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Kevin Davies looks ahead to the start of the Championship season

Guest pundit: Kevin Davies

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As the new football season edges ever closer, ITV Granada Reports has invited footballer Kevin Davies in to give us his thoughts on how each of our teams fare.

We kick-off with the Championship - and look at Blackburn, Bolton, Burnley and Preston's chances.

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Stockport Council completes purchase of Edgeley Park

Stockport Council has completed its purchase of Edgeley Park, securing the home of Stockport County FC.

Stockport County FC Credit: ITV Granada

The club's website said contracts were signed this morning and all due diligence requirements for the purchase have been finalised. The Board of Directors will now be working with the Council to review the lease of the stadium.

"This is a genuinely commercial arrangement which will enable a landlord-tenant relationship to be set-up between the Council and Stockport County Football Club. This purchase is on a cost neutral basis and will therefore not cost Stockport Council Tax payers a penny."

– Councillor Iain Roberts, Deputy Leader of Stockport Council

Kevin Davies still looking for a club as new season approaches

Former Preston and Bolton striker Kevin Davies insists he isn't ready to hang up his boots just yet - but is still without a club for next season.

With just over a week to go until the new campaign kicks off, the 38-year-old says he still has plenty to offer on the pitch and would like to play on for one more season.

He was released by Preston in the summer after two seasons at Deepdale and admits to being disappointed by the time taken for North End to inform him of their decision.

Oldham's manager calls for togetherness as the club looks to move forward after a troubled year

Oldham Athletic's manager Darren Kelly says he's delighted with the way his first pre season at the League One side is going.

The 36 year old from Northern Ireland is urging togetherness at the club after a troubled year.

The Latics attracted unwanted publicity after trying to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans, while their new manager received death threats within days of starting the job.

But they're ready to start this season with a clean slate and in a new-look stadium.

As David Chisnall reports.

Burnley sign striker Chris Long from Everton

Burnley have signed striker Chris Long from Everton on a three-year-deal.

Long told Burnley's official website: “I’m absolutely buzzing to have officially signed and I can’t wait to get started.

“I can’t thank Everton enough for what they did for me, but I think it’s time to start a new chapter in my life and I can’t wait to get started with Burnley.

“I’ve proved that I can score goals in the Championship and I only had two starts. I would have started more without injuries and I’m looking forward to scoring goals for Burnley.

“I’m fresh, young and eager to succeed to be honest and I just want to show the Burnley fans what I can do.”

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