Date: 25th February 2016 at 8:36am
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And to think Rod McDonald came to Northampton as a trialist in pre-season! This saw him play a number of pre-season friendlies as a trialist before he signed a deal for this term.

McDonald, who has been a key component of the Cobblers’ record-breaking rise to the top of the League 2 table, signed in the summer with the former Hereford and Telford man now penning a new deal.

This extended contract will, quite clearly Chris Wilder feels he’ll make the step up to League 1 too (which is almost certainly where we’re now heading), see him stay at Sixfields until the summer of 2018.

Wilder told the Official Website his progress, whilst he still has things to learn, has seen him earn this new deal with the boss ‘delighted to tie him down.’

‘Rod has made terrific progress this season and we are delighted to tie him down. We have worked hard with Rod, he has learnt a lot and while he still has more to learn, there aren’t too many young, left-footed central defenders around. We are delighted to have secured the future of a very promising and talented young player.’

Since his arrival the 23-year-old central defender has made 20 first-team appearances with him also part of the backline to keep four cleansheets (before Tuesday) in a row in that (as it stood) nine-match (extended to 10-matches after the two-one win at York) winning run.

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