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Front man becomes 11th new signing of the summer

3 July 2019

Northampton Town have signed striker Vadaine Oliver on a one year contract.

The 6ft 2in, 27 year old front man began his career as an apprentice at Sheffield Wednesday before joining Lincoln City.

After 13 goals in 41 appearances for the Imps, he joined Crewe Alexandra before a loan spell at Mansfield where he netted seven times in 28 starts.

He scored 18 times in 53 starts for York City from 2015 to 2017 and spent the last two campaigns at Morecambe before deciding to leave the Globe Arena at the end of last season.

"Vadaine is a welcome addition to the group of strikers we have at the club," said manager Keith Curle.

“He will add competition and depth to the attacking unit. Over the course of a season you will need different options, you need to pose a different threat and have more than one plan up your sleeve. You need different ways of scoring goals and winning games, and Vadaine offers an alternative threat for us.

“He is a player I have identified previously and I believe I can get the best out of him. He is a very unselfish striker. He attracts defenders and occupies them and he can be a real handful to play against. Vadaine is the sort of striker who works hard for the team and other players benefit from his presence.

“You need to have a batch of strikers who can stay fresh and sharp over a long season and in order to achieve that you need to have competition and options among the strikers and he provides that.

"We believe we have added creativity to the squad this summer and Vadaine's qualities mean he is the sort of striker who can get on the end of crosses that are delivered in to the area and be a threat.

“He has a first class attitude, a strong work ethic and he is a welcome addition to the group."

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