BREAKING: Cobblers have completed their first signing of the summer

After a quiet start to the summer, manager Jon Brady has made his first move by signing the former Manchester United forward. The 28-year-old’s one-year deal includes an option for an additional 12 months.

Initially scouted by United at the age of seven, he progressed through the youth ranks at Old Trafford, making his Under-18s debut at 14 in 2010 before breaking into the first team. He scored four goals in 20 appearances for the club, including twice on his Premier League debut, but a serious knee injury in 2018 hindered his development.

Wilson also spent time on loan with Brighton & Hove Albion, where he scored five goals in 28 appearances. He later had loan spells at Derby County, Sheffield United, and Aberdeen before joining Salford City for an undisclosed fee in January 2020. At Salford, he netted 10 times in 34 games.

Having represented England at Under-16s, Under-19s, Under-20s, and Under-21s levels, Wilson’s previous club was Port Vale, where he scored 23 goals in 85 starts and made 20 appearances from the bench. His contributions, including 15 goals that aided Port Vale’s promotion in the 2021/22 season, were notable. After being released by the club following their relegation last season, he returns to League One as Northampton’s first signing of the summer. Currently, he is the only senior striker in the club’s squad, but further activity is anticipated in the weeks ahead.

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