Northampton Town have signed defender Joe Bunney from Rochdale, as striker Marc Richards departs to join Swindon Town.

Bunney is the sixth signing of the January transfer window for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side. He has signed a two and a half year contract after joining the Cobblers for an undisclosed fee.

The player began his career as a striker and joined Rochdale in 2013 from non-league Northwich Victoria. He scored on his debut, and would ultimately score 17 goals in 145 appearances.

During his time at the Dale, Bunney began to play more as a full-back, and had earned praise for his work as an attacking full-back.

Hasselbaink told the official Northampton Town website of his delight at confirming the signing, and felt he would be a good signing for the club going forward.

He said, “He can operate anywhere down the left hand side and his versatility is very useful. However, we feel his best position is as a left back and not only can be defend well, he is an attacking threat from the full back position.

“Joe is a mobile player with pace and I am sure he will fit well into the squad. We feel he is another player who is a good age and who will continue to develop and improve and be an excellent signing for the club not just for now but as we look to the future too.”

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Meanwhile, Richards has left Northampton Town after three and a half years back with the club. The striker left by mutual consent before joining Swindon on a free transfer, where he has signed a contract until the end of next season.

The striker leaves after a successful second spell with the club he had previously represented between 2003 & 2005. He scored 50 goals in 144 appearances over the course of his second spell, during which he captained the side and helped them lift the 2015-16 League Two title.

Hasselbaink said, “Marc has been a fantastic servant for this club and first and foremost it is important we recognise that.

“He is a first class professional and has been an excellent player for the club over two spells, however at this stage of Marc’s career he wants and deserves to be playing first team football regularly and as the squad evolves, we are not able to guarantee him that.”