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Samaritans charity hail Clarke Carlisle's "bravery" after star speaks out about suicide attempt

Clarke Carlisle has revealed that he attempted to take his own life. Credit: PA

The Samaritans charity have hailed the bravery of Clarke Carlisle after the former Northampton Town defender revealed to a national newspaper that he tried to take his own life.

Carlisle told The Sun that he'd battled with depression after his playing career came to an end and that he threw himself in front of a lorry on the A64 in Yorkshire in the hope that he would be killed.

"It takes a lot of strength to raise these issues. We commend him for being so brave and speaking so openly about the feelings which led him to try to take his own life.

Because he has spoken out, we hope others will feel able to share their own feelings if they are struggling to cope and crucially, ask for help."

– Samaritans

Samaritans helpline: 08457 90 90 90


Northampton Town land Moloney on permanent deal

Brendan Moloney (left) in action for Bristol City. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have completed the permanent signing of defender Brendan Moloney.

The right-back has impressed at Sixfields while on loan from Yeovil Town, and has now agreed a three-and-a-half year contract.

"He has an excellent attitude both on and off the field, he has settled in well to the group in the dressing room and we are really pleased Brendan has become a permanent addition."

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager

Cobblers join football world in support for Clarke Carlisle

Northampton Town Football Club say their thoughts and prayers are with former player Clarke Carlisle, who's said to be fighting for his life in hospital after being hit by a lorry in Yorkshire.

It's believed he was airlifted to hospital after a serious incident involving a lorry and a pedestrian on the A64, near York, yesterday morning. Carlisle, a former Chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association, finished his career with Northampton after 16 years in the game.

Clarke Carlisle is belived to be fighting for his life in hospital Credit: PA

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Northampton Town midfielder O'Toole moves to Southend United on loan

John-Joe O'Toole in action for Bristol Rovers last season. Credit: PA

Southend United have completed the loan signing of Northampton Town midfielder John-Joe O'Toole.

The 26-year-old only moved to Sixfields in the summer, but has so far struggled to live up to expectations.

Northampton boss Chris Wilder says that the club made the decision to allow O'Toole to leave on loan until January 24 after the former Colchester man made it clear that he felt he would benefit from time away.

“We had a meeting with John-Joe to try and find out why we haven’t been able to get the best out of him and why he hasn’t been able to produce anything near what he is capable of.

He came up with the suggestion that he might fancy a loan move and I didn’t want to stand in his way."

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager


Northampton Town: Record-breaking Toney switch falls through

Highly-rated Northampton Town striker Ivan Toney will not be joining Championship side Wolves. Credit: PA

Highly-rated Northampton Town striker Ivan Toney will not be joining Championship side Wolves after a proposed deal collapsed today.

An undisclosed fee, which would have been a record sale for the Cobblers, was agreed but the move fell through.

The 18-year-old has attracted admiring glances from clubs in The Premier League and The Championship since breaking into the Northampton team.

Northampton Town move for Chesterfield midfielder Banks

Ollie Banks in action for Chesterfield. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed Chesterfield midfielder Ollie Banks on loan until January.

The 22-year-old was part of the Spireites team that won promotion to League One last season, scoring seven goals.

Banks joins former Chesterfield teammate Marc Richards at Sixfields.

Northampton Town striker Toney closes in on Wolves move

Ivan Toney is set for a switch to Molineux. Credit: PA

Highly-rated Northampton Town striker Ivan Toney is closing in on a move to Championship side Wolves, according to reports in the midlands.

It's understood that the 18-year-old had a medical yesterday, and is today expected to complete an initial loan move with a view to a permanent switch in the new year.

The transfer could net the Cobblers in excess of £500,000, rising towards £1million in add-ons.

Toney has scored six goals for Northampton so far this season, but he was left out of the Cobblers team that beat Stevenage on Saturday amid mounting speculation about his future.

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