The Cobblers have made a late swoop to strengthen their squad with the signing of Oxford United midfielder Danny Rose.
The 27-year-old started his career at Manchester United where he captained the reserve side before moving to Oxford on a permanent deal at the end of the 2006/07 season.
He then went on to enjoy spells at Newport County, Fleetwood and Aldershot before returning to Oxford in 2014.
He made 97 appearances for the Kassam Stadium outfit, scoring eight goals.
And he will now bolster a Cobblers midfield department that already contains the likes of John-Joe O’Toole and Joel Byrom.
Town boss Chris Wilder is delighted to have got the deal over the line.
Wilder explained: “Even though Danny is a player I know well, he wasn’t really on our radar when we started the transfer window as we never thought Oxford would allow him to come to us, but when he came to a agreement with Oxford to become a free agent it opened the door for us.
“He is a very good player who has been involved in promotion winning sides so he knows what it takes and we know he will fit in well here.
“He also knows what we are about and what we are doing now at Northampton Town, so once the move became a possibility Danny was keen to come.”
Cobblers, who currently sit two points clear at the top of Sky Bet League Two, have made four additions this month, with Rose joining James Collins, Lee Martin and Luke Prosser at Sixfields.
And Wilder said: “This month has been about adding players to the team and squad who can make us stronger for the final 19 games.
“It has been about adding experienced players who give us depth, options, quality and competition for places.
“Danny does this for us in central midfield plus he covers a few other positions too, so I am pleasantly surprised we have been able to add him.
“I think it’s been a good January for us, because as well as the additions we have been able to keep hold of all of the players we wanted to and I would like to thank the chairman (Kelvin Thomas) for the support.
“I am pleased to welcome Danny and we are looking forward to getting back in action against York City at Sixfields on Saturday in front of a big crowd.”