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Calderwood snaps up quartet

Posted on: Thu 30 Jun 2005

Northampton Town boss Colin Calderwood has been involved in a lot of behind the scenes transfer talks this summer in a bid to add players with height, strength, experience and of course ability to his squad and his efforts came to fruition on Thursday with another four new arrivals at Sixfields.

The Cobblers boss has completed the signings of defenders Chris Doig and Brett Johnson on two-year deals while midfielders Ian Taylor and Eoin Jess have also signed on the dotted line.



Dumfries born defender Doig has made the switch to Sixfields under the Bosman Ruling, ending an eight-year spell with Nottingham Forest.

The 6 ft 2in 24-year old is known to the Cobblers boss from his time with Forest and Doig also spent a short loan spell at Sixfields back in 2003.

After being signed on loan by then Town boss Martin Wilkinson, Doig made nine appearances for the Cobblers before returning to Forest.

After being a trainee with Forest In total Chris made 93 first team appearances made up of 76 starts and 17 substitute appearances.


Johnson has made the move from Conference outfit Aldershot after an undisclosed fee was agreed between the two clubs.

The talented young central defender has been tracked by a number of League clubs with Aldershot boss Terry Brown declaring that Johnson has a bright future ahead of him.

The highly rated Johnson scored twice in the Conference last season as the Shots reached the play offs for a second successive campaign.

Johnson joined the Shots from Ashford Town back in 2004.


34-year old Jess has spent the last three years at the City Ground but has opted for a move to Sixfields under the Bosman Ruling.

The Aberdeen born midfielder has 18 caps with Scotland and has two international goals to his name.

After being a junior at Rangers Jess made the move to his hometown club where he spent nine years before moving to England, joining Coventry City for a fee of £2m.

After spending less than two seasons at Highfield Road he returned to Aberdeen.

In December 2000 Jess joined Bradford City on loan and in the summer of 2001 penned a permanent deal with the Bantams.

In August 2002 Jess made the switch to Nottingham Forest on a free transfer and in his three years with the club made just under 100 appearances, in a career total of over 500 games with more than 100 goals scored.


Taylor has moved to Sixfields under the Bosman Ruling after spending the last two seasons at Derby County.

37 year-old Taylor, started his career at Port Vale before twice moving for £1 million in switches to Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa.

He joined Derby in 2003 and made 88 appearances for the Rams scoring an impressive 15 goals in the process.

A 6ft 2in midfield general who was a regular for the Rams last season (including appearances in both legs of the Championship play off semi final), Taylor has played more than 500 games in his career, with a healthy return of 95 goals. He is a major threat in both penalty areas at set pieces.

Colin Calderwood is still looking to add to his squad before the start of the coming campaign.


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