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What's going on? Week 2

Andy Cooke

By Martyn Robinson
July 31 2006

Second Installment: What else is happening around the Coca-Cola League 2. With former Burnley forward Andrew Cooke signing for Shrewsbury after being released by Bradford and Luton Town wanting Hartlepool striker Adam Boyd to replace Steve Howard.

Well here it is Part 2 so lets start with Shrewsbury Town who have tied up the free transfer signing of experienced striker Andy Cooke. The 32-year-old has been training with the League Two side after he was released by Bradford City at the end of last season.

He has put pen to paper on a one-year contract, with the option of a further 12 months at Gay Meadow, and ends Shrews manager Gary Peters' lengthy pursuit for his signature. Cooke was delighted to link up with his home-town club and is hoping to help Shrewsbury mount a promotion challenge this season.

"I'm really looking forward to it," Cooke told the club's official website. "There were a few other options for me, but I feel really at home here.

"The club has moved on so much over the years and there are a lot of things to look forward to for the club. "We want to be up at the top of the table and definitely looking at the promotion places."

Moving on and Championship outfit Luton Town have compensating for the loss of Steve Howard by agreeing a fee for Hartlepool striker Adam Boyd.

The Hatters have been long-term admirers of the front-man and failed in a £500,000 bid for his services back in January.

However with last season's top scorer Howard leaving to join Derby County in a £1 million deal, Luton boss Mike Newell has once again moved for his former charge at Victoria Park.

The 24-year-old will now discuss terms at Kenilworth Road ahead of a switch to the Bedfordshire outfit, snubbing other Championship suitors in the process.

Boyd missed a large majority of last season due to a knee injury, and after Hartlepool's relegation to League Two his future was thrown into doubt.

Cardiff, Norwich and Barnsley were all linked with the man who netted 29 times in the 2004/20005 season, but Luton now appear to be on the brink of landing their long-term target.

The Hatters have seen their squad depleted by high profile departures this summer, with captain Kevin Nicholls joining Leeds United, but Boyd's potential arrival would add depth to a front-line currently comprising of Rowan Vine and Warren Feeney.

Thankyou for reading and remember to look out for part 3 next week!

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