Friday, December 31, 2010

News Round Up

Lincoln say they won't be trying to resign ex-Bull Josh Gowling after his loan spell at Sincil Bank. The Gillingham defender has played in the Gills last two games and Imps boss Steve Tilson doesn't believe he's still for sale, but he will be chasing an experienced central defender in January. Departed Notts County striker Luke Rodgers has been granted a US visa after an appeal and is expected to complete a move to the MLS in January.

Cheltenham chairman Paul Baker has questioned whether Gloucestershire wants a Football League side after recent gates plummeted. He warned fans that they will have to slash the budget dramatically next season if gates continue to fall. Crewe have extended the contract of goalkeeper Bartek Fogler until the end of the season. The Pole is third choice at Gresty Road, but they are to let second choice Steve Phillips out on loan.

Port Vale have put Geoff Horsfield in caretaker charge of the side, with bidder Mo Chaudry telling the press he should be the one to pick the next manager. Horsfield is the bookies favourite for the job. The Valiants are also giving a trial to veteran winger Lloyd Owusu after he returned to the country following a spell in Australia. Wycombe have confirmed the signing of midfielder Scott Donnolly on loan until the end of the season from Swansea.

Aldershot say they have had a bid from Crawley for midfielder Manny Panther, while defender Danny Hylton is being chased by AFC Wimbledon. Striker Marvin Morgan, the subject of a £50,000 bid from Crawley, has said comments he made on Twitter about joining the Red Devils were a rib aimed at a former teammate. Southend have lost the services of midfielder Josh Simpson after Peterboro recalled him. In a statement the club said: 'Personal terms by the purchasing club have also been tabled at a level that all sides in League Two would not be able to match.'

Chesterfield have released three youngsters given short term deals at the start of the season. Defenders Chris Tingay and Ryan Granger and midfielder Jimmy Adcock all failed to make a single appearance in the first team. Plymouth have released coach Paul Mariner from his contract by mutual consent after the former England striker found a job with another as-yet unnamed club. The Pilgrims say Peter Ridsdale is not being paid for his work with the club. They have been forced to sell midfielder Craig Noone to Brighton due to their financial situation.

Macclesfield will not receive a fee for midfielder John Rooney after he virtually sealed a move to the MLS. The out of contract man is under 24 but no fee is payable on cross-border transfers. Shrewsbury's hopes of extending the loan of Bristol Rovers winger Mark Wright have virtually ended after the Pirates decided they only want to sell the player. The two-time player of the month will command a fee, something that Graham Turner is unwilling to match.

Oxford have signed veteran midfielder Paul McLaren until the end of the season. The 34 year old was released by Tranmere in November.