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Zakuani and McCourt make Northampton Town moves

Gaby Zakuani (left) and Jak McCourt have both made the move to Sixfields. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed former Peterborough United defender Gaby Zakuani on a free transfer.

The Congolese international made more than 200 appearances for Posh but was released this summer.

30-year-old Zakuani has agreed a one-year contract at Sixfields.

Gaby is a huge character and is an excellent addition.

He will be a big presence, not just on the pitch but in the dressing room as well and will be perfect for some of the younger members of the squad to look up to and learn from.

He has given fine service to the clubs he has represented and I'm sure he will do the same for Northampton Town.

– Rob Page, Northampton Town manager

The Cobblers have also brought in ex-Barnsley midfielder Jak McCourt who was released following the Tykes' promotion to The Championship.

McCourt had a spell on loan at Port Vale under Rob Page's management last year.

He has agreed a two-year deal.

Luton Town to host Aston Villa in first round of EFL Cup

Luton Town will welcome Aston Villa to Kenilworth Road. Credit: PA

Luton Town have been handed a home tie against recently relegated Aston Villa in the first round of the League Cup.

Villa will visit Kenilworth Road on the week commencing August 8.

There's also a plum tie for Cambridge United who will host last season's Championship play-off finalists Sheffield Wednesday.

Ipswich Town take on Stevenage at Portman Road for the second year running, while Northampton Town travel to Barnsley.

Colchester United are on the road at Brighton and Hove Albion, but Southend United and Peterborough United have home ties against Gillingham and AFC Wimbledon respectively.

MK Dons travel to Newport County.

Norwich City will enter the competition at the next stage.

  • Barnsley v Northampton Town
  • Brighton and Hove Albion v Colchester United
  • Cambridge United v Sheffield Wednesday
  • Ipswich Town v Stevenage
  • Luton Town v Aston Villa
  • Newport County v MK Dons
  • Peterborough United v AFC Wimbledon
  • Southend United v Gillingham

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Cornell joins Northampton Town as Clarke heads for exit

David Cornell (left) has joined Northampton Town, but Ryan Clarke is heading to AFC Wimbledon. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed former Swansea City goalkeeper David Cornell on a free transfer.

The 25-year-old Welshman has agreed a two-year at Sixfields.

Cornell has been a free agent since he was released by Oldham Athletic earlier this summer.

He will now compete with Adam Smith for the number one jersey.

David is a good signing for us.

He will come in to challenge and compete with Adam Smith and he has knowledge and experience of playing at this level.

He has a good pedigree and I'm sure he will fit in well in the dressing room.

I think he was unfortunate to have been released by Oldham but hopefully their loss can be our gain.

– Rob Page, Northampton Town manager

Meanwhile, veteran 'keeper Ryan Clarke has left Northampton to join fellow League One side AFC Wimbledon.

Northampton Town sign Coventry defender

Defender Aaron Phillips has signed for Northampton Town. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed defender Aaron Phillips after he was released by Coventry City.

The 22-year-old right back made 61 appearances for Coventry City, including 26 appearances last season.

Aaron is a very welcome addition to the squad.

He is a young player with potential, but he also has a fair amount of experience in League 1 and that is important.

– Rob Page, Northampton Town Manager

Meanwhile, Cobblers midfielder Danny Rose has rejected a new deal at the club and has decided to sign for Portsmouth instead.

Huge increase in season ticket sales at Northampton Town

Fans will be flocking to Sixfields nest season. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have revealed that season ticket sales have already increased by more than 50% compared to the same period last year.

The Cobblers have sold 3,260 tickets so far and that number is expected to rise throughout the summer.

Rob Page's side will be playing in League One next season following their promotion from League Two.

It is quite an incredible increase already and we expect the number to grow over the rest of the summer. I think it is fair to say that we expected some level of increase but to reach a 52% increase already is just fantastic.

It shows the trust in what the club are doing and the excitement in the community for next season.

This demand is even more impressive because the fixtures aren’t even out yet. We are expecting some big games next season and therefore we think sales will increase as new players join us and the fixtures are known.

Thank you for all the support and the positive comments.

– Kelvin Thomas, Northampton Town chairman

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