League One

Crawley snap up duo

January 23, 2013

League one oufit Crawley Town have completed the double signing of Mustapha Dumbaya and Connor Essam from Portsmouth and Gillingham respectively. Dumbaya has signed a contract till the end of the current 2012/13 season while Essam has joined on a two and a half year deal from Gillingham.

Dumbaya was on the wishlist of several lower division clubs following his release from Portsmouth and Crawley manager Richie Barker said he was impressed by his performance when the Reds played Pompey last month, claiming it to be a “Man of the Match” one.

Dumbaya is primarily a defender who can also play in midfield, while Essam is primarily a centre half.

Essam was also a free agent and has previously had loan stints with Dover, Dartford and Luton

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Potters youngster signs for Orient

July 17, 2012

Leyton Orient have completed the signing of striker Ryan Brunt on loan. The 19 year old forward moves to the O’s from Premier League outfit Stoke City and will be at the Matchroom Stadium till January.

Birmingham born Brunt started his youth career with Bristol City before joining the Stoke City academy in 2008. Last year, he was loaned out to Nantwich Town, Luton and Tranmere to gain valuable first team experience. He made fifteen appearances for Tranmere last season and even played against Orient when the two sides met in League One last season.

Brunt has become the O’s sixth signing of the summer and will compete for a starting spot along with Kevin Lisbie, David Mooney, Billy Lobjoit and Michael Symes.

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Preston defender moves to Scotland

June 15, 2012

Preston North End defender Brian Mclean has completed a switch to Scottish Premier League club Dundee United. The 27 year old was a free agent after being released by PNE and has put pen to paper a two year contract with the Arabs. McLean’s playing time at PNE vastly reduced after the appointment of Graham Westley as manager at Deepdale in January. He scored two goals in eighteen appearances for PNE.

McLean becomes Dundee United’s fourth confirmed summer signing, joining Mark Millar, ex-Ross County winger Michael Gardyne and Polish goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak.

This is McLean’s fourth stint with a Scottish club, having previously played for Rangers, Motherwell and Falkirk.

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Terriers slap £8m tag on Rhodes

May 26, 2012

Huddersfield Town have slapped an £8m tag on in demand striker Jordan Rhodes. The forward has already scored 40 goals to help Huddersfield reach the League One playoffs and manager Simon Grayson has insisted that the club will not listen to low ball offers.

Reports had earlier suggested that £3.5-4m would be enough to prise him away from the Galpharm Stadium, but Grayson rubbished the rumours, saying that it wouldn’t be enough to buy even his right boot.

A number of Premier League clubs are said to be in the running to sign the 22 year old Rhodes, with Fulham, Everton, Aston Villa, Norwich and Reading all said to be keeping tabs on the forward’s progress.

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Symes signs for Dale

February 1, 2012

Rochdale have completed the signing of striker Michael Symes on loan. The 28 year old joins Dale from Bournemouth and will stay at Spotland till 5th May, 2012.

Symes, a former Everton player, has played for various clubs across the country and his latest stint with Bournemouth was his second with the Cherries, having previously represented them on loan in 2008. He has struggled with injuries this season and the signings of Matt Tubbs and Wes Thomas forced him to look elsewhere for first team football.

Under the terms of the loan agreement, Symes is ineligible to take the field when Rochdale meet Bournemouth in the league on February 18.

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O’s sign Taiwo

January 27, 2012

Leyton Orient have completed the signing of Solomon Taiwo from Cardiff City. The Bluebirds midfielder has joined the League One outfit till the end of the season. Taiwo joined Cardiff from Dagenham and Redbridge in 2009 but has found opportunities tough to come by in Wales and only appeared two times for them in the current 11/12 season.

Taiwo is Orient’s third signing of the January 2012 window after Dean Leacock and Syam Ben Youssef. He has also represented Millwall, Maidenhead, Weymouth and Sutton United.

Leyton Orient are currently 12th in the League One table and Taiwo could make his league bow for the O’s as early as this weekend, when they welcome Colchester United to Brisbane Road.

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Leeds defender heads to Carlisle

January 26, 2012

League One outfit Carlisle United have completed the signing of defender Ben White on loan from Leeds United. The 24 year old White has joined the Cumbrians for a month till the 25th of February 2012.

White has had an injury wrecked few seasons at Elland Road and has made only six appearances for the Whites in the last two and a half years. He has now recovered full fitness and manager Simon Grayson was keen for him to get some competitive football under his belt.

Carlisle manager Greg Abbott first enquired about the defenders’ services last week and revealed that he was very happy to tie up a deal for him at Brunton Park.

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Terriers re-sign Royals defender on loan

January 24, 2012

Huddersfield Town have completed the signing of Reading defender Sean Morrison on loan till the end of the season. The deal marks Morrison’s second loan stint with the Terriers- he spent a month with them last season ( in March 2011) but never made an appearance and went back to the Royals in April.

Manager Lee Clark said that he was impressed with Morrison’s commitment last season and added that he would fit into their plans very well this season.

Morrison was a regular with Swindon Town before joining Reading after the Royals activated a release clause in his contract. He has previously had a loan stint with Southend United.

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Tranmere add Wallace to ranks

January 20, 2012

Tranmere Rovers have completed the loan signing of James Wallace from Everton. The 20 year old midfielder moves from Goodison Park on an initial one month loan deal. Wallace, an Everton youth product, has already had loan stints at both Shrewsbury Town and Stevenage earlier this season.

In the 2010-11 season, Wallace was loaned out to Bury and Stockport County. He made his Everton debut in 2009 as a substitute when the Toffees played Czech outfit Sigma Olomouc in the Europa League.

Wallace could make his debut for Rovers as early as this weekend, when they square off against in form Bournemouth in League One. He also represented England at the U20 FIFA World Cup last year.

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Hoops loan out Thompson to Chesterfield

January 18, 2012

Scottish giants Celtic have agreed to loan out young defender Josh Thompson to League One outfit Chesterfield till the end of the season. Thompson joined Peterborough United earlier this summer but left Posh without making a single appearance at London Road.

The 20 year old Thompson joined Celtic from Stockport County in 2009 for a reported £250,000 fee. The loan stint with Chesterfield is not Thompson’s first in League One- he also spent the 2010/11 season on loan at Rochdale, representing them 14 times.

Thompson has been capped by England at U-19 level. Chesterfield are currently bottom of League One, having collected only 17 points from 26 games so far. Their next league game is against Oldham Athletic.

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