Northampton boss Colin Calderwood has handed a trial to former Colchester United midfielder Thomas Pinault.
Pinault moved to Layer Road from Cannes in 1999
The 22-year-old Frenchman, who left the U's this summer after five years at Layer Road, has joined the Cobblers on their pre-season trip to Spain.
"Thomas has come over with us as it's a good chance for us to have a look at him," said Calderwood.
"He has a good record and having him with us 24 hours a day on tour gives me a chance to assess him."
Pinault made 157 appearances for Colchester, scoring seven goals.