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Cobblers sign ex-Coventry midfielder Kevin Thornton

Kevin Thornton
Kevin Thornton spent three months on loan with Brighton in 2008/09

Northampton Town have signed former Coventry City midfielder Kevin Thornton on a short-term contract from non-league Nuneaton Town.

The 23-year-old Irishman has impressed on trial at Sixfields.

"He's a ball-playing midfielder who can create things," said Cobblers manager Ian Sampson. "We are willing to give him a chance and an opportunity,

"We are always looking for players that we feel will improve the squad and I feel Kevin will do that.

"He is a good footballer and I am sure he will fit in well."

Thornton left Coventry by mutual consent in July, shortly after being convicted of a drink-driving offence for being over twice the legal limit.

Thornton also pleaded guilty to having no insurance, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and not having a full driving licence.

The Irish midfielder was handed a 22-month ban from driving, fined £2,750 and ordered to pay £260 in costs.

After leaving the Sky Blues, Drogheda-born Thornton, who also spent three months on loan at Brighton while at the Ricoh, then re-signed for his former club Boyne Rovers FC in Ireland.

Thornton becomes Sampson's third January signing after capturing another Irishman, striker Stephen O'Flynn from Limerick, and defender Luke Wilkinson on loan from Portsmouth.

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O'Flynn targets longer contract
08 Jan 10 |  Northampton
Cobblers announce double signing
06 Jan 10 |  Northampton
Cobblers bring in keeper Lumley
23 Dec 09 |  Northampton
Cobblers boss states striker aim
22 Dec 09 |  Northampton
Midfielder Thornton exits Ricoh
03 Jul 09 |  Coventry
Thornton hoping for loan impact
29 Sep 08 |  Brighton
Thornton makes Brighton loan move
26 Sep 08 |  Brighton

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