Cobblers boss Keith Curle is anticipating a very different January transfer window.
Curle feels the rules that limit squad sizes to 22, the social distancing measures that prevent clubs from scouting players and football being played behind closed doors will all have an impact across the industry this January, but he still has a very clear aim.
"Our January work is all about improving the squad," he said. "This window will be different, the 22 man squad limit will have an effect and clubs may have to make decisions they may not otherwise do with the squad limit in place.
"We are ready to move if the right players become available and we believe they offer good value. We won't pay over the odds, that is our responsibility to the supporters to protect the club, particularly during the pandemic when games are being played behind closed doors. We are working to get the best options, not the quickest options. We are looking at four or five options, and if a couple of those come off then it will be a good window for us.
"In addition, some of the players are beginning to step up to the new level now and that is good to see and it shows a good strength of character. We stuck together in the face of some tough results, that was important and shows the spirit in the group and our aim is to continue to progress.
"We are trying to be progressive and make sure we are ahead of the game and with our recruitment we are looking for value for money, hunger and for players who we think we can unlock their potential."