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Burgess swaps Premier bid for Notts landing

FORMER Ireland U21 cap Ben Burgess has swapped a possible Premier League campaign for a contract with League One side Notts County.

Burgess helped Blackpool win promotion from the Championship last season and though he was out of contract, it was reported that boss Ian Holloway would offer him a new one-year deal.

But that offer didn't materialise and Notts manager Craig Short was happy to snap up Burgess, his old team-mate at Blackburn Rovers.

"He was a young lad when I was at Blackburn and I've followed his career ever since, from Brentford to Blackpool," said Short. "I didn't think there was any chance we would get him, because there were other clubs interested in him.

"But I met him a couple of weeks ago and he was really keen to come here from the start, which was great. He has a huge physical presence that will benefit Lee Hughes."



Keane hands new deal to O'Connor

Roy Keane has rewarded Cork-born defender Shane O'Connor with a new two-year contract.

The young defender joined Ipswich at the start of last season after a spell with Liverpool and O'Connor made a big impact at Portman Road, making 13 appearances and winning praise from Keane, who has now signed him up until 2012.

"I'm delighted to have been given the opportunity to stay at the club," said O'Connor. "I was happy with the progress I made. Now I have to look to build on that next season."

Keane is busy building a new squad for the coming season but he has been told that he must offload players before he can sign any new men. The Irish quartet of Alan Quinn, Colin Healy, Owen Garvan and Alex Bruce have all been made available for transfer by Keane.


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