Northampton Town have signed midfielder Marc Leonard on a season-long loan from Brighton and Hove Albion.

The 20-year-old Scotland youth international moves to Sixfields for the season, with Northampton stating they signed Leonard ahead of competitions from other EFL and non-UK-based sides.

Leonard made his professional debut for the Brighton first team last season, making two starts for the Seagulls in the EFL Cup. He also featured for Northampton in the EFL Trophy, including captaining the team in a match at Northampton in November 2021.

As well as featuring for Brighton’s first team and U23 side, the midfielder has also featured for Scotland at youth level up to and including U21.

Before joining Brighton, Leonard spent time on the books at Rangers and Hearts.

Cobblers boss Jon Brady told the club’s official website that he was happy to bring the Scot to the League 2 club.

He said, “Marc is a player who is very highly regarded. He is a central midfielder who can also play as an attacking midfielder.

“There was considerable interest in him but the fact we have been able to win the race for his signature is another tribute to the work we do with young players and the club’s reputation within the game.

“Marc has performed really well and as he develops, he will benefit from a season playing senior football. Marc can be good for us and we can be good for him – we believe this is a move that is good for all parties.

“He has already played at Sixfields for Brighton last season but it will be good to see him back here but this time in a Northampton Town shirt!”