Midfielder Jason Taylor has left the Cobblers after having his contract cancelled by mutual consent.
The former Rotherham United man had 12 months to run on his deal at Sixfields, but was likely to find first team opportunities limited under new boss Rob Page.
That being the case, Taylor has now left the Cobblers and is a free agent to try and find himself a new club.
The 29-year-old was signed by Chris Wilder in January 2015, and made 34 starts and 24 substitute appearances for the club, scoring two goals.
“I know Jason played a part when he first arrived at the club 18 months ago, but he found a starting spot tough last season and also at the start of this season and we fully understand he wants and needs to be playing regularly,” said Town boss Page.
“I think it is in the interest of all parties that we allow him to move on.
“Jason is an excellent professional with a great attitude and he leaves with our best wishes.”
Taylor was a key man when he first arrived at the club and played a major role in the team pulling away from the relegation zone and towards the play-offs.
After being rewarded with a two-year deal, Taylor began last season as the first-choice central midfielder alongside Joel Byrom, but was then red-carded twice in quick succession at Barnet and at home to Oxford United and that allowed John-Joe O’Toole, who was transfer-listed at the time, to regain his place in the team, a place he never gave up.