Midfielder McCourt leaves Cobblers '˜by mutual consent'

Transfer-listed midfielder Jak McCourt has left the Cobblers by mutual consent.

Saturday, 8th July 2017, 12:39 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:23 am
Jak McCourt has left the Cobblers by mutual consent

Signed by Rob Page from Barnsley last summer, the midfielder began the seasaon as a first team regular.

But following the sacking of Page and appointment of Justin Edinburgh as manager, the Liverpudlian found his opportunities more limited, making just three starts and a handful of substitute appearances.

His last game was at Rochdale on April 1, as Edinburgh instead put his faith in teenage midfielder Shaun McWilliams for the final month of the campaign.

McCourt, who started his career at Leicester City, was transfer-listed at the end of the season along with Rod McDonald, Harry Beautyman and Raheem Hanley, and has now left the club.

Of those transfer-listed, only Hanley remains at Sixfields, with McDonald joining Coventry City and Beautyman going to Stevenage.

“With the recent signings we have made we felt that Jak would have found his opportunities here limited moving forwards,” said Edinburgh, who has strengthened the central midfield department with the summer signings of Sam Foley and Yaser Kasim, while John-Joe O’Toole also put pen to paper on a new contract.

“With that in mind, it was felt to be in the best interests of all parties that Jak moved on.”

In all, McCourt made 23 starts and nine substitute appearances for the Cobblers, scoring one goal in the 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe United on October.