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Matt Crooks: Northampton Town sign Rangers midfielder

Matt Crooks starred on loan for Scunthorpe United last season. Credit: EMPICS Sport

Northampton Town have signed midfielder Matt Crooks from Scottish giants Rangers for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Scunthorpe United and started his career at Huddersfield Town.

Scunthorpe were keen on striking a permanent deal, but the Cobblers jumped to the front of the queue.

Crooks has agreed a three-year contract at Sixfields.

He is a very talented player with a big future ahead of him. He has played at this level and was one of the best players coming out of League 2 when he went to Rangers. We feel he has the potential to get even better and believe he is a top signing for us.

He will bring a calming influence to the team. He is comfortable on the ball and also flexible in that he can play in front of the back four or further forward too.

Matt will form part of a strong and well balanced midfield unit where we have options and competition and we are looking forward to seeing how it all fits into place.

– Justin Edinburgh, Northampton Town manager

Meanwhile, Stevenage have signed former Reading defender Terence Vancooten following a successful trial.


Yaser Kasim: Northampton Town sign Iraq international

Kasim spent four years at Swindon. Credit: Scott Heavey/EMPICS Sport

Northampton Town have signed Iraq international Yaser Kasim after he rejected the offer of a new contract at League Two side Swindon Town.

The 26-year-old defensive midfielder has agreed a two-year deal at Sixfields, despite reported interest from Bristol City in The Championship and clubs in Portugal.

Kasim, who was also previously linked with Premier League duo Swansea City and West Ham United, made more than 130 appearances for Swindon during his four-year spell at The County Ground.

In his time at Swindon the form he showed led to him being linked with Premier League clubs and we believe we can help him produce those displays on a consistent basis in a Northampton Town shirt.

We have a very good player on our hands and we are sure he will prove an excellent addition to the squad. We have been looking for this type of player who balances well with the other midfield players at the club and we are delighted to have signed Yaser.

– Justin Edinburgh, Northampton Town manager

Meanwhile, Luton Town have signed Barnsley striker Elliot Lee on a free transfer.

The 22-year-old had a loan spell at Kenilworth Road in 2015 and will join up with his brother Olly who also plays for the Hatters.

Former MK Dons striker Dean Bowditch joins Cobblers

The Cobblers have signed Bowditch on a two year contract Credit: Northampton Town/Twitter

Northampton Town have signed former MK Dons striker Dean Bowditch on a two-year contract.

The 31-year-old was released by the League one side at the end of the last season.

He'd spent six years at Stadium MK and was part of the squad which won promotion to the Championship in 2015.

Cobblers manager manager Justin Edinburgh told the club's website: " We are really pleased to bring Dean to the club."

"He is a versatile attacking player, he can play as a striker, as a midfielder or in the hole and he gives us options. We have spoken a lot about putting together a well balanced attacking unit with options and Dean fits in with that policy."


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
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