Northampton Town have confirmed the signing of striker Harry Smith, the departure of defender Ash Taylor, and a home friendly against Sheffield United.

24-year-old striker Smith has joined Northampton on an undisclosed fee from Macclesfield Town, who he joined from Millwall and scored 9 goals as the Silkmen narrowly stayed up.

Smith is the 4th new signing made by Keith Curle ahead of the new season, with the club having previously recruited Matty Warburton, Chris Lines and Joe Martin.

Curle was delighted with his signing. He told the Northampton Town website that the striker is a player they were happy to get signed amid competition from clubs higher in the football pyramid, and that he would compliment the rest of their squad.

He said, “I think he will complement the players already here really well, as he is a type of player we haven’t had and have needed. He can be a focal point, attracts defenders and creates space for others with his movement and ability on the ball. He is a great age and we think he will only get better.

“Harry fits the blueprint of players we are looking to sign this summer perfectly. Whatever the age and experience of each signing, we need them to have a winning mentality, to have a desire to succeed and an ambition to do well and Harry certainly has that.”

Meanwhile, Northampton have also confirmed that defender Ash Taylor has left the club by mutual consent.

The centre-back had been a regular for Northampton during the 2018-19 season, making 36 appearances in all competitions. But he was transfer listed at the end of the season, and the defender’s contract has now consequently been terminated.

Northampton have also confirmed details of their first home pre-season friendly. They will welcome former manager Chris Wilder to Northampton, and his Sheffield United side ahead of the Blades’ first Premier League season in 12 years.

The side from South Yorkshire will visit the PTS Academy Stadium on July 20th for a 3pm kick-off.

Wilder returns to the side where won the League 2 title in the 2015-16 season, before taking the Blades to the League 1 title in 2016-17 and a promotion from the Championship to the Premier League in the season just completed.