The Cobblers have signed sacked Leicester City goalkeeper Adam Smith.
Shamed Smith was recently dismissed by the Foxes for his part in what was branded a ‘racist sex-tape scandal’, with the story hitting the front page of the Sunday Mirror newsaper.
The incident happened on Leicester’s end-of-season tour to Thailand.
Along with Leicester squad-mates James Pearson and Tom Hopper, Smith was filmed in an orgy with Thai women, with one of the women being racially abused.
Smith was not the player guilty of making the racial comment, but has apologised for his part in the incident, saying he is ‘sorry and deeply ashamed’.
Despite the apology, the 22-year-old, along with Pearson and Hopper, was sacked by the Foxes earlier this month, but has been given the chance to resurrect his career at Sixfields.
“We understand there will be talk and discussion regarding what happened while Adam was at Leicester,” said Cobblers manager Chris Wilder.
“But I also think we all understand we live in a society that offers people second chances.
“I have met the boy, he is obviously disappointed in what’s happened and sorry for his actions, and he has to move on and get on with his life and his career.
“We have given him an opportunity to do that at this football club.”
Smith himself is full of remorse for what happened on the end-of-season tour.
“Everybody knows I got myself into a situation which I am deeply ashamed of, and sorry for,” said Smith, who has signed a two-year deal with Northampton.
“I am just pleased that the manager here has given me a second chance, and it is now down to me to do the business on the training ground, and hopefully on match day.
“All three of us that took part in what happened are ashamed and sorry.”
Smith will be given the squad number one at Sixfields, and is the first goalkeeper signed following the release at the end of last season of Matt Duke and Shwan Jalal.
Sunderland-born, he has been at Leicester City for four-and-and-a-half years, without making a first-team appearance for the club.
Smith has played 12 senior games to date, and one of them was at Wembley Stadium while on loan at Cambridge United.
The shot-stopper was between the sticks as the Us beat Gateshead to win promotion to the Football League via the play-off final in May, 2014. and he has also played on loan at Nuneaton and Mansfield Town.
The Cobblers are expected to sign a second goalkeeper in the next few days.