Midfielder Michael Jacobs has signed for npower Championship club Derby County after the Pride Park club agreed an undisclosed fee with the Cobblers.
Jacobs last month rejected a substantially improved contract offer to stay at Sixfields, having progressed through the Northampton Town Centre of Excellence and youth team to be a key member of the first team in the past two seasons.
The Rothwell youngster was voted the Chronicle & Echo supporters’ player of the year in 2011 and 2012, and leaves the club having made 100 appearances in the claret and white.
The Rams and their manager Nigel Clough have been long-time admirers of Jacobs, with Clough publicly stating his interest in signing the player on more than one occasion.
He has now got his man, and although disappointed to lose a key player, Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd is pleased what has become a bit of a ‘will he, won’t he?’ saga is now at and end.
“This news won’t come as a surprise to anybody after Michael turned his contract down,” said Boothroyd.
“We respect his wish to make the move and we wish him well in his future career.
“Now we move on and this gives us the opportunity to strengthen the squad further ahead of next season.”
Chairman David Cardoza added, “Although a few clubs had expressed an interest in Michael, Derby were the only club to actually submit an offer, and we have negotiated hard with them to get the best deal possible for the club.
“Once Michael had spoken to Derby, agreed terms, passed his medical and signed a contract, they became his destination. It was then a case of either going to a tribunal or agreeing a deal with Derby, and eventually we reached a deal that we felt was in the best interests of the club.
“We all wish Michael and Derby well and now this matter has been resolved we have a clearer picture for our own summer recruitment.”