Northampton Town have signed defender Sam Sherring from Bournemouth.

The 22-year-old has signed a two year contract at Sixfields after moving from Dorset to Northampton, with the Cobblers having edged in ahead of other League 1 and 2 sides to sign him.

Sherring enjoyed a breakout loan spell with Torquay United in the National League in the 2020/21 season, before making separate loan moves to Accrington Stanley and Cambridge United in League 1 last season.

Following his arrival, Sherring made a Northampton debut in a friendly against Scottish side St Mirren.

Cobblers boss Jon Brady told the club’s official website of his delight to bring Sherring to Sixfields, where he is the club’s sixth new signing ahead of the new season.

He said, “We have monitored him closely during his loan spells in League 1 where he did well and he has been close to AFC Bournemouth’s first team having come through their academy system.

“He is a centre back but he can play anywhere across the back line, he is mobile and comfortable on the ball. Sam is also a leader out on the pitch and that is important.

“He has a real desire to learn and improve and what has impressed us is that he chose to go out on loan a number of times to gain experience and test himself playing senior football over the last few seasons, learning how to deal with the physical battles that brings.

“There has been considerable and sustained interest in him this summer from clubs at a number of different levels including some clubs in League 1 and we are delighted we have been able to bring him to Sixfields.

“I believe our reputation as a club that helps to improve and develop players certainly played a part in that. He is another strong addition to our defensive unit, and another who fits the profile of player we are looking for.”