All through deadline day the tumbleweed that was whistling across Sixfields during the great manager hunt of January 2014 seemed to make its way back around Upton Way. Despite plenty of rumours, red herrings and internet chatter there was nothing firm and it seemed like we would have to settle for the three signings from Thursday. But then, news filtered through of a player who was inside Sixfields and taking part in a medical.
Suddenly all was not lost as the finer parts of the deal were ironed out. But boy did we leave it late! At 10:30pm, the medical was complete and by 10:40pm the paperwork seemed to be done. It wasn’t until five minutes before the end of the window, though, that the deal was complete and announced and it was a good one. Emile Sinclair joins the club initially on loan until the end of the season but with a view to a permanent, two year deal in the summer.
Sinclair, who started his career with stints with the Bradford City and Nottingham Forest youth outfits, made his name with Macclesfield Town before signing for Peterborough United in 2011. After a year and a half he fell out of favour at London Road and spent time on loan at Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers before joining Crawley Town last summer for £100,000. He’s scored twice in nine appearances so far this season.
The interesting part of this one is the clever terms that Sinclair is on loan with a view to a permanent summer move. It works for both parties with presumably the player free to leave if we’re relegated but with the Cobblers first in line to get in there with a fully-fledged two year contract in the summer when he may well have regained the sort of form that attracted Peterborough a couple of years ago. He’s definitely going to cause defences problems with his pace and power and seems a good foil for the man likely to be partnering him up front, Alan Connell.
It brings to an end an excellent couple of days for Chris Wilder with four very good (and not short term loans!) signings in and other departing including Ishmel Demontagnac’s exit earlier today.
Now that the window is closed we go full steam ahead for the great escape attempt, starting tomorrow at Cheltenham Town. I’m off to get some sleep!
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!
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…
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.
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…