Forgotten Northampton Town Man Makes Surprise Move

Former Northampton Town forward Ricky Korboa has signed a pre-contract agreement with Scottish Premiership side Livingston, which comes as a rather surprising move in the 27-year-old’s career path.

Livingston have already been relegated to the Scottish Championship with two games still to play and their focus is firmly on next season. The Lions have struggled this season in the top flight but will be expected to bounce back in the calmer waters of the second tier.

They’re wasting no time in their preparation for next season, and are already adding to their ranks. On Sunday, the club would announce via their official website that they had signed Ricky Korboa from Woking for the forthcoming season.

The 27-year-old has spent the last two seasons with the National League outfit, and when fit, has been incredibly productive. Fitness is however something that the forward has struggled with, and he’s made just 22 appearances in the National League this season.

Nonetheless, he has still managed seven goals and a further seven assists during that time, and would shine for the Cardinals when in the matchday squad. It’s going to be quite a change of scenery for the forward who has spent the majority of his career in the Surrey and Greater London area, through spells with Carshalton Athletic, Sutton United and most recently Woking.

That is despite the 27-year-old hailing from Liverpool. He’d first make his senior debut for Carshalton in 2014, the club where he’d put his name on the map. He’s one of the Robins’ most notable players in their history and his performances for the club wouldn’t go unnoticed, landing himself a move to Northampton Town for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2020.

Korboa was expected to take his level up a gear when joining the Cobblers, but would make just 16 League One appearances, only five of those being starts. He’d never reach the heights that were expected of him when arriving at Sixfields and was duly released by the club the following summer.

As a result, he’s probably not best remembered by the fans, not least as he was also part of the squad which would get relegated to the fourth tier that season. That would be the only time that Korboa would play for a side north of the River Thames, and he’ll be hoping for a better spell in Scotland with Livingston.

Writer’s View

It would hardly come as a surprise if the majority of the fanbase have forgotten about Korboa’s name, as his spell with the club was severely uninspiring. He arrived with plenty of potential but never justified the club’s faith in him.

It’s an ambitious move for the forward, who will still feel as if he has a point to prove. Injuries have held him back in recent season but there is a player in there somewhere when on song.

Perhaps a good season in the Scottish Championship could lead to the 27-year-old returning to the EFL, that is if he is able to stay fit for the entirety.

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