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Hackett extends stay at Sixfields with new two year deal

Northampton Town midfielder Chris Hackett has signed a new two-year-deal with the club.

The 31-year-old said he was delighted to extend his stay with the Cobblers.

Speaking on the club website Chris Wilder said:

"I am really pleased Chris has decided to stay with us. He is one of the most effective attacking players at this level and as I have said before, when he plays well, we play well."

More on this story on the club website.

Striker Marc Richards rejoins Northampton Town

Marc Richards is back at Sixfields. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have completed the signing of former striker Marc Richards on a three-year contract.

The 31-year-old opted to re-sign for the Cobblers after turning down a new deal with League Two champions Chesterfield.

Richards played over 50 games during his first spell at Sixfields, before he left to join Barnsley in 2005.

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Zander Diamond joins Northampton Town on permanent deal

Zander Diamond in action for Burton Albion. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed on loan defender Zander Diamond on a permanent deal.

The 28-year-old will sign a three-year contract at Sixfields when his contract with Burton Albion expires next month.

Scottish centre-back Diamond joined the Cobblers in February, and played 14 games to help Chris Wilder's side avoid relegation from League Two.

Northampton Town boss Chris Wilder: "It's going to take something special to stop us"

Chris Wilder is confident the Cobblers will survive. Credit: PA

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder is confident his team can take the final step to secure their Football League safety on Saturday.

Having moved out of the bottom two in League Two last weekend, the Cobblers need only a point to ensure survival.

Oxford United stand between Northampton Town and survival. Credit: PA

Their final game is against Wilder's old club Oxford United.

But the Cobblers' boss insists the opposition on Saturday at Sixfields doesn't matter.

"Whether it's Oxford, Scunthorpe, Rochdale or anybody, we really do fancy our chances of winning a game of football," he said.

"And we've got a real drive and desire to finish the job off. It's going to take something special to stop us."

Tranmere defender Evan Horwood in Northampton Town loan switch

Evan Horwood will be hoping to help keep Northampton Town in the Football League. Credit: PA

Tranmere Rovers left back Evan Horwood has joined League Two strugglers Northampton Town on loan until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old will add experience to the Cobblers defence as they continue their battle against relegation from the Football League.

Horwood has played for the likes of Carlisle United and Hartlepool United in his career, and signed for Tranmere Rovers last summer.

He's made 18 appearances in League One so far this campaign, but hasn't featured since January.

Northampton Town bag themselves a Diamond

Zander Diamond has signed for Northampton Town on loan. Credit: PA

Burton Albion defender Zander Diamond has joined League Two strugglers Northampton Town on loan until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old was a regular in the Burton side that made the League Two play-offs last season, but has fallen out of favour this time around.

The arrival of Diamond will help to soften the blow of losing captain Lee Collins, after he was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign yesterday.

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Northampton Town skipper Lee Collins to miss the rest of the season

Lee Collins, seen here in last year's play-off final defeat against Bradford City, has been ruled out for the rest of the season. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have been dealt a blow in their quest to avoid relegation from League Two with the news that captain Lee Collins will be sidelined for the rest of the season.

The centre-half is suffering from a foot tendon injury picked up in the 2-0 home defeat to Plymouth Argyle earlier this month.

“It is a major blow and he will undoubtedly be a big miss for us,” Cobblers boss Chris Wilder told the club's official website.

“I’ve been really impressed with Lee, not just as a player but as a personality and it is times like this when you want your big characters who relish the challenge.

“I don’t want to make too many more changes to the squad because we’ve done that now but with Lee’s injury that might be an area that we do look at.

“It's a key area and it's important that we can be as strong as possible in that department.”

Northampton Town crunch clash given the go-ahead

New Northampton Town boss Chris Wilder will be targeting all three points tonight. Credit: PA

Northampton Town's crucial League Two fixture at Torquay United will go ahead tonight after the pitch was passed as playable following a mid-afternoon inspection.

The Cobblers are six points adrift of Torquay at the foot of the table, and seven points from safety.

Millwall star John Marquis joins Northampton Town on loan, but striker may have to wait for debut with Torquay United clash in doubt

John Marquis has joined Northampton Town on loan. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have completed the loan signing of Millwall striker John Marquis on a deal until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old has already spent time on loan at two other League Two clubs in the shape of Portsmouth and Torquay United since August.

Marquis has made over 40 appearances for Millwall, and scored a last-gasp equaliser on his first senior start for the club against Norwich City in 2010.

Meanwhile, the Cobblers crucial clash against fellow strugglers Torquay United tonight is in doubt with a 3pm pitch inspection planned at Plainmoor.

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