Division Three News

Last updated : 18 January 2004 By Matt Carrington

Doncaster Rovers boss Dave Penney has revealed his surprise at having two bids for James Coppinger rejected by Conference side Exeter City.

Scunthorpe United manager Brian Laws has brought in three players on loan deals from Premiership clubs in a bid to revive his sides flagging play-off hopes. Winger Jeff Smith and striker Cleveland Taylor have joined the Iron on month-long deals from Bolton whilst defender Phillip Gulliver has joined from Middlesbrough for a month with a view to a permanent deal.

Sheffield Wednesday defender Jon Beswetherick has joined Macclesfield Town on a one-month loan deal.

Northampton Town boss Colin Calderwood has a made a double swoop by signing Magno Viera and Nabil Abidallah on one-month loan deals. 18-year-old Striker Viera has joined from First Division Wigan and 21-year-old midfielder Abidallah has joined from First Division Ipswich Town.

York City player-boss Chris Brass has admitted that a number of clubs are looking to sign promising midfielder Lee Bullock from the Minstermen. the 22-year-old has been in promising form this season scoring 7 goals and has been heavily linked with a move to First Division Cardiff City during the week. Meanwhile, the game against Huddersfield Town has been switched to Sunday 25th January.

Mansfield Town and Scunthorpe United have agreed to move their league clash to Tuesday 27th January at Glanford Park. The game will kick-off at 7:30pm and was moved due to both sides participating in FA Cup third round matches. Meanwhile, Keith Curle has sent 18-year-old striker Craig Mitchell on loan to Conference side Northwich Victoria on a month's loan.

Cambridge United striker Daniel Chillingworth has had knee surgery and is expected to return to first team action at the end of February. The 22-year-old hasn't played a game since September after a promising start saw him net three goals in his first two games.

Carlisle United player-boss Paul Simpson has extended the loan deal of Walsall striker Matty Fryatt for another month. The 17-year-old returned to the Bescott Stadium for treatment on an injury last week but has recovered and Simpson has brought Fryatt back to the Cumbrians after a number of impressive displays in his first month at the club.

Bury caretaker boss Graham Barrow has been boosted by the return to fitness of Simon Whaley. The midfielder had not participated in a first team game for two months after surgery on a knee injury but has played a part in the last two reserve fixtures.

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has been linked with the managerial post at Premiership side Southampton.

Leyton Orient boss Martin Ling has signed Lloyd Sam on loan from Premiership side Charlton Athletic. The 19-year-old midfielder will spend one month with Orient.

Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy has admitted that he is still interested in bringing Huddersfield Town striker Jonathan Stead to the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats failed to sign Stead earlier in the season when Terriers boss Peter Jackson rejected an £800,000 bid but Jackson has also admitted that he not be able to keep hold of the promising striker for much longer.

Bristol Rovers manager Ray Graydon's future as manager of the club is in doubt after he failed to turn up for the 2-2 draw with Rochdale on Saturday.

Lincoln City midfielder Scott Willis has joined struggling Conference outfit Northwich Victoria on a month-long loan deal.