Productive window pleases boss Curle as Cobblers wrap up their January business

Jones' capture tops off 'very good window' for Cobblers

Friday, 31st January 2020, 8:27 pm
Updated Friday, 31st January 2020, 8:35 pm
Keith Curle

Cobblers have turned their attentions to tomorrow's trip to struggling Macclesfield Town after completing their January business with the signing of Lloyd Jones on deadline day.

There'll be no more incomings or outgoings at the PTS and manager Keith Curle is more than happy with his side's business this month.

Curle was content to bide his time initially, waiting until January 25 to make his first addition when winger Mark Marshall joined on a contract until the end of the season, but that was quickly followed by three loan signings.

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Central midfielder James Olayinka and striker Callum Morton joined from Arsenal and West Brom respectively before Cobblers capped off their business by snapping up defender Lloyd Jones from Luton Town on deadline day.

With the club turning down offers for a couple of their key men, Billy Waters was the only player to leave this month, heading to Newport County on loan.

Midfielder Paul Anderson and defender Michael Harriman also extended their contracts until the end of the season.

“I think it’s been a very good window and everyone has worked hard," said Curle. "I appreciate the support we have had in not only adding to our existing squad but ensuring we kept it together.

"The fact we didn’t have to sell any of our better players, who are obviously in demand because of our excellent form, is a real positive. We have a good squad which has got stronger this month.”

Chairman Kelvin Thomas said recently: "We've turned down offers for a couple of our players from higher clubs during this window.

"There's no pressure on Keith to sell and that's something we've done consistently in our time here because it's not always about who you bring in, it's who you keep at the club."

It's also been an excellent month on the pitch for Northampton, who shocked Burton Albion in the FA Cup and then drew with Derby County in the next round, all while maintaining their push towards the automatic promotion spots in Sky Bet League Two.

The focus now is all on the trip to Macclesfield Town tomorrow.