FL latest: Leeds United welcome duo return, 143 goal striker unsure on future

Adam Le Fondre

Leeds United welcome strikers back, Reading and Leicester City men claim awards, Nottingham Forest release third shirt, Huddersfield Town striker gives reasons for leaving and on-loan Doncaster star talks about his future.

1) Leeds United have been offered a timely boost for their game against Yeovil Town tomorrow, with striking duo Matt Smith and Noel Hunt being available for selection.

Matt Smith has proven to be one of the true Football League bargains this season, scoring seven goals in ten starts for the Yorkshire side. However, more 'proven' striker Noel Hunt has been underwhelming, having still yet to open his account for club.

The return of both players could give recently reinstated manager Brian McDermott the chance to freshen up his selection.

2) The Football League have announced their award winners for January, with the accolades going to Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson and Reading striker Adam Le Fondre.

Prior to the window opening, Le Fondre spoke publicly of his desire to play regular first team football and hinted that he could leave the club. Despite the on-going speculation, he went on to play a huge part in firing Reading back into the play-off positions, scoring two hat-tricks in six games.

And as if it was ever in doubt, Nigel Pearson picked up the manager of the month award for his 100% win record during one of the notoriously more tricky months in the Football League calender.

3) In one of the more bizarre stories of the day, Nottingham Forest have released a limited edition third shirt with just three months left of the season.

The decision to release the shirt so close to the end of the season did perplex fans, but on the whole the design of the shirt was well received. It will be interesting to see how quick the shirt moves off the shelf.

4) Huddersfield Town Striker Jon Stead has expressed his desire to make the most of his loan move to Oldham Ahtletic.

Speaking to The Examiner the former Sunderland striker said: ''I have come to Oldham because I want to play. I could have easily sat it out at Huddersfield and not been interested in playing, but I need games. I love the game.''

Oldham manager Lee Johnson has backed the 30-year-old to make a big impact at Boundary Park, as the ambitious young manager looks to make a late push for the League One play-off places.

5) One of the Football League's most potent strikers Billy Sharp has admitted his future is unclear after signing on-loan until the end of the season with Doncaster Rovers.

Sharp, 28, has scored 143 goals in his nine-year career as a professional footballer, starting out for Sheffield United in the 2004-05 season. He has admitted the loan spell at Doncaster is a good opportunity to put himself in the shop window and hopefully help resolve his future in the summer.

Sharp is a huge fan favourite at the Keepmoat, scoring 40 goals in 82 games during his previous spell and winning their Player of the Year award in the 2010-11 season.

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