- Newport County manager Michael Flynn has revealed that the club has turned down a bid for Joss Labadie and he insists the captain will remain at the club until at least the end of the season. Labadie has missed the last two matches with a hamstring strain and is a doubt for Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Tottenham. His current contract runs until the summer and he has yet to put pen to paper on a new deal which has led to rumours that the 27-year-old could be on the move before the end of the January transfer window for a reported £500,000. Flynn revealed he has turned down an offer for Labadie but it wasn’t anywhere near £500k. “It’s not being considered at all. The bid was three weeks ago and it’s not even close [to what he’s worth]. It was just a waste of time, if I’m totally honest.”
- Mansfield Town do not believe Oxford United will recall loan striker Kane Hemmings after boss Pep Clotet, who agreed he could stay last week, was sacked. “We don’t believe so,” said boss Steve Evans when asked if the decision would affect the loan deal. “That is something that would ultimately lie beyond us. But my understanding is that is not the case. I think for Kane to leave us now he’d have to leave Oxford on a permanent basis.” Here’s hoping he gets that just as wrong as he did his assessment of the Lee Frecklington move.
- Notts County have loaned former Imps winger Elliott Hodge (pictured top) to Alfreton Town. Hodge links up with former boss Chris Moyses in his first role in football since leaving City. Hodge, 22, is the son of former Nottingham Forest and England player Steve Hodge. He completed a scholarship at Notts County, before signing with the Imps on a short-term contract in February 2015 after impressing on trial. He signed a new one-year contract the following month and made his first-team debut in a 0–0 draw at Dartford in April 2015.
- Colchester have signed Millwall defender Paul Rooney on a deal until the end of the 2018-19 season for an undisclosed fee. Rooney joined the Lions from League of Ireland side Bohemians in 2016, but never featured for the club. The 20-year-old had a loan spell with National League club Torquay last season, making six appearances.
Delighted to sign for @ColU_Official can’t wait to get going?? thanks to @MillwallFC for everything met some good people and really enjoyed my time there. Wish them all the best in the future ??⚽️ https://t.co/2NE8wJhEBO
— Paul Rooney (@paulr_485) January 24, 2018
- Cheltenham Town could be in hot water after an appeal over two red cards was turned down. Both Taylor Moore and Danny Wright were dismissed during the recent fixture with Mansfield Town, but the appeals have been rejected. Cheltenham said; “Both players will now serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect. The club is extremely disappointed that the appeals have been dismissed and has requested full written reasons from the Regulatory Commissions to the decisions made. At present we can only assume that they were unable to view the incidents clearly due to the distance of the video camera from them and the lack of a clear angle to prove an obvious error by the match officials.” The tempestuous match also saw Gary Johnson sent to the stands and caused the usually mild-mannered John Finnigan to blast Evans and Raynor in the opposition dugout.
- Mansfield have announced a great events for next month… an evening with Steve and Paul. Curiously speaking about himself in the third person, Evans said: “Often what Steve Evans says in the size of a pea gets said, and what gets said in the size of a mountain gets hidden. “So it’s an opportunity for me to take questions and answer them honestly, as I always will do. I am looking forward to it.” Yes, me too Steve. Me too.