The Cobblers have confirmed three signings this evening as the final pieces of the 2011/12 jigsaw come together nicely. None are household names but all bring good promise to the squad as Gary Johnson nears the completion of his transfer dealings.
First up is Bermudan keeper Freddy Hall who comes in on a year long deal. He’s a former Bermuda international and was trained by former Premier League stopper Shaka Hislop. His last club were Bermuda Hogges who play in the USL Premier Development league and recently, he was on trial with Plymouth Argyle. But Hall has decided to sign on at Sixfields as the first replacement for Chris Dunn, who departed last week for Championship side Coventry City. It remains to be seen as to whether another keeper will be brought in to compete for the Number One jersey with questions still remaining as to whether Paul Walker is up to the challenge of holding on to his place on the bench. It would be harsh on the youngster if he were to be pushed out but I envisage a loan spell elsewhere for Walker should his opportunity not arrive just yet.
Signing number two is former Kettering Town midfielder Nick McKoy who also signs a one year deal with the Cobblers. An imposing midfielder who can also play in defence, McKoy scored three times for our neighbours last season after leaving St Johnstone where he had spent the previous couple of years. At 24-Years-Old, it’s a big chance for him to rediscover the Football League after tasting the life in his early career with MK Dons during the evolution of the Franchise and then with Cardiff City and he’ll be desperate to take this opportunity.
And on a day full of news, pacy winger Lewis Young also signs up on a similar deal after leaving Burton Albion at the end of last season. Young made his début at the start of the season for the Brewers but was released from his contract less than a year later. He has impress Johnson enough, though, to become a part of his plans for the season with the Cobblers boss describes him as having “lots of potential”. Brother of Ashley Young, it’ll be a tough ask for Lewis to match his achievements but let’s hope we’ve dug out another star of the future.
There’s already the usual slagging off of players who haven’t kicked a ball for us yet but ignoring those ridiculous comments, we should highlight that Johnson has seen something in all of these guys that stood out over a pool of 24 players that came to try out last week so they must have something pretty decent in their lockers. And when you put it into perspective, this time last season we were signing Alistair Slowe…
Welcome to all three new players!