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Football League media talk 21/02/14

21 February 2014

Here are Friday 21st February's hot topics in the eyes of the media that cover The Football League:

Leeds set for McDaid deal (Yorkshire Post): Leeds United are closing in on the signing of 18-year-old Irish striker Robbie McDaid after the Glenavon man scored twice as a trialist in a game for the Sky Bet Championship this week.

Deeney goes back to what he knows best (Watford Observer): Watford striker Troy Deeney says he is back to the "big physical me" after admitting he was "trying to be a player" during the Hornets' poor run of form earlier in the season.

Charlton looking at loans (London 24): Charlton Athletic owner Roland Duchatelet says the Addicks are working on loan signings - with Queens Park Rangers winger Shaun Wright-Phillips and Crystal Palace midfielder Jonny Williams reported to be among the Championship club's targets.

Seasiders are fully fit (Blackpool Gazette): Blackpool are in a rare position ahead of the weekend - they have a fully-fit squad with everyone cleared for action, having been down to as few as 13 fit senior players earlier this year.

Fringe players need consistency - Johnson (Western Gazette): Yeovil Town's fringe players can play a part in the Glovers' survival bid this season - but they will need to show more consistency, according to boss Gary Johnson.

No deal for Neill (Lancashire Telegraph): Blackburn Rovers have had their former skipper Lucas Neill training with them - but manager Gary Bowyer says the club will not be re-signing the 35-year-old.

Afobe targets happy return (Sheffield Telegraph): Benik Afobe had a loan spell with Huddersfield Town in the 2010/11 season - and he is targeting a happy return against them with current employers Sheffield Wednesday as he faces the Terriers for the first time since that period.

Blues hope for more away joy (Birmingham Mail): Birmingham City have taken more than half of their points this season in away games - and manager Lee Clark is hoping for that to continue when they travel to Blackpool on Saturday.

City consider Konchesky appeal (Leicester Mercury): Leicester City are considering whether to appeal the red card given to defender Paul Konchesky in Wednesday night's 2-2 draw at promotion rivals Nottingham Forest.

Karanka has Given plans (Northern Echo): Shay Given will play the final game of his loan spell at Middlesbrough tomorrow, against Leeds United, with Boro boss Aitor Karanka confident they will cope once the 37-year-old returns to Aston Villa - but he hasn't yet decided who his new number one will be.

Bolton's eyes on Swede (Bolton News): Bolton Wanderers are closing in on a decision over the future of 22-year-old Swedish international full-back Mikael Dyrestam, with the former Gothenburg man having been on trial at the Reebok Stadium.

Rams to decide on Naylor next week (Derby Telegraph): Derby County will decide next week on whether to offer 33-year-old former Wolves and Celtic left-back Lee Naylor a contract.

Bidwell takes top award (BBC Sport): Brentford left-back Jake Bidwell has been named as the Football League's Young Player of the Month for January.

Brothers to face off (Stoke Sentinel): Port Vale's Joe Davis will face his brother Harry on Saturday as the Valiants take on Crewe Alexandra in Sky Bet League 1 - but there will be no family loyalty according to Vale's assistant manager Mark Grew.

Smith - We can make history (Express and Star): Dean Smith says his current crop of Walsall players can make history for the club - and has hailed their 1980s spirit as the 30th anniversary of the Saddlers reaching the Semi-Finals of the League Cup is celebrated.

Jackett owes his career to Bradley Walsh (Birmingham Mail): Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett has revealed that he owes his career in football to an unexpected figure - TV personality Bradley Walsh!

Cotterill's warning to City players (Bristol Post): Steve Cotterill has warned his Bristol City players to look forward not back in their bid to stay out of the Sky Bet League 1 relegation zone with the Robins having climbed to 17th on the back of three games unbeaten.

League form is Posh priority (Peterborough Telegraph): League 1 form is now the priority for Peterborough United with boss Darren Ferguson wanting his side to establish themselves in the Play-Off places by the time they head to Wembley in March for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final.

Bees 'should sign up Judge' - Douglas (Get West London): Alan Judge has made a big impact after joining Brentford on loan from Blackburn Rovers - so much so that his fellow Bee Jonathan Douglas reckons the Londoners should sign the winger on a permanent deal.

Clough considers Davies deal (Sheffield Star): Nigel Clough has taken Ben Davies to Sheffield United on loan from Derby County to the end of the season - and says the incentive is there for the 32-year-old midfielder to earn himself a longer deal.

Striker concerns for Fleetwood (Fleetwood Today): Fleetwood Town will be without two front-line strikers - David Ball and Jamille Matt - when they take on Mansfield Town in Sky Bet League 2 on Saturday.

Busy spell could serve Stags well (Mansfield Chad): A busy spell of games could be just what Mansfield Town need to get themselves away from the League 2 relegation battle, according to midfielder Lee Stevenson.

Straker out to mark memorable week (Echo): Southend United's Anthony Straker wants to get three points at York City tomorrow to mark the most memorable week of his life having become a father for the first time.

Barcham hopes baby doesn't rush (Scunthorpe Telegraph): Portsmouth and Scunthorpe United face off on Saturday with Pompey's former Iron Andy Barcham hoping to face his old club - even though his wife is due to give birth to their first child on the day of the game.

Walker loving life with Pools (Hartlepool Mail): It is a season to remember so far for 17-year-old Brad Walker who is relishing his first campaign as a professional footballer.

Sheridan in no rush on contracts (Plymouth Herald): Plymouth Argyle have several players out of contract at the end of the 2013/14 season, but manager John Sheridan is in no rush to offer them new terms.

Spireites told to focus on promotion (Derbyshire Times): Chesterfield are heading back to Wembley next month for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final but club captain Ian Evatt has urged the squad to put thoughts of that on the back-burner and focus on their promotion push.

Rowett - Albion are better equipped now (Burton Mail): Burton Albion have shipped ten goals in their last two visits to Bristol Rovers, including a 7-1 defeat in 2012, but manager Gary Rowett says his Brewers are a far tougher prospect now.

Yates - I have no problem with Zebroski (Western Daily Press): Cheltenham Town head to Newport County tomorrow with Robins boss Mark Yates explaining that he has "absolutely no problem" with striker Chris Zebroski, who is with the Welsh club having had his time with Cheltenham ended by mutual consent last season.

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