Cobblers pull off transfer coup by beating League One rivals to sign midfielder Marc Leonard from Brighton & Hove Albion
The 21-year-old arrived at Sixfields as relatively unheralded central midfielder 12 months ago but he immediately won over supporters with a string of classy performances in the middle of the park. His importance to the team was reflected by the fact he made 48 appearances in all competitions and started all of the final 17 league fixtures, playing a crucial role as Town sealed promotion to League One.
He’s now rejoined on a season-long loan and goes straight into the starting line-up for Saturday’s final pre-season friendly against MK Dons alongside fellow loanee Tyreece Simpson. He’s also penned a new deal at parent club Brighton at the same time.
A whole host of clubs were rumoured to be interested in Leonard this summer following his exploits last season, including Bristol Rovers, Charlton Athletic and Fleetwood Town, but he feels he has unfinished business at Sixfields and is keen to link up with manager Jon Brady once again. Brady himself made no secret of his desire to bring Leonard back to Sixfields, admitting as much within days of promotion being secured.
He becomes the club’s fifth signing this summer, following Patrick Brough, Kieron Bowie, Manny Monthé and Simpson, and is ready to play against MK Dons after training with Brighton during pre-season.