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Peterborough sign former Premier League defender

McCann said he is 'delighted to get Steven on board' Credit: Joe Dent / theposh.com

Peterborough United have signed former Premier League defender Steven Taylor on a free transfer.

The 31-year-old made over 300 appearances for Newcastle United.

He spent last season at Ipswich in the Championship and captained the England under 21 side.

Taylor joins the League One side on a two-year deal.

Posh manager Grant McCann said he was thrilled to secure the signing of such an experienced centre back.

I am delighted to get Steven on board. I spoke at the start of pre-season about bringing winners into the squad and he is a winner. He has been promoted to the Premier League with Newcastle United and he brings a lot of experience.

I think he will be great for the younger centre backs at the club, he will add a lot to the changing room. He has played 200 games in the Premier League and I believe it is a massive coup for this football club to get him on board. I am thrilled to have him here.

– Grant McCann, Peterborough United manager

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Northampton Town fans get first glimpse of new kit

Marc Richards leads the Northampton team out in their new strip. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northampton Town football fans have had their first glimpse of the club's new kit for the coming season.

The home strip was unveiled by first team players on Sunday morning at the Cobblers' Fun Day.

Supporters at Sixfields also watched manager Justin Edinburgh work with the senior squad at an open training session.

Aaron Pierre: Northampton Town sign centre-back

Aaron Pierre has moved to Northampton Town. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed former Wycombe Wanderers centre-back Aaron Pierre on a three-year deal.

The 24-year-old Grenada international was recently on trial with Championship side Bristol City and had attracted interest from a number of other clubs.

He was a offered a new contract at Wycombe but chose to pursue a move elsewhere.

He has always impressed me when we have played against him. He is a threat at set plays and a presence in both penalty areas and his arrival creates some excellent competition among the four central defenders we have in the squad.

I know Wycombe were very keen to keep him and he has had interest from clubs in the Championship. He is an ambitious player but I think he has been attracted by the work we have done and are continuing to do and our ambition to take the club forward and he wants to be part of that.

– Justin Edinburgh, Northampton Town manager

Meanwhile, Colchester United have signed French striker Mikael Mandron from Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

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David Forde: Cambridge United swoop for goalkeeper

David Forde played more than 300 games for Millwall. Credit: EMPICS Sport

Cambridge United have signed former Republic of Ireland international goalkeeper David Forde on an initial one-year deal.

The former Millwall stopper replaces Will Norris who was recently sold to Championship club Wolves.

Forde, 37, kept 19 clean sheets for Portsmouth last season to help them lift the League Two title.

Once Will departed for Wolves, we decided that we would aim to bring in an experienced goalkeeper. There was one stand-out candidate.

David arrives with a glowing C.V. that very recently has a League Two winner's medal attached to it. He showed last season that not only is he a prime goalkeeper but a terrific leader too.

He brings not only stability to the position but numerous other credentials also, that will really benefit our club.

To have both him and Dimi (Mitov) as our goalkeepers this year is fantastic for our group of players.

– Shaun Derry, Cambridge United manager

Norwich's Jacob Murphy completes move to Newcastle

Murphy grew up supporting the Magpies Credit: Newcastle United

Newcastle United have signed Jacob Murphy from Norwich City for a reported £12m.

The 22-year-old joined the Canaries at the age of 11 in 2006.

Murphy came through the club's youth ranks and made his first-team debut for Norwich against Fulham in the FA Cup in January 2014.

Murphy, a boyhood Newcastle fan, made 42 appearances for the Canaries first-team as well as playing for England Under-21s.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez said: "He's a young and talented player and hopefully he can develop even more here.

"We hope he can show us the passion, commitment and ability that he showed in the Championship last season."

Alex Penny: Peterborough sign Nuneaton Town defender

Posh secure signing of highly-rated defender Penny. Credit: www.theposh.com

Peterborough United have signed Nuneaton Town defender Alex Penny for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract.

The 20 year old, who played for Hull City as a teenager, played for Posh in Tuesday's pre-season friendly game with Ipswich.

Penny's fee is a record received for National League North side Nuneaton.

He told the club's website: "I heard that there were a few clubs reportedly interested in me, but when I heard that Peterborough wanted me to sign, it was an easy decision to make.

I want to be playing football and I will work extremely hard to try and break into the team here. It has been a bit of a whirlwind few days if I am honest."

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