>Johnson with one loan rabbit left to pull out of the hat

>There’s only one more chance, under the short term loan ruling, for Gary Johnson to pull off a final signing before the deadline ends. With three loans sealed last week it leaves the new Town boss with just one final option and a difficult decision to make as to whether he brings in a defender or someone further up the park.

A lot may rest on the fitness of Leon McKenzie. With Billy McKay out for a few weeks, McKenzie will be needed but his stop start season has continued in the last week with the former Peterborough man missing the last couple of games with a knee problem. Should Johnson feel that he’ll be ok for the remainder of the season then the defence will be again looked at.

Ben Tozer was dropped on Tuesday night and there was an indication that moving John Johnson to centre back may become more permanent. Dean Beckwith was taken off at half-time at the B2Net Stadium and the Cobblers boss could be tempted by another defensive signing.

Either way, there could well be a fourth new face for the home fans to take in at the weekend game with Macclesfield Town.

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