Cobblers boss Brady: Everyone is a winner in Leonard’s loan deal
Cobblers boss Jon Brady believes everyone can be a winner from the capture of Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Marc Leonard on a season-long loan deal.
The 20-year-old Scot’s signing was sealed on Monday, with the former Rangers and Hearts youth team member becoming the Cobblers’ ninth signing in a busy summer.
Leonard has been with Brighton for four years and last season made his first-team debut in a 2-0 Carabao Cup win at Cardiff City.
He made a second first-team appearance against Swansea City in the next round, and also featured three times for Brighton Under-21s in the Papa Johns Trophy, leading the team to a 2-1 win over the Cobblers in November 2021.
But he found his chances of playing senior football limited, which is why he moved to Northampton, and Brady believes it’s an arrangement that can benefit the player, the Cobblers and his parent club.
“Marc is a much-loved player,” said the Town boss.
“He is a central midfielder who can also play as an attacking midfielder.
“There was considerable interest in him, but the fact that we were able to win the race to sign him is another tribute to the work we do with young players and the reputation of the club in the game.
“Marc has performed very well and as he develops he will benefit from a season of senior football.
“Marc can be good for us and we can be good for him – we think it’s a decision that’s good for all parties.
“He already played at Sixfields for Brighton last season but it will be nice to see him back here but this time in a Northampton Town shirt!”