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Huth commits future to Stoke

by Steve Clamp
Robert Huth to remain with Stoke
Robert Huth to remain with Stoke Credit: PA

Stoke City have moved swiftly to ensure one of their key players remains a part of the squad until 2016.

Robert Huth was a record Stoke transfer when he joined Tony Pulis' side for £6 million from Middlesbrough in 2009 and has now signed a three-year contract extension.

The German international, has been a near ever present in the Stoke team over the last three yearsand has made 130 appearances in total, scoring 17 goals.

The defender, who will celebrate his 28th birthday on the opening day of the 2012-13 BarclaysPremier League season, still had another year to run on his present contract, but City were eager to secure his long term future.

Notts County sign new striker

by ITV Central
Enoch Showunmi  has signed to Notts County Football Club from Tranmere Rovers
Enoch Showunmi has signed to Notts County Football Club from Tranmere Rovers Credit: PA

Notts County Football Club has signed Enoch Showunmi as its first summer signing.

The 6ft 5ins attacker transferres from Tranmere Rovers to join Notts on a two-year deal having completing his medical this afternoon.

The Nigerian born, 30-year-old started his career at Luton Town in 2003, where he scored 15 goals across three seasons.

The powerful attacker scored 17 goals during 79 appearances for Tranmere Rovers.

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Nottinghamshire's Lee Westwood high hopes for US Open

by ITV Central

Worksop-born Lee Westwood said he is feeling confident about the US Open.

The world number three flew to California today and he says he has high hopes of making it three European wins in a row at the US Open.

Ranking as world number three the 39-year-old stormed to a five-stroke victory at the Nordea Masters in Sweden, making it his third win in the event in three different decades.

He will tee off on Thursday and play the first two rounds at the Olympic Club with Luke Donald and Rory Mcllroy, the only two players ahead of him in the rankings.

MacDonald to leave Villa

by ITV Central

Aston Villa have confirmed first-team coach Kevin MacDonald is to leave the club.

MacDonald has brought to an end a 17-year association with the club following the appointment of Paul Lambert as manager.

The 51-year-old, who had a brief stint in caretaker charge at the start of the 2010/11 season following the departure of Martin O'Neill, worked alongside Alex McLeish last season, while he also coached the reserve team.

MacDonald told the club's official website: "I've had an incredible 17 years at Aston Villa, one of the biggest clubs in the country, and wish to thank all the staff and players I have worked with during my time at the club.

"I wish Aston Villa every success in the future."

"As a club, we are immensely grateful for the contribution Kevin has made in more than 17 years at Villa."He has been an integral part of the success we have enjoyed at academy and reserve team level and, in assuming his caretaker responsibilities at the beginning of the 2010-11 season, he cemented his position as a man who will always command respect at this club."The whole of Aston Villa Football Club will wish Kevin well."

– Chief executive Paul Faulkner
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