Former Plymouth and Mansfield winger joins League Two rivals

Northampton Town have signed former Plymouth and Mansfield Town winger Paul Anderson on a short-term deal, as reported by the Northampton Chronicle.

The 31-year-old made four appearances for the Pilgrims last season, having left Mansfield Town in January following an injury-hit spell. He’s no stranger to Sixfields, having left there to join the Stags in 2017. He bagged seven goals in 38 games for the Cobblers in his previous spell.

Anderson had an illustrious start to his career, coming through the ranks at Liverpool before joining Swansea on loan, whom he helped to promotion to the Championship. He later appeared for Nottingham Forest, Ipswich Town and Bradford City, as well as boasting England Under-19 caps.

The Cobblers are currently 18th in the League Two table and manager Keith Curle believes that he could be ‘of some use’ to the side over the coming weeks.

“He settled into the group nicely and played well in the reserve game we had this week,” said Curle. “We thought that his calmness and composure on the ball and ability to pick a pass and open up a defence, could be of use.”

Our View

Whilst the free agent market is always interesting around this time of year, we can’t see Anderson being a revelation at Sixfields. They’ve struggled to impress themselves on games in recent weeks, which is why Curle has turned to Anderson for help.

It’s not creating goals that’s the problem as much as scoring them; Andy Williams is their leading scorer on four league goals, followed by defender Jordan Turnbull.

Anderson has had a wretched two years since he left the Cobblers and perhaps they can provide him with an environment in which he can ignite his career once more.

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