Burton Albion will sign John-Joe O’Toole on a two-year deal when his current contract with Northampton expires next month.
The thirty-year-old is Brewers manager Nigel Clough’s first signing of the transfer window and will add a wealth of experience to his squad having made three hundred and seventy-two league appearances in his career, with many of them at League One level.
The midfielder started his career at Watford in the Championship before signing permanently for Colchester United in 2010 and spending three years with the U’s before moving to Bristol Rovers in 2013.
O’Toole would score fifteen goals in his only full season with Rovers before moving to Northampton on a free, where he has spent the last five seasons, scoring thirty-five goals in one hundred and ninety-four appearances at Sixfields.
Speaking to the club’s official website, O’Toole expressed disappointment with his goal tally last season and pledged to put this right for the Brewers; he said: ‘Last season I only scored three goals – which for me personally isn’t good enough. So that’s something I want to add to my game and something I can do.’
He went on to give a flavour of what fans can expect at the Pirelli Stadium next season. ‘I’m energetic, I’ll be up and down, and I want to score goals, and generally help the team out.’
Good signing by Clough, O’Toole has stagnated in his last two seasons at Northampton and needs a new challenge.
He is a box to box midfielder, with good technical ability and if the Brewers can get the best out of him, he will be a real asset to Clough’s team.