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26 May 2016

Andy Melville and Rob Page busy with summer recruitment plans

Northampton Town have recently appointed former Welsh international defender Andy Melville to the role of Head of Recruitment.
Melville, who joined the club in the closing months of the season, won 65 caps for his country and played more than 700 senior games in a career that took in spells with Swansea City, Oxford United, Sunderland, Fulham, West Ham United and Nottingham Forest.
He was assistant manager at Oxford United under Chris Wilder and has since worked as a recruitment scout at Birmingham City and Blackpool was Head of Recruitment at Portsmouth and most recently Head of South Recruitment for Brighton.  

"Recruitment is always a key area in any football club and when we first arrived we appointed John Dreyer on a short term contract until the end of the season to help Chris Wilder," said Chairman Kelvin Thomas.

"We thank John for what he did but we always needed to look longer term and we are looking for Andy to develop the recruitment structure of the club for us.

"I have known Andy for a while now and always been impressed by his professionalism, his knowledge of players and his contacts within the game.
"He brings with him a wealth of experience and connections having played and managed at all levels of the game and having held various recruitment positions. 
"We will be continuing over time to develop the structure and setting up a network of scouts working on the club's behalf and identifying potential playing targets for the manager. 
"However the short term focus is on recruitment for next season and the next six to eight weeks are a key time of year which Andy has already been planning for.  It's also a positive that Andy and Rob are well known to each other from their playing days with Wales so they have been able to hit the ground running."

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