Northampton Town: New faces on the way to Sixfields

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COBBLERS chairman David Cardoza is confident the club will have ‘one or two’ new signings in place by the end of the week.

And Cardoza has confirmed that this summer he will break his personal policy of not paying agents’ fees to enable manager Gary Johnson to bring in a squad capable of challenging for promotion.

Johnson confirmed last week that he was interested in recruiting Peterborough United midfielder Arron Davies to Sixfields, while Jake Robinson – who was released by Shrewsbury Town last week – is also on the Northampton radar.

Cardoza did not name any of the players likely to arrive at the club, but confirmed some business will take place in the next few days.

“There’s plenty going on and hopefully we’ll have one or two new signings tied up by the end of the week,” he said.

“We’re very hopeful we’ll get one done this week and maybe another one a bit later in the week as well.

“People haven’t seen much going on but there has been an awful lot going on behind the scenes, there’s been a lot of negotiating but it’s all onwards and upwards.

“We’re spending a bit of money but we’ve got to take a view that the supporters will turn up if the team does well.

“We’re going to have a much better team this year than we have for a few years and I’m expecting and hoping that gates will improve.”

Cardoza has been loathe to pay any player’s representative a fee for setting up a transaction in the past, but has reversed that policy this summer as he feels it is a necessary evil when it comes to outbidding rival clubs.

“A lot of the players we’re bringing in are quite sought-after so we’re having to give money to agents to get them in and I’m not really used to that because I don’t like doing it,” he said.

“This year, we’ve had to. I still don’t really want to but these players are players a lot of clubs want and we have to do it otherwise they go elsewhere.”

Meanwhile, former Cobblers boss Ian Sampson has emerged as a strong contender for the vacant manager’s job at Kettering Town.

The Poppies are without a first-team coach following Marcus Law’s resignation a fortnight ago.