Fraser Horsfall will leave Northampton after agreeing a deal to join League 2 newcomers Stockport County.

The 25-year-old has signed a three year contract at Edgeley Park and will join upon expiry of his Northampton contract later this week.

Horsfall leaves the Cobblers after two seasons at Sixfields, during which he made 100 appearances in all competitions, scoring 12 times. This included a haul of 9 for a Northampton team that narrowly missed out on promotion to League One last season.

The defender’s performances had seen him land a place in the League Two Team of the Year for the 2021/22 season.

Stockport manager Dave Challinor said the signing was a real coup for his club, as he felt the player had the potential to play as high as Championship level.

He told Stockport’s official website, “Fraser is a player I’ve tracked for a long time, since his time at Huddersfield, through loan and permanent moves to Kidderminster and Macclesfield and onto Northampton, but to get him now after the season he has just had and the options he had to weigh up is a huge coup for us.

“Over the past couple of seasons he’s established himself as statistically the most dominant defender in League 2, has excellent leadership qualities and is a threat in both boxes with nine goals himself last season.

“I believe we can give him the platform to show the side of his game that I first noticed when he came onto the scene, something that he’s maybe not been required to show over the last few years. Not only is he undoubtedly a fantastic defender, but he is very comfortable in possession of the football and we believe that he can develop into a Championship defender as a minimum with his drive and determination, and the help and advice we can give him.”

Horsfall’s former manager Jon Brady told the official Northampton Town website that while they were keen to keep him around, he wished Horsfall well and would now turn attentions to finding a replacement.

He said, “Fraser moves on with our best wishes and we thank him for his efforts.

“He is another player who we felt improved during his time with us and that is a big credit not just to Fraser himself but to our coaching staff too and the work we do to develop players.

“He made a big contribution last season and while we were keen to keep Fraser with us, and did make him what we felt were some very good offers, he has been offered an unbelievable contract by a club who are closer to his home and so we shake hands and wish him well.

“We were planning for this eventuality and we are continuing our work to add to our central defensive options ahead of the new season.”