthony Wordsworth is heading for the exit door. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed that he is willing to allow midfielder Anthony Wordsworth to leave the club.

The 25-year-old has struggled to hold down a first team place at Portman Road since joining from Colchester United last year.

“I have spoken to him and he’s available now to go out on loan or to join a club permanently.

He needs to be out there playing games.”

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager
Darren Ambrose is training with Ipswich. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, McCarthy also admitted that former fans' favourite Darren Ambrose is training with Town, but doesn't expect things to progress any further.

"It’s not a trial or anything like that. It’s just like Jack Collison who is also with us. Darren asked if he can train with us.

We’re happy to let him do that but it’s no more than that."

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager

Peterborough United land Burgess on permanent deal

Christian Burgess in action for Hartlepool United last season. Credit: PA

Peterborough United have signed on-loan Middlesbrough defender Christian Burgess for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old only joined Posh in a temporary switch last earlier this week, but the move has now been made permanent.

Burgess has agreed a four-year contract at London Road, and made his debut in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United.

"I am pleased to sign Christian. It is a good piece of business from the football club. He is player that has been on the radar for a little while and he will bring competition to the centre back positions."

– Darren Ferguson, Peterborough United manager

Coventry City end Northampton groundshare and return to the Ricoh Arena

Coventry City are returning to the Ricoh Arena. Credit: PA

Coventry City have confirmed that a deal has been reached for the club to return to the Ricoh Arena.

The Sky Blues have been playing their home games at Northampton Town's Sixfields stadium for the past year.

The League One side have agreed an initial two-year deal, with the option of a further two years to return to the 32,000 seater venue.

They will play their first game back in the stadium against Gillingham on 6 September.

"We are delighted to get this deal done and I am sure every supporter of Coventry City will be thrilled with this news.

We are under no illusion what a difficult 12 months it has been for the supporters and that was uppermost in our thinking as we worked to get this deal done.

There has had to be compromise on both sides and the commercial details of the deal will remain confidential.

The support and guidance from the Football League, and especially from Chief Executive Shaun Harvey, throughout our discussions was a key factor in achieving the aim of reaching this agreement and getting the football club back to Coventry."

– Steve Waggott, Development Director, Coventry City

Coventry City set to end Northampton Town groundshare and return to the Ricoh Arena

Coventry City look set to return to the Ricoh Arena.

Coventry City could be about to return to the Ricoh Arena, according to reports.

The League One club have been playing their football at Northampton Town's Sixfields stadium for over a year.

Northampton is over 30 miles away from Coventry, and the Ricoh Arena's capacity is significantly more than Sixfields at over 30,000.

It's expected that a statement will be released later today confirming that an agreement has been reached for the Sky Blues to head home.

Secret talks have been held between lawyers acting on behalf of Sisu, the club's owners, and ACL, who manage the Ricoh Arena.

Northampton Town could also be due a compensation payment as part of the conditions drawn up when the two clubs signed a groundshare deal.

Sources suggest that Coventry City could return to their home ground as early as September.

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