THE Cobblers are today expected to announce the first of their new signings as Gary Johnson sets about rebuilding his Sixfields squad.
The player has reportedly agreed a two-year deal to sign on the dotted line, and will be returning to the Cobblers having last season enjoyed a successful loan spell with the club.
He is due to undergo a medical at Sixfields at lunchtime, and if all is well the signing will be announced this afternoon.
Today’s signing, if it goes through, will see the first rewards coming through after manager Johnson’s hard labour in travelling up and down the country, meeting various players and their agents to try to persuade them their future lies at Northampton.
Johnson, who today jets off to Spain for a few days’ break, has been involved in a series of meetings that won’t let up just because he is out of the country - it just means the conversations will take place over the phone instead.
“I’m going away for a little while, but being on a beach somewhere won’t stop me doing my football business,” said Johnson, who has been left with a first-team squad of just 12 players following his end-of-season clearout.
“It’s been a really busy time.
“I have travelled north, south, east and west to meet people and their representatives.
“I need to get players in because, as we know, a lot have moved on.”
Another player that could still be moving on is goalkeeper Chris Dunn, whose future remains unclear.
It is believed that the goalkeeper has been sounded out by a club from a higher level, and has not yet been able to commit himself to the Cobblers, as he is keen on progressing his career.
Johnson is sympathetic to the predicament the player finds himself in, and feels Dunn’s situation is not as clear-cut as it was with Liam Davis, Dean Beckwith and Guillem Bauza, who all left the club last week.
So the Town boss has decided to give youth-team product Dunn a few more days before making a final decision.