JASON CROWE will continue to train with the Cobblers this week but a formal deal to bring the defender to the club for a second time looks some way off.
The 32-year-old is without a club following his summer exit from Leyton Orient and has been with his former team at Sixfields in a bid to win a contract there.
Crowe would add solid experience to the Town ranks as well as provide manager Gary Johnson with extra options on the field, as he can play full-back on either side as well as in midfield.
He has worn the Northampton jersey more than that of any other club in his 15-year professional career, won promotion with the side in 2006, and is still rated very highly by certain members of the board of directors.
But Crowe, who joined Leeds after severing his Sixfields ties following the club’s relegation in 2009, needs to prove his fitness to Johnson before the matter can be taken any further.
“We’ve got Crowey on trial but he’s got to prove his fitness before we can take it any further,” he said.
“He’s only up the road so it’s handy for both parties and he’s good experience to have around the training ground.
“That will more or less be it. We’ll keep trying to improve where we can, within our budget, and we’re nicking some good players on not a lot of money. We spent quite a bit of the budget quite early and we’ve got three of our big earners out with long-term injuries with (Byron) Webster, Nana and Holty (Andy Holt) being out.
“You never say never because you’ve got to keep looking and you don’t turn Roy of the Rovers away just because you’re not looking,” he said.
“The chairman knows me, he knows if I come up with something I’m going to talk to him about it and see what we can do.”
Johnson also confirmed that midfielder Nathaniel Wedderburn has been made available for loan by the club.
Wedderburn has made a full recovery from the ankle injury he picked up in pre-season, but did not travel to Barnet on Saturday.
“Wedderburn is someone whose name we have circulated because he is someone that needs games,” he said. “He’s fit now so he needs to be playing games. I’ve had a word with him and we’re going to do all we can to get him some games.”