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Aug 6, 2012

Rhodes block, Blackpool rocked

Welcome to The Trawler, your weekly submersion through the teeming waters of life in the Championship, League One and League Two. You might be surprised what you find down there.

Rhodes block?

It's still unclear where Jordan Rhodes will be scoring goals this season. The prolific Huddersfield striker continues to linked with a move away from the newly-promoted Championship club, but their chairman, Dean Hoyle, believes they can keep hold of the 22-year-old - at least until January.

"I'm very confident he'll be with us at the start of the season," Hoyle told BBC radio. "Every player has their price but Jordan is special."

The rumour mill says otherwise. According to the Mirror, Rhodes is set to turn down a move to the Premier League with Fulham and join relegated Blackburn for £6 million. They say the lure of a £2 million annual salary will be too much for Rhodes to resist, and that the deal could be done as early as Thursday.

Blackpool rocked

The first round of the Capital One Cup threw up a major shock as League Two Morecombe won away at Championship promotion hopefuls Blackpool. It was Blackpool's first competitive match since losing in the play-off final to West Ham and not the start to the campaign manager Ian Holloway would have wanted.

"The way we played in the first half, we don't deserve to beat anyone," Holloway admitted. "We played a terrible brand of football and if my lads think that's what I'm after then they're very wrong."

Diouf joins Leeds

The ever-lovable El-Hadji Diouf has joined Leeds United on a "non-contract basis" for the new Championship season. The 31-year-old Senegal international turned out for Doncaster during the 2011-12 campaign, and clearly did enough in a week's trial at Elland Road to secure a deal.

Diouf made his debut as a substitute in Leeds' 4-0 League Cup win against Shrewsbury.

Bellamy back home again

Craig Bellamy has left Liverpool to rejoin his hometown club Cardiff and put back on the No. 39 shirt. The 33-year-old talked down the notion of having "unfinished business" after failing to lead City to the Premier League in his last spell at the club - simply pledging to go out and try to win every game he plays in.

"The fans have always appreciated me at Cardiff City and it was a pleasure to be here last time around and I felt at home," Bellamy said. "The media were great as well. I feel people understand me here and it's great to be back."

Bellamy can only have been encouraged by his team's 4-1 defeat of Premier League Newcastle at the weekend. Aron Gunnarsson scored a brace for Malky Mackay's team, in a friendly that marked the first time Cardiff have worn their new red shirts before a home crowd. You may remember the club's owners made the controversial decision to switch from the traditional blue.

Barker takes over at Crawley

Richie Barker has left Bury to take the vacant manager's job at their League One rivals Crawley Town. Bury's board did everything they could to convince him to stay, but Barker clearly sees more potential in what he can achieve with the Red Devils (either that or they offered him a truckload more money).

"I think what we need to do firstly is stay in this division and then we'll be looking to go and push on from there," Barker told BBC Sussex radio. "We need to make sure we're not going to run before we walk."

Di Canio corner

Swindon's new season gets going on Tuesday night with a trip to face Brighton in a televised Capital One Cup clash and manager Paolo Di Canio will have his expectations set sky high as usual.

"I always expect special things," Di Canio said. "Special for me is with good organisation, good quality, discipline. This is the special thing that I expect from the start of the season."

Watford spree continues

Watford have picked up their eighth new signing of the summer after completing a loan deal for Udinese striker Alex Geijo. "I'm excited to come here, and to be working with someone like Gianfranco Zola is great for me," Geijo said.

Port Vale contracts signed

All but one of Port Vale's players have signed a contract committing to the new season. The news comes after the PFA was contacted, asking if anything signed now would still stand when Vale eventually find new buyers. The club are currently in administration, and have been since March.

Manager Micky Adams said: "I am relieved that the majority of players have committed their futures to Port Vale at such a difficult time, although I'm also disappointed that this situation has presented an opportunity for one of our players to leave the club."

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