COBBLERS boss Aidy Boothroyd has spoken of his delight after the signing of former England youth international Ishmel Demontagnac on a two-year deal.
The 24-year-old won caps for his country at under-18 and under-19 level while at Walsall, and he also went on to play in the Premier League with Blackpool.
He played for Notts County in npower League One last season, and Boothroyd, who says Demontagnac ‘has lost his way’, believes he has signed a player yet to realise his potential.
“Ishmel is a very talented young player that has lost his way a little bit,” he said.
“He needs a platform to show what he is all about and I think we can give him that.
“He’s got a terrific left foot, he’s very, very quick and I think he will frighten the life out of the opposition with his pace and his trickery.
“He’s played at League Two level before and set it alight and we are hoping that he is going to do the same thing for us.
“I think this is the right environment for him and hopefully we will get him firing again.”
Demontagnac has made 59 senior starts and made 90 substitute appearances in his career, making his debut for Walsall in October, 2005.
He has scored 16 goals in those games, including one at Sixfields as the Saddlers secured a 2-0 league one win against the Cobblers in November, 2007.
His sole appearance as a Premier League player during his time at Blackpool was in a 6-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal, while he made 21 appearances for Notts County last season.
He started out as a trainee at Charlton Athletic, and has also played on loan for Stockport County and Chesterfield.