The Cobblers have strengthened their squad with the signing of former Leeds United and Colchester defender Matt Heath on non-contract terms.
The experienced Heath has played almost 300 senior games and arrives at Sixfields having played as a trialist in the pre-season game with Leicester in midweek.
“Matty is going to help us out and he’s very kindly agreed to join us on a non-contract basis,” said boss Aidy Boothroyd.
“He adds to our squad and he gives us a little bit more cover at centre-back.
“He has experience, he has height and power and he is a good organiser.
“I have worked with Matt before when I was at Colchester and I know what he will bring.
“He is a good professional, he will do a good job for us and I am pleased to welcome him in.”
Heaths is 32, and as well as playing for Leeds and Colchester, he has also represented Leicester City, Stockport County, Coventry City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Southend United.
He has made 260 league and cup starts, as well as 27 substitute appearances, scoring 18 goals.
Heath only played seven games for Colchester last season, and hasn’t played a competitive match since New Year’s Day when he was part of a Us side beaten 3-0 at Crawley Town.
He was also in the Colchester side that was beaten 2-1 by the Cobblers in last season’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Sixfields.