Non League

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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Grimsby sign Niven

July 16, 2012

Grimsby Town have completed the signing of Falkirk born midfielder Derek Niven on a free transfer. The 28 year old Scot was on the lookout for a new club after leaving Chesterfield at the end of the 11/12 season and Grimsby have moved quickly to make him their sixth signing of the current summer window after Greg Pearson, Aswad Thomas, Sam Hatton, Joe Colbeck and Andy Cook.

Niven, one of Chesterfield’s longest serving players ( he has made over 300 appearances for the club), originally started his career with Raith Rovers and then signed for Bolton Wanderers before making the move to Chesterfield. He was loaned out by the Spireites to Northampton Town last season after struggling to get game time

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Swans complete Obeng signing

February 1, 2012

Swansea City have completed the signing of Curtis Obeng from non-league Wrexham. The Swans paid their fellow Wrexham outfit a six figure fee, believed to be somewhere in the region of £175,000-£200K for Obeng’s services. The 22 year old has put pen to paper a three and a half year deal at the Liberty Stadium.

As part of the deal that has brought Obeng to the Liberty, Swansea have allowed Wales U-21 captain Daniel Alfei to go on loan to Wrexham till the end of the season in order to boost their chances of Football League promotion.

Obeng is a former Manchester City youth product and was part of the team that lost the 2006 FA Youth Cup to Liverpool.

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Robins defender loaned out to Hatters

September 28, 2011

Bristol City have reached an agreement with Stockport County for the loan transfer of young defender Joe Edwards. The Hatters, currently managed by former Liverpool and Bayern legend Didi Hamann, will take the 20 year old on loan for a period of 28 days. Stockport currently play in the Blue Square Premiership ( Conference)

Edwards could make his Hatters debut when they take on York City this weekend.

Robins boss Keith Millen said that it was a good opportunity for Edwards to get some first team football under his belt given the competitionj for places in defence at Bristol City.

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U’s sign former Wycombe midfielder

June 10, 2011

Cambridge United have completed the signing of midfielder Kieran Murtagh on a free transfer from Wycombe Wanderers. Murtagh,22, has put pen to paper a two year deal with the U’s following his release from Wycombe.

Murtagh started his career with Fisher Athletic and moved to Yeovil in 2008. After two years with the Glovers, he left Huish Park to join Wycombe in 2010. Earlier this year, he had a short loan spell with Woking, but was recalled to Wycombe in order to provide cover in midfield.

Cambridge finished 7th in the 2010/2011 Conference National last season. Wapping born Murtagh has also been capped at senior level by Antigua and Barbuda and was also part of the Irish squad at U-17 level.

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Sociedad announced Montanier as new coach

June 4, 2011

La Liga side Real Sociedad have announced Philippe Montanier as their new coach after reaching an agreement with the latter’s current club Valenciennes. Los Txuri Urdin have agreed to pay Valenciennes €500,000 and buy out the last year of his contract.

46 year old Montanier has led Valenciennes to two safe midtable finishes in his time in charge of the club. They finished 10th in the 2009/10 season and 12th in the recently concluded 2010/2011 season.

Sociedad have fallen from grace in Spanish football, going from a club that used to compete in the Champions League to one that just about avoided relegation last season. They were in fact relegated during the 2006/07 season and returned to the top tier of Spanish football only two seasons ago.

Montanier replaces Martin Lasarte as Sociedad coach.

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Leeds sign Schmeichel from Notts County

May 27, 2010

Kasper Schmeichel has become Leeds United’s first signing of the season after joining from Notts County on a free transfer.

The former Man City shot stopper played 43 times for County last season winning promotion with the club, but The Magpies can no longer afford the players wages and have decided to let him go.

Schmeichel who signed a two-year deal at Elland Road had a fantastic season for County and was named PFA League Two Player of the Year.

Schmeichel said: “There wasn’t a lot of decision making to do,” “I’ve been talking to clubs, and when the question was raised about interest from Leeds I said yes.”

“I’ve grown up in England, know a lot about English football, and I know Leeds is one of the biggest clubs in the country.”

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York Denies Brodie bid

November 15, 2009

Blue Square Premier League side York City have denied they received any bids for striker Richard Brodie. His manager Martin Foyle however expects bids in the January transfer window for the forward. His goal tally was taken to 17 in midweek after he scored a hat-trick against Chester City. He also scored a brace in his sides FA Cup 3-2 victory over Crewe Alexandra last weekend.

League One side Huddersfield Town had been linked with a bid for the in-form ace but according to Foyle so far they haven’t made their interest concrete. He has however admitted that it wouldn’t be a surprise if Town boss Lee Clark did try to snap his striker when the transfer window does open.

Foyle told the York Press: “I’ve not heard anything from Lee Clark, Huddersfield or anybody else, but I expect to and, to be honest, expected to about ten games ago because it’s not just about Brodes’ goals. We’ve seen a massive improvement in him as a player this season and he will be on a lot of people’s radar. There will be speculation but, until I actually get a phone call, we will carry on normally. I know what will probably happen – we will get a derisory offer from somewhere.

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Brechin City sign Stephen Ettien on loan

February 1, 2009

Scottish second division club Brechin City have secured the services of forward Stephen Ettien on loan from Hamilton Academical till the end of the season. The Toulouse born player is Jim Duffy’s second loan signing in January after veteran Barry Smith, who arrived from Dundee last week.

Ettien made his debut for Brechin on January 31, 2009 against Stirling Albion. He came on as a 69th minute subsitute for Gary Fusco, but could not prevent Brechin from losing 2-1 to Stirling.

Ettien had moved to Hamilton in August 2008 after being released by French champions Olympique Lyon.

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Rushden & Diamonds strengthen their defense

January 9, 2009

Rushden & Diamonds have temporally strengthened their defense by signing Ipswich defender Kurt Robinson on a months loan.

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