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Lewis McGugan: Ex-Forest midfielder joins Northampton

Lewis McGugan celebrates scoring for Sheffield Wednesday at Newcastle United in 2015. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have signed former Nottingham Forest midfielder Lewis McGugan on a short-term deal until January.

The 28-year-old, who has also played for Watford and Sheffield Wednesday, moves to Sixfields on a free transfer.

McGugan has been training with the Cobblers for the past few weeks and has impressed manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

"He is an attacking, creative player who can make chances for others and he offers a goal threat from midfield, which is important for us," Hasselbaink said.

"Lewis has an excellent pedigree from a higher level and he is a good age with a fair amount of experience.

"He will be added to the squad for the Checkatrade Trophy game at Peterborough United on Tuesday."

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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
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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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