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25 March 2013

We catch up on news from elsewhere in League Two

LEAGUE TWO PLAYER OF THE YEAR…
Port Vale’s 25-goal leading scorer Tom Pope was last night named League Two player of the year ahead of the other nominated duo Bradford City skipper Gary Jones and Exeter City’s veteran striker Jamie Cureton.

PARKINSON REWARDED…
At the awards ceremony in London Bantams boss Phil Parkinson was rewarded for his side's remarkable run to the Capital One Cup final with the Outstanding Managerial Achievement award. He said: "I'm very honoured to receive this award. My name might be on it but it is a team award - not just the team on the pitch but the team off it as well."

STURROCK DEPARTS SOUTHEND…
Southend have parted company with boss Paul Sturrock but in a strange twist will allow him to manage the side in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final against Crewe on April 7.

In a statement, the Shrimpers chairman Ron Martin said results had not been good enough and they would name Sturrock's replacement on Monday [today]. It is thought that former Hull and Preston manager Phil Brown is favourite for the Roots Hall post.

We now catch up on some recent moves involving League Two clubs…

Former Charlton defender Kelly Youga has joined AFC Wimbledon on a short-term deal. The 27-year-old has been available since being released by Championship side Ipswich in January where he failed to make an appearance. A Central African Republic international Youga has not played since January 2012 while at Yeovil.

Barnet have signed midfielder Kyle De Silva on loan from Crystal Palace for the remainder of the season. The 19-year-old, who made two appearances for the Eagles earlier in the season, made his Bees debut as a 66th minute substitute against Cheltenham on Saturday.

Due to a number of injuries at St James Park, Exeter City have brought in two midfield players on loan. 20-year-old Lawson D'Ath has arrived on an initial one-month loan from Reading while Brighton’s Anton Rodgers has joined until the end of the season. 

D'Ath spent much of last season on loan at Yeovil and had a two-month spell at Cheltenham this season while 20-year-old Rodgers, who is the son of Liverpool manager Brendan, is joining the club on a youth loan, having made one substitute appearance for the Seagulls.

The versatile Joe Bryan has signed for Plymouth Argyle on loan from Bristol City for the remainder of the season. The 19-year-old, who can also play in midfield or defence, has made a dozen Championship appearances for the Robins this season but has not played since mid-January.

Southend United have re-signed both midfielders Ben Reeves from Southampton and Millwall’s Tamika Mkandawire. Reeves, 21, who scored twice in eight appearances during his initial one month at Roots Hall, will now remain on loan until the end of the season while 29-year-old Mkandawire, who scored once in 12 appearances earlier this season, has signed for another month.

Interim boss Alan Knill has now made three loan signings during his short time at Torquay United with the trio staying at Plainmoor until the end of the season.

Following on from Notts County's Joss Labadie and Southend's Elliot Benyon they have now signed Sheffield United winger Jordan Chapell and the 21-year-old, who had a two-month loan spell at Burton Albion earlier in the campaign, last played for the Blades in December. He made his debut at the weekend in the Gulls 2-1 victory over York at Plainmoor.

There have also been two new arrivals at Nigel Worthington’s York City. The first was Northern Ireland international Josh Carson who has joined the club for an initial month from Championship side Ipswich Town. The 19-year-old midfielder was given his international debut during Worthington's time as Northern Ireland boss and has gone on to win four caps. He has scored five goals in 31 league appearances at Portman Road.

He was followed by Sheffield United’s experienced striker Richard Cresswell, player/coach at Bramall Lane, also on a one-month loan deal. The 35-year-old started his career at Bootham Crescent, scoring 21 goals in 95 games, before joining Sheffield Wednesday in 1999. He scored the first goal of his return, a penalty, in Saturday’s reverse at Torquay.


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