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League Two news roundup: 1-7 December 2017


Joe Jones

What's been happening in League Two over the last week?

Here is Pride of Nottingham's round-up of the biggest League Two news from the last seven days.

- Morecambe defender Sam Lavelle will serve a two-match ban for 'deceiving a match official' in earning a penalty in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Carlisle United, the Shrimps unsuccessfully appealing the suspension.

- Exeter City re-signed centre-back Danny Seaborne, who began his career with the Grecians and helped the club win promotion from the National League to League One between 2007 and 2009, as cover for Troy Brown and Luke Croll. Seaborne had been without a club since leaving Hamilton Academical in the summer.

- Yeovil Town signed free agent Oscar Gobern - who left Scottish club Ross County in the summer and has played for Southampton, Huddersfield Town, Queens Park Rangers and Mansfield Town - on non-contract terms until the end of the season.

- Cambridge United changed the name of their ground back to the Abbey Stadium after eight years. They initially sold naming rights in 2009 and the ground had been known as the Cambs Glass Stadium since 2015 but the company has allowed the club to return to its traditional stadium name.

- Newport County manager Mike Flynn claimed that he would rather spend any FA Cup prize money on a new training ground than new players for his squad in January - and with the Exiles having drawn Championship side Leeds United in the third round, more funds will be coming their way.

- Notts County are being "challenged financially" because of their success this season, says owner Alan Hardy, with over £40,000 a month being paid out to players and management on win bonuses.

- Carlisle United defender Clint Hill has revealed that he could play on towards his 40th birthday if his side mount a play-off challenge this season, saying: "I'm pushing 40 next year - maybe it'd be time to hang up my boots, but it depends how the next 20-odd games go."

- Forest Green Rovers have signed midfielder Dayle Grubb from non-league side Weston-super-Mare for an undisclosed fee, the 26-year-old having scored 29 times so far in the 2017 calendar year, and will join Forest Green on 1 January, leaving his job as a sports teacher in the process.

- More criticism came the way of the EFL/Checkatrade Trophy after Leicester City fielded an Under-21 side with six over-age players, three internationals and transfer fees worth around £45m in their 2-1 second-round win at Scunthorpe United, while Michy Batshuayi played for Chelsea in the competition a day after turning out against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

- Chesterfield have signed Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Cameron Dawson on an emergency loan deal until January as cover for first choice Joe Anyon, who broke his arm in the EFL Trophy defeat at Fleetwood Town.

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