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Leigh Halfpenny delaying thoughts on future as Toulon prepare to host Saracens

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Wales star Leigh Halfpenny insists he has not thought about his playing future beyond this season as he prepares to enter the European Champions Cup arena on Saturday.

Halfpenny will be an integral part of Toulon's bid to claim an opening weekend win against European champions Saracens at Stade Mayol, continuing his comeback from a serious knee injury that meant he missed the entire 2015 World Cup.

The 27-year-old is out of contract on the Cote d'Azur next summer, with speculation rife that the former Cardiff Blues full-back could return to Wales.

Since the injury last year, I have just wanted to completely focus on my rugby and not really think about my future at this point in time.

Obviously, I realise that there will be a time when I have to start thinking about that decision, and I am sure that will start in the next couple of months.

But, right now, I can honestly say I haven't thought about what my decision is going to be for next season.

I am just focusing on trying to get back to full fitness and trying to improve game on game and put in good performances for Toulon

– Leigh Halfpenny, Wales International

Wrexham manager Gary Mills sacked by club

Manager Gary Mills has been sacked by Wrexham.

The club made the announcement saying they have 'not made the progress expected' with him in charge.

In a statement, Wrexham FC said it was a 'difficult decision' but while their priority is promotion to the Football League, the club has become 'out of touch with the table leaders'.

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Everyone at the club would like to thank Gary for his endeavours during his time at Wrexham AFC, having arrived at the Racecourse with the reputation of his teams playing open, attacking and attractive football, and previous success in gaining promotion from the Conference League.

This was a difficult decision but despite some exciting and entertaining football last season, our main priority is promotion back to the Football League and we have not made the progress expected towards that aim, falling short of the play off places last season, and currently out of touch with the table leaders with a third of the season already gone.

We have therefore made the difficult decision that a change is needed.

– Wrexham FC statement

All other staff remain unaffected by this change, the club confirmed.

Joey Jones, Andy Davies and Dean Keates will take charge of team affairs in the short-term.

It's been a turbulent season so far for Welsh football clubs after Swansea City, Cardiff City and Newport County all announced they have parted ways with their managers.


Cardiff make Kieran Richardson their fourth signing in 48 hours


Cardiff City have unveiled former Manchester United and Aston Villa winger Kieran Richardson as their fourth signing in just 48 hours.

I spoke to the Gaffer who said the right things and I knew straight away I wanted to play for him.

I’m honoured to play for a big club like Cardiff City and I can’t wait to get started now.

– Kieran Richardson

Aaron Ramsey back in training after injury lay off

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Wales international Aaron Ramsey is back in full training following a hamstring problem which has sidelined him since the first match of the campaign.

The 25-year-old is not expected to be rushed into a return until fully ready.

The injury seen Ramsey miss the first three matches in Wales' World Cup qualifying campaign.


Neil Taylor: 'Exciting' Bob Bradley can turn Swansea around

Neil Taylor expects Swansea to be rejuvenated by the "exciting" Bob Bradley as the American prepares for his Premier League bow at Arsenal.

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Bradley succeeded Francesco Guidolin as Swansea boss last week with the club only outside the relegation places on goal difference.

The Premier League's first American manager could not have asked for a tougher baptism on Saturday with Arsenal having won seven of their last eight games in all competitions.

Taylor has had to wait to meet Bradley as he has been away on international duty with Wales, but the left-back admits positive reports have been reaching him from the Swansea training ground.

He strives to get the best out of players is the word coming out, and the lads have said training has been really good. He looks a really exciting manager. He looks up for it and backs his ability as a manager."

"Hopefully from here onwards we can pick up results because that is what matters in the Premier League. He looks very motivated and that is great for the players. We can feed off him and we need to use that to pick up results, that is obvious now."

– Neil Taylor, Wales International

Cardiff City add striker Marouane Chamakh to squad

Ex-Arsenal player Marouane Chamakh has been added to Cardiff City's squad.

The Moroccan striker is the Championship side's third free transfer in the past 24 hours.

Former Crystal Palace striker Marouane Chamakh joins Cardiff City on a free transfer Credit: PA

Chamakh joins the Bluebirds on a short-term deal and will link up with manager Neil Warnock for a second time, having previously played for him in the Premier League for Crystal Palace.

The striker has 65 international caps and scored 14 times for Arsenal over three seasons between 2010 and 2013.

Warnock has added winger Junior Hoilett and defender Sol Bamba to his squad ahead of the side's clash with Bristol City on Friday.

Sol Bamba becomes Cardiff City's second signing this week

Cardiff City have further bolstered their squad by signing Sol Bamba on a free transfer.

The 31 year-old defender has committed to the Bluebirds until the summer of 2018 and the move is subject to international clearance.

Sol Bamba is Cardiff City's second signing this week. Credit: Cardiff City Football Club

Bamba has 44 caps for Ivory Coast and has previously played for numerous clubs, including PSG, Leicester, Trabzonspor and Palermo among others.

He started the current season as captain of Leeds United, but had been released by the club by mutual consent.

The centre-back becomes new manager Neil Warnock's second signing after securing Junior Hoilett yesterday.

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