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Football League preview: Peterborough United hope to extend lead as Humes takes charge of first U's game

Darren Ferguson will be hoping that his team can stretch their lead at the top of League One. Credit: PA

Peterborough United will be hoping to extend their lead at the top of League One this afternoon, when they host Port Vale at London Road.

Posh are a point clear of their nearest rivals Fleetwood Town who are away to Oldham Athletic.

Darren Ferguson could hand league debuts to new signings Marcus Maddison and Luke James, after they both impressed in the midweek Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat at the hands of Leyton Orient.

New Colchester United manager Tony Humes (left) was unveiled on Monday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Elsewhere, MK Dons have a free weekend, while new Colchester United manager Tony Humes takes charge of his first game in charge of the club at Walsall.

Luton Town host Plymouth Argyle in the lunchtime kick-off. Credit: PA

In League Two, Luton Town face Plymouth Argyle in the lunchtime kick-off, and Northampton Town could move into the play-off positions with a win over Dagenham & Redbridge.

Cambridge United are hot on the heels of the Cobblers in 9th place and will fancy their chances of building on last weekend's 5-0 drubbing of Carlisle United when they make the long trip to Newport County on Monday night.

Richard Money takes his Cambridge United side to Newport County on Monday night. Credit: PA

Finally, Southend United host lowly Oxford United and Stevenage take on York City.

Sky Bet League 1 fixtures

Peterborough United v Port Vale (Sat 6 Sept, 15:00) Walsall v Colchester United (Sat 6 Sept, 15:00)

Sky Bet League 2 fixtures

Dag & Red v Northampton Town (Sat 6 Sept, 15:00) Luton Town v Plymouth Argyle (Sat 6 Sept, 15:00) Newport County v Cambridge United (Mon 8 Sept, 19:45) Southend United v Oxford United (Sat 6 Sept, 15:00) Stevenage v York City (Sat 6 Sept, 15:00)

Peterborough United land Gateshead star Maddison

Marcus Maddison is booked in last season's Conference play-off final against Cambridge United. Credit: PA

Peterborough United have completed the signing of Gateshead forward Marcus Maddison.

The 20-year-old has made a big impression since joining Gateshead following his release from Premier League giants Newcastle United.

Maddison has agreed a four-year contract with Posh.

"He is a really good player and I really like him. He is a good age, 20-years-old, fits the bill in terms of what we are after.

He is a player that has had a go at the big time, didn't quite work out as he had hoped but he has gone into the non-league and is on his way back up again."

– Darren Ferguson, Peterborough United manager

Meanwhile, Posh goalkeeper Joe Day has joined Newport County on a one-month loan deal.

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
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Britt earns tribute from Peterborough boss

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson hopes striker Britt Assombalonga succeeds at new club Nottingham Forest - despite losing him two days before the start of the new League One season.

Assombalonga moved to the City Ground having spent just one season at London Road. In that time the 21 year old former Watford striker scored 33 goals, with all bar 10 coming in the league.

"The timing could be better, but you can't hand pick what day or what month of someone's going to come in for one of your players. It's the way football is.

The boy made his mind up that he wanted to leave and you've got to respect that. And I have to say good luck to the boy because he was fantastic for us in the short spell he was here."

– Darren Ferguson, Peterborough United manager

Assombalonga was the second striker to leave Posh this week. On Tuesday Nicky Ajose completed his move from London Road to join another Championship side, Leeds United.

The former Manchester United trainee, however, was one of a number of players transfer-listed by Posh following their failure to win promotion from League One in May via the play-offs.

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Peterborough United striker Britt Assombalonga joins Nottingham Forest in £5million move

Britt Assombalonga will join Nottingham Forest tomorrow. Credit: PA

Highly-rated Peterborough United striker Britt Assombalonga has joined Championship side Nottingham Forest in a £5million deal.

The 21-year-old was in Nottingham this afternoon for a talks and a medical, and has now signed a five-year contract at the City Ground.

Assombalonga became Peterborough's club record signing when he joined from Watford for £1.5million last summer.

He scored 33 goals for Posh last season as they made the League One play-offs.

"After receiving what will be a record fee for a League One club and for Posh, I told the Gaffer (Darren Ferguson) I would turn the final bid down.

Once the Gaffer spoke to Britt and his father, it was clear he wanted to progress, speak to Forest and conveyed he was in no way in the right frame of mind for the game against Rochdale on Saturday should this opportunity not be afforded to him.

He will be missed by all of us at the club and we will watch his career go from strength to strength over the coming years, knowing we played a big part in that happening."

– Darragh MacAnthony, Peterborough United chairman

On completing his move, Assombalonga paid tribute to the Posh fans.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the chairman Darragh MacAnthony for granting me this fantastic opportunity with Nottingham Forest. I would also like to thank the manager Darren Ferguson, the football management team and all the staff at London Road for their help, advice and guidance since I joined the football club.

Finally I would like to thank the Posh supporters. Ever since I walked into the club last year, they have been superb and I will always remember that support. I firmly believe the football club can have a fantastic season this year because there are a lot of talented players in that dressing room."

– Britt Assombalonga, Nottingham Forest

Peterborough United's Nicky Ajose seals Leeds United move

Nicky Ajose has joined Leeds United. Credit: PA

Peterborough United forward Nicky Ajose has joined Championship side Leeds United for an undisclosed fee.

Ajose passed a medical at Elland Road earlier this afternoon, before signing a three-year contract.

The 22-year-old was placed on the transfer list by Posh, and spent time on loan at Swindon Town last season.

Peterborough United forward Nicky Ajose closing in on Leeds United switch

Nicky Ajose will soon be a Leeds United player. Credit: PA

Peterborough United forward Nicky Ajose is closing in on a move to Championship side Leeds United.

The 22-year was absent from yesterday's pre-season photo shoot at London Road, sparking rumours that he would soon be heading out of the club.

It's understood that Leeds have now agreed a fee with Posh for the former Manchester United man, who will undergo a medical this afternoon.

Ajose enjoyed a successful loan spell at Swindon Town last season.

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