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1 June 2013

Club News


1 June 2013

We keep you updated with the latest developments in League One

We take you through selected clubs in League One and what news has transpired in the last seven days...

Bradford City – Winger Adam Baker and defenders Dean Overson and Steve Williams will leave the club when their contracts expire at the end of June.

Baker made four appearances for the club in the 2012/13 season, all of which from the subs bench in cup competitions.

Overson signed for the Bantams in 2011 but failed to make a first team appearance, while Williams departs after a four year stay which saw him make 78 appearances in all competitions.

However he didn’t feature last season, instead joining Barrow on loan in March where he played three times for the Conference Premier side.

Brentford – The club are in talks with Everton defender Jack Bidwell over a permanent move to Griffin Park after spending two seasons on loan at the London club.

Midfielder Sam Saunders meanwhile has agreed a new two-year contract. The former Dagenham & Redbridge player has featured in 143 matches for the Bees and has now extended his stay until July 2015.

Sam Saunders in action for Brentford

However, goalkeeper Antoine Gounet will be leaving after an 18-month stint.

He signed early in 2012 after a successful trial but only managed one first team appearance, that coming in the 4-2 win over Bradford in the FA Cup second round replay in December.

Uwe Rosler is waiting to see if winger Harry Forrester will sign a new deal – he has made 79 first team appearances since arriving from Kilmarnock in August 2011.

Harlee Dean and Adam Forshaw have also been offered new deals. They are both contracted until next season, but their development has prompted the club to extend their stay.

It has also been confirmed that the club will play third Division side FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt during their pre-season German tour on Saturday July 6.


Bristol City –
The Robins have agreed a fee of £350,000 with Swindon for the transfer of Aden Flint.

The club had their first bid rejected but now have permission to discuss personal terms with the defender ahead of a potential move.


Willie McStay has left his position as the club’s Academy Director – he spent just a year at Ashton Gate following the appointment of Derek McInnes, but follows the departures of Richard O’Kelly, Nigel Spink and Alan Hughes as Sean O’Driscoll begins a re-structuring process in preparation for League One.

Lee Kendall (Goalkeeping Coach) and John Pemberton (Assistant Head Coach) have arrived in recent days, with Keith Burt becoming Director of Football.

Aden Flint could join Bristol City after fee agreed

Carlisle United – Midfielder Paul Thirlwell, formerly of Sunderland, has signed a new one-year deal to keep him at the club until next July.

He has played 195 times for the club and has now chosen to extend his stay for at least another 12 months. 

Paul Thirlwell has agreed to stay with Carlisle for 2013/14

Defender Danny Livesey, an ex-Bolton player, has also agreed a one-year extension after playing more than 300 games for the club.

Winger Matty Robson will also continue his affiliation with the club after agreeing a new two-year deal.

The former Hartlepool player has featured in 176 games since he signed in 2009, and Manager Greg Abbott has been able to secure his stay for another 24 months after an impressive 2012/13 campaign.

Coventry City – Current CEO Tim Fisher says the club are close to purchasing a new site within the next three to four weeks to build a new stadium.

City will not play their home games at the Ricoh next season after a disagreement with the holdings company over unpaid rent.

Manager Steven Pressley has confirmed the club will head to Holland for a pre-season training camp.

This will take place just outside Arnhem, but no fixtures have yet been confirmed by FIFA.

Crawley Town – Manager Richie Barker has signed a new two-year deal to stay at Broadfield Stadium.

The former Rotherham striker joined the Red Devils from Bury at the start of last season and guided Crawley to a 10th place finish this year.

The club have announced four pre-season games for their schedule. Crawley will host Millwall on Saturday July 13 before two games on the 27th against Burgess Hill and Whitehawk.

Barker’s side will then travel to Ryman Premier side Three Bridges on July 31 in what is likely to be their final game before the start of the league season.

Richie Barker has committed his future to Crawley Town

Crewe Alexandra – Manager Steve Davis is hoping to have star striker Mathias Pogba fit before the start of the new season.

The former Wrexham forward scored 16 goals in all competitions last season but is currently in Italy undergoing surgery on a damaged thigh muscle.

Crewe hoping Mathias Pogba will be fit for new season

MK Dons – Manager Karl Robinson looks set to stay with MK Dons for next season after being linked with the vacant post at Sheffield United.

After meeting with his agent earlier in the week he has decided to try and launch another push for promotion.

However he is still waiting on three players to decide whether or not to accept their contract offers.

Dean Lewington, Adam Chiksen and Ian McLoughlin have not yet put pen to paper.

Karl Robinson to remain MK Dons Manager for next season

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