When Luke Guttridge and Ben Harding both rejected contract offers from the Cobblers last week a giant hole was placed in the potential midfield for next season. The first thought I had was that Lewis Hornby would be pushed into a greater role and would be starting games from the off but that still left a gap that needed to be filled with an experienced head who could create chances and pitch in with the odd goal as Guttridge had done previously.
Step forward Darren Carter, who will be joining the ranks of the Cobblers come August 1st after rejecting an offer from Cheltenham Town where he had been since August of last year. He’s a player who seems to have been around for years longer than he actually has but still at 29 years old has the perfect mix of experience with energy to get up and down a pitch.
Carter came through the ranks at Birmingham City and spent seven years at the Blues before signing for West Bromwich Albion for £1.5 million. After fifty three appearances for the Baggies, he joined Preston North End with Deepdale his home for the next four years barring a short spell on loan at Millwall. In August of last year Carter signed a short term deal which was extended until the end of the season later down the line.
So it’s summer signing number three and hopefully now that we’re back from the trip to Croatia a couple more will be coming through the door. I would say perhaps one more midfielder and one more striker should be on Aidy Boothroyd’s wish list for the rest of the summer, a summer that rolls on towards the first friendly match this Saturday at Sileby Rangers.