Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd admits he is happy to take a ‘gamble’ on former Hull City trainee Danny Emerton.
The 21-year-old today put pen to paper on a one-year deal at Sixfields, having impressed during a trial spell.
Emerton came through the youth ranks with the Tigers, but didn’t make a first team appearance, although he did enjoy a brief loan spell with non-League outfit Alfreton last season.
“Danny has had a very successful trial and I’ve been very impressed with him,” said Cobblers boss Boothroyd.
“Sometimes when you get a player of Danny’s age who is relatively untried it can be a bit of a gamble but I’ve got a lot of faith in him.
“I think he’s got a lot of ability and he just needs a place where he can show what he is all about.”
Emerton was also on trial at Carlisle United earlier in the summer, but he has settled at the Cobblers, and is now just keen to get out on a football pitch and show what he can do.
“I’m desperate to play,” said Emerton.
“I’ve been three years as a professional and playing reserve team football for three years.
“Since the start of last season I wasn’t even contemplating trying to get into the (Hull) team, I was just looking to get out on loan.
“That didn’t work out so I just need the break now.”
The winger now has his break, and could find himself in the Cobblers squad for their opening Sky Bet League Two match of the season at York City on Saturday.