Cresswell signing a signal of intent

ryancresswellFor the second transfer deadline day in a row, Cobblers fans were on the edge of their seats – a strange position given the amount of times we’ve seen the dreaded “No ins or outs on deadline day” message come out in the past. After January’s last ditch signing of Emile Sinclair, we were once again treated to some big news as the window began to close last night.

At around 8:45pm, a tweet was sent out by the club promising a ‘major signing’ to be announced at 9:30pm – giving those of us on Twitter 45 minutes to speculate and predict who this big name was. No-one came close in the end and it was a very nice surprise when the announcement first came through from Fleetwood Town that we had paid a transfer fee (thought to be up to £150,000) for Ryan Cresswell.

For a centre back with multiple promotions, places on Teams of the Season and a reputation as one of the best defenders at this level it represents fantastic business. There’s an argument that we have plenty of cover in that position but when you consider that Lee Collins is likely to be out for a while, Kelvin Langmead is missing and Gregor Robertson and Ben Tozer are covering the full back positions it makes some sense. In addition to that, though, Cresswell is an outstanding signing for League Two and when you get a chance to bring in a leader of this calibre then you just have to go for it.

Credit has to go to David Cardoza again here – when he’s had the decision to make as to whether to put his hand in his pocket for Chris Wilder he’s done it and hopefully his trust is rewarded in the coming months.

The day had already seen one move in and one out of Sixfields with Alex Nicholls making his expected move on loan to Exeter City. I’d expected the deal to be until January, and that could still happen with an extension, but the month long agreement means that Nicholls can hopefully get some fitness and score some goals and then give Chris Wilder a big decision to make. It’s a great deal for all parties and it’s great to see Nicholls back on a football pitch again wherever he is.

Coming in to bolster the middle of the park is Leicester’s Ryan Watson on a loan deal until January. Watson has apparently been chased by Wilder since the Town boss came to the club so he’s got his man to provide more competition in midfield. I’m intrigued to see how Watson fits into the already bursting melting pot in that position and wonder if there’s any other niggling injuries in there that are worse than initially thought.

What Chris Wilder has done in this transfer window is provide us with a terrific squad to take us through the next few months. Whereas in the past we’ve had to dip into the loan market if a sudden injury rocks us, this time we seem to have ready-made competition already in the squad to step in.

An excellent Deadline Day all in all – now to translate the excitement and hype to the pitch.

Deadline Day: Summer 2013…Part Four…

Plymouth's Reckord signing...

Plymouth’s Reckord signing…

So as we thought, no new deadline day deals were done and it looks like the only glimmer of hope of new faces will be through a non-contracted player (of which there are a growing number admittedly) or a loan. It’s a disappointment but we have to still get the most of out what we do have at the club. I was impressed at the summer signings and those players don’t turn into bad ones overnight. Tactics and motivation as well as that discipline problem are the key things that need tackling straight away.

It’s on to MK Dons in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy this evening in a match that will struggle to even be on the radar such is our shocking away form and early disinterest from most in the competition. Maybe time to try one or two new things out?

Elsewhere in League Two…

Former Cobblers loanee Jamie Reckord became Plymouth’s second signing of the day when he joined on a three month loan deal from Wolves. Reckord played seven times for Town in 2011.

Southend United have brought in Fulham’s Cauley Woodrow on a one month loan deal. Striker Woodrow has been capped at England Under 17s level, becoming the first non-league player to achieve such a feat (he was with Luton Town at the time).

And Cheltenham Town have bolstered their ranks by signing midfielder David Noble from Rotherham United on loan until January whilst also extending the contract of defender Ryan Inniss.

The window is…shut!

Deadline Day: Summer 2013…Part Three longer a Cobbler

Artell…no longer a Cobbler


As the Cobblers search for an experienced central defender, there’s been big movement involving one such man. Dave Artell has had his contract terminated by the club, meaning that he can move on outside of the transfer window. With one hour to go, that appears to be the last activity of the day for the Cobblers.

More to come later with a round up of all the finalised League Two deals…

Deadline Day: Summer 2013…Part Two…

Heath...extended stay at Sixfields

Heath…extended stay at Sixfields


“I’m quite happy with the targets that we’ve got, I think it’s clear that we do need another centre half but I’m quite happy everywhere else. We have a target in mind and it might take a week or two for something to happen.”

A quote from Aidy Boothroyd as he sets his sights firmly on life away from the transfer deadline day and shoots us all a message that it’s probably going to be a good old fashioned quiet day in the Sixfields office. It looks like a centre back is on the way but with Boothroyd’s update it sounds as if it’s a loan or free transfer that will come in once the window is shut.

One trickle of news is that Matt Heath has signed an extended deal to stay with the club until January. I’d actually forgotten that he was still on non-contract terms so my response was a nice reserved little “oh” … it may not get better than that heady height today unfortunately!

Elsewhere in League Two…

Hamza Bencherif has signed a short term deal with Plymouth Arygle after a short trial spell at Home Park. The Algerian was released by Notts County at the end of last season and counts Macclesfield Town, Lincoln City and Nottingham Forest as his other previous clubs.

Bury have signed veteran keeper Brian Jenson who was released by Burnley after over 300 appearances this summer and who was training with the Shakers during the summer.


Deadline Day 2013: Part One…

So as the big story involving one Bale reaches it’s conclusion, here is the big Bale news in terms of transfer deadline day at Sixfields…



Yep, nothing’s happening so far. It’s 11:50 am so still time till that window SLAMS shut according to the long suffering folk at Sky Sports News.

Elsewhere in League Two…

Only one other deal has been finalised in League Two so far today with Graham Cummins agreeing a loan move from Preston North End to Rochdale. Cummings hasn’t played a game for North End in League One so far this season and has mainly been a substitute since joining from Cork City in 2012. Is his name sufficient enough to pun into ‘cumin’ and say that it’s the spiciest move of the window so far?

No, thought not. That update shows how much has happened so far…