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League Two star makes Premier League switch

August 31, 2012

Aston Villa have officially confirmed the signing of Jordan Bowery from Chesterfield. The Nottingham born forward thus makes a big switch from the Spireites, who currently compete in League Two to Premier League outfit Villa. The 21 year old has transferred for a fee reported to be around £500,000 and has put pen to paper a three year contract at Villa Park.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has said he would have no hesitation throwing Bowery directly into a Premier League fixture despite reservations being expressed by the general public regarding his abilities. Bowery has played more than a 100 games for Chesterfield and was contracted to them till 2014.

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Tranmere complete double signing

August 3, 2012

Tranmere Rovers have completed the double signing of Jake Cassidy and Joe Thompson. Welsh U21 forward Cassidy has joined Rovers on a six month loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers while medio Thompson has arrived on a permanent deal from Rochdale.

Cassidy scored five times in ten appearances for Tranmere last season and was the club’s joint top scorer in 2011/12. He is only nineteen but has already earned caps for Wales at U19 and U21 levels.

Midfielder Thompson, 23, joins TRFC from Rochdale, where he has racked up over a hundred and fifty appearances over the course of six years. He has put pen to paper a two year contract at Prenton Park.

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Shrimps add striker to ranks

July 19, 2012

Morecambe have completed the signing of striker Richard Brodie on loan. The 25 year old, who has a year left on his current contract with Crawley Town, will move to the Globe Arena for an initial period of six months. Brodie spent last season on loan ( reportedly a five figure loan fee was involved) at Fleetwood Town, helping them win the Blue Square Premier League title and promotion to League Two.

Gateshead born Brodie has also represented the likes of Whickham, Newcastle Benfield, York City and AFC Barrow in his career.

Brodie will be competing with the likes of Danny Carlton, Kevin Ellison, Jordan Burrow and Jack Redshaw for a starting spot at Morecambe.

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Potters centre back moves to Bantams

May 24, 2012

Bradford City have completed the signing of defender Andrew Davies from Stoke City. The former England U-21 international has agreed a one year deal with the Bantams, thus making his move to Valley Parade permanent after spending most of the 2011-2012 season there on loan.

Davies, a Middlesbrough FC youth product, has also had previous stints with Queens Park Rangers, Derby County, Southampton, Preston North End, Sheffield United, Walsall and Crystal Palace, thus making him a much travelled footballer.

He joined Stoke in 2008 from Southampton but has made only four appearances over four seasons for the Staffordshire outfit.

Bradford City compete in League Two and will be hoping to improve upon their poor 2011/12 league showing.

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Town sign keeper on loan

February 16, 2012

Crawley Town have moved to sign goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin on loan from Watford. The 24 year old Hornets stopper has joined the League Two outfit till the end of March, but the deal can be extended till the end of the season if both parties wish to.

Manager Steve Evans swooped for Gilmartin after an injury to regular keeper Scott Shearer, who is set for a long spell on the sidelines with a knee problem.

Ireland keeper Gilmartin was on loan at Yeovil Town earlier in the season and was set for a move to another League One club before Crawley stepped in with their offer.

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Cobblers tie up Harding deal

February 1, 2012

Northampton Town have completed the signing of Ben Harding from Wycombe Wanderers. Wycombe had initially loaned Harding to the Cobblers on New Years’ Eve till the end of the season but the two clubs decided to make the deal permanent after reaching upon a suitable, undisclosed transfer fee. Harding has now signed an eighteen month contract at Sixfields.

Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd said that he had been hugely impressed with the midfielder’s performances and added that he was just the kind of character the club needed going forward.

Harding started his career at Wimbledon and has also represented MK Dons, Forest Green Rovers, Aldershot Town and Grays Athletic.

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Former Chelsea defender joins Southend

January 30, 2012

Southend United have completed the signing of Pat Baldwin from Colchester United. Baldwin, a former Chelsea trainee, has joined the Shrimpers on a free transfer. The 29 year old was frustrated with the lack of opportunities at Colchester, having made only five starts in the current 11/12 season. He has been with the U’s since 2002 and has made over 200 appearances for them in his nearly decade long stay.

Baldwin could make his Southend debut as early as Tuesday when they take on Swindon Town. He is the Shrimpers’ sixth signing of the January 2012 transfer window.

Baldwin previously had a loan spell with Southend in the 2009-10 season.

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Gunners starlet joins Crawley on loan

January 27, 2012

Arsenal starlet Sanchez Watt has agreed to join Crawley Town on loan. The youngster will be with the League Two promotion hopefuls till the end of the current 11/12 season.

Watt spent time on loan at Leeds United last season and also had a stint with Sheffield Wednesday earlier this campaign. Watt, who scored on his Arsenal debut against West Bromwich Albion, had plenty of offers from Championship and League One clubs but chose to go a division down to Crawley in order to aid their push for promotion.

Crawley are currently occupying joint top spot in the League Two table with Southend United and Cheltenham Town, having picked up 52 points at this time of the campaign.

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Millers swoop for Cadogan

January 26, 2012

Rotherham United have completed the signing of Kieron Cadogan on loan from Crystal Palace. The skilful winger has joined the League Two outfit from Championship club Palace and will stay with the Millers till the end of the current 2011/12 season.

Cadogan is a product of the youth system at Selhurst Park and has also had a previous loan stint at Burton Albion. He made only two appearance for Carling Cup semifinalists Palace this season.

Cadogan could make his debut for the Millers this weekend when they face Dag and Red.

Rotherham are currently sitting in 13th place in the League two table but are only five points behind Oxford United, who occupy the last playoff spot.

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Hereford hand trio new contracts

January 25, 2012

Hereford United have handed the trio of Michael Townsend, Sam Clucas and Dan Hanford new contracts that will keep them at Edgar Street till the end of the 2012-2013 season.

Goalkeeper Hanford is yet to make a first team appearance for the Bulls, while Clucas has been largely restricted to appearances from the bench. Townsend is the most experienced of the trio, having already appeared more than 70 times for the club since joining the League Two outfit from Cheltenham Town in 2010.

Hereford finished 21st in League Two in the 2010-11 season. At this moment, the Bulls are occupying the same spot in the 11-12 league table and are only five points above the drop zone.

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