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Leon Barnett: Northampton Town snap up defender

Leon Barnett has moved to Sixfields. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed former Norwich City defender Leon Barnett on a two-year deal.

The 31-year-old will move to Sixfields on a free transfer when his contract expires at fellow League One club Bury on July 1.

Centre-back Barnett has previously played in the Premier League for Norwich and West Brom, and started his professional career at Luton Town.

Leon is a dominant, leader type centre half who puts his body on the line.

He has played a lot of his football in the top two tiers with a fair amount of success and he has a lot of quality.

Leon has three promotions from the Championship to the Premier League on his CV and we believe the qualities he has will be a big help to the squad.

He is another good character, he is a winner, he is mobile, aggressive, big and brave and I think he will fit in well.

– Justin Edinburgh, Northampton Town manager

Elsewhere, Southend United have announced that winger Will Atkinson will join League Two club Mansfield Town after he rejected a new deal at Roots Hall while Colchester United striker Chris Porter has joined Crewe Alexandra on a two-year contract.

Meanwhile, former Gillingham midfielder Emmanuel Osadebe has moved to Cambridge United.


George Smith: Northampton Town sign Gateshead defender

George Smith previously played for Barnsley. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed left-back George Smith from non-league side Gateshead for an undisclosed fee.

The 20-year-old played 38 games in the National League last season after leaving Championship club Barnsley.

Smith helped the Tykes gain promotion from League One in 2015/16, making 25 appearances, and also had a loan spell at Crawley Town.

He has agreed a two-year deal at Sixfields and will provide competition for fellow full-back David Buchanan.

He has a lot of ability, he is a talented boy and he has a fantastic attitude.

David Buchanan did really well for us last season, but as we have spoken about before, we didn't always have competition for places, players challenging each other and the necessary depth in the squad, and George's signing helps with that.

He has performed well in League 1 before, we think he is a very good player with a bright future ahead of him. He is someone who will only improve further and we are delighted he will be joining us.

– Justin Edinburgh, Northampton Town manager

Elsewhere, Peterborough United have announced that 18-year-old goalkeeper Josh Tibbetts will join them on a two-year deal once his deal with Championship side Birmingham City ends next month.

Northampton Town sign 62-goal non-league striker

Leon Lobjoit (in sky blue) has moved to Northampton Town. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed prolific striker Leon Lobjoit from non-league club Buckingham Town.

The 22-year-old has scored a remarkable 62 goals in 36 games for the United Counties League Division One side this season and impressed during a recent trial with the Cobblers.

He was on the books at both MK Dons and Coventry City as a teenager, but failed to make an impact in their first teams.

Lobjoit, who has signed a two-year contract at Sixfields, will have to wait until next season to make his Northampton debut though due to transfer window rules.

He has a phenomenal goalscoring record this season and his attitude since coming in has been first class. Leon knows this is an important opportunity for him and he is determined to take it. We are delighted to give a player performing brilliantly in non-league football locally a chance.

We know he will be making a big jump up in standard so we will be patient with him but we feel he has got all the attributes to be a success and we look forward to working with him.

– Justin Edinburgh, Northampton Town manager

Northampton Town dealt Revell injury blow

Alex Revell has been ruled out for the next month or so. Credit: PA

Northampton Town striker Alex Revell is facing a spell on the sidelines after picking up a calf injury.

The 33-year-old has scored eight goals since joining the club in the summer but has now been ruled out for between four and six weeks.

Revell sustained the injury in Saturday's 5-3 defeat at MK Dons, and joins fellow forward Sam Hoskins in the treatment room.

We’ve already lost Sam Hoskins for the rest of the season and we are going to need reinforcements more than ever now.

To lose Sam for the rest of the season and now Alex for the next few weeks is a blow but we have to deal with it and when one door closes another one opens. I feel for the group but it’s an opportunity for others to grasp.

– Justin Edinburgh, Northampton Town manager

Crystal Palace striker joins Northampton Town on loan

Keshi Anderson in action for Crystal Palace. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed striker Keshi Anderson on loan from Crystal Palace until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old is Justin Edinburgh's first signing since taking over as manager last week.

Anderson caught the eye of Palace after impressing for Bedfordshire non-league side Barton Rovers.

Since his move to Selhurst Park, he has also spent time on loan at Doncaster Rovers and Bolton Wanderers.

Keshi is a lively, mobile forward who is full of energy and who will complement the strikers already here.

I felt we needed a striker who could stretch defences and worry them with speed and movement, and Keshi can do that.

He has a lot of pace and he is a clever footballer, he has knowledge beyond his age and experience and he will do a good job for us.

– Justin Edinburgh, Northampton Town manager


Northampton Town appoint Edinburgh as new boss

Justin Edinburgh. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have appointed former Gillingham boss Justin Edinburgh as their new manager.

The 47-year-old takes over from Rob Page who was sacked earlier this week.

Edinburgh spent the majority of his playing career at Tottenham Hotspur, and has previously managed the likes of Rushden and Diamonds and Newport County.

He was recently dismissed by Gillingham with the club in 17th place in League One at the time.

He's agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract at Sixfields.

We spoke with a lot of managers this week and had a lot of applications, but Justin’s teams have always impressed me with the energy that they play even back to his Rushden days.

I have also spoken to a lot of people in the game and had very positive feedback. He knows how to get results especially when going into clubs.

We have talked a lot today about the squad and he is excited about starting to work with them on Monday. He thinks we have good players, that he knows well, and is confident of winning football matches with this group.

We have also talked about his time at Gillingham and why that ended, and it certainly feels like he has learnt a tremendous amount from that experience which will hopefully be to the benefit of Northampton Town Football Club.

– Kelvin Thomas, Northampton Town chairman

Northampton Town move for right-back Eardley

Neal Eardley could make his debut against Scunthorpe on Saturday. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed experienced defender Neal Eardley to help ease their injury crisis.

The Cobblers are currently short of options at right-back due to a succession of injuries to players in that position, and have now brought in Eardley on a deal until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old has moved to Sixfields on a free transfer after his contract at Scottish club Hibernian expired.

Eardley has previously played in the Premier League for Blackpool and has 16 senior caps for Wales to his name.

With the Cobblers currently without a manager following the sacking of Rob Page earlier this week, the move was sanctioned by Chief Executive James Whiting.

With Brendan Moloney and Aaron Phillips currently unavailable through injury and Paul Anderson also sustaining an injury last weekend it become a priority to sign a right back ahead of this weekend’s game.

– James Whiting, Northampton Town Chief Executive
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