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GOALKEEPER DAVID CORNELL JOINS NORTHAMPTON TOWN AS RYAN CLARKE DEPARTS

21 June 2016

One in, one out as club recruit keeper with fellow stopper departing for AFC Wimbledon

Northampton Town have signed the former Swansea City and Oldham Athletic goalkeeper David Cornell on a 2 year contract.

25 year old Cornell came through the Swans Academy in South Wales and gained first team experience through loan spells at a number of clubs including Hereford United, St Mirren and Portsmouth. He made one first team appearance at the Liberty Stadium before moving on to Oldham Athletic where he made 14 appearances in League 1 last season.

He is Wales under 21 international who has also been called into the senior squad.

"David is a good signing for us," said manager Rob Page.

"He will come in to challenge and compete with Adam Smith and he has knowledge and experience of playing at this level.

"He has a good pedigree and I'm sure he will fit in well in the dressing room.

"I think he was unfortunate to have been released by Oldham but hopefully their loss can be our gain."

Meanwhile, fellow keeper Ryan Clarke has left Northampton Town to sign for AFC Wimbledon after leaving Sixfields by mutual consent. 

34 year old Clarke joined Northampton Town 12 months ago but, thanks to the form of fellow keeper Adam Smith, was restricted to just four appearances last season, those coming in the Capital One Cup and Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

"This is a move that makes a lot of sense for all parties," said manager Rob Page.

"At this stage of his career, Ryan wanted and needed to be playing games and I fully respect that. Ryan had already had some conversations with Chris (Wilder) before the end of the season so I was fully aware of the situation when I came in, although I wanted to make sure we had an adequate replacement lined up before we allowed any move to proceed.

"Ryan's chances here were limited last season and so it makes sense to allow him to move on in search of regular first team football.

"I know Ryan is a first class professional and he goes with our thanks and best wishes."


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