RYAN GILLIGAN has joined the Cobblers’ npower League Two rivals Torquay United on a one-month loan.
The midfielder has found himself out of the Town first team in recent weeks due to the transfer window acquisitions of Josh Walker and Francis Laurent.
And, with Liam Davis and Kevin Thornton back in training yesterday ahead of the weekend trip to Port Vale, manager Ian Sampson gave his blessing to Gilligan to move to the south coast club.
“This is a good opportunity for Ryan to go out and play some games,” said Sampson.
“We have strengthened the squad in the last few weeks and competition for places, particularly in midfield, is tough.
“Ryan has seen his chances restricted in the last few weeks and with Liam Davis, Kevin Thornton and Andy Holt coming back to fitness it made sense to let Ryan move out on loan.
“He is keen to go and play some football and I am sure he will do a good job for them.”
Meanwhile Marcus Hall, who will keep his place at left-back for the game at Vale Park, believes the Cobblers can be one of the top sides in league two – if they stop making silly mistakes.
Town head to Port Vale on the back of a three-game unbeaten run that included a superb 6-2 win over Crewe Alexandra, leaving them well poised for an assault on the play-offs.
And Hall said: “Home support is a big factor and when you’re at home you have a bit more confidence to go and express yourself a bit more.
“There’s a little bit more pressure to put on a performance at home but once you get into the game and settle down your confidence starts to build.
“In away games the performance isn’t at the front of your mind, you’re more concerned about getting a point or whatever.
“But looking at the teams in the league, and we’ve played most of them now, I don’t think there’s anyone better than us.
“It’s just the inconsistency. If we can sort that out and iron out a few errors then we can definitely start to climb the league because our home form has been very good.”