It’s the deadline day deal we’ve been fearing as Shaun Harrad has been allowed to join League One side Bury this afternoon after passing a medical and agreeing terms with the promoted Shakers. There’s still plenty of question marks over the move and it seems personal issues are the main reason for his departure.
If it is footballing reasons then it begs the question as to what Gary Johnson didn’t see in a striker that netted eight times for the Cobblers to help keep us in the Football League last season. Johnson has certainly now further put his own mark on the club by letting go yet another of Ian Sampson’s signings.
As I said a couple of days ago, there seems no logic in letting your best goal scorer go, no matter who might or might not come in as a replacement. As it stands we have Bayo, Jake Robinson, Bas Savage and Tadhg Purcell as our forwards, with Purcell still set to go out on loan at some point. You don’t have to be a genius to figure out that it’s a bit unbalanced and there surely has to be someone coming in before this evening’s deadline to compensate a hell of a lot of unrest on the terraces.
We now wait for further news but have to try and move on. I wish Harrad all the best and can only, again, wonder what might have been as another top striker leaves Sixfields before getting a chance to fulfil his true potential.