Northampton Town sign Bradford City's Matt Duke on loan

Matt Duke

Northampton Town have signed Bradford goalkeeper Matt Duke on loan until the end of the season.

The 34-year-old played in the Premier League with Hull and has made 13 appearances for the Bantams in the current campaign.

Manager Aidy Boothroyd told BBC Radio Northampton: "He's worked with [coach] Tim Flowers before, who speaks highly of him. He's exactly what we need.

"I'm extremely happy to have a player of his calibre and character join us."

Duke made 59 appearances in seven years for Hull prior to his move to Bradford last summer.

He also counts Derby County, Wycombe Wanderers, Stockport and Burton amongst his former clubs.

"In terms of character, it's one of the most important positions on the pitch," added Boothroyd.

"Particularly when a team is under pressure, you need to have a strong man, somebody who will lead by example and can boss one or two others about.

"He brings all those things to the team."

The Cobblers saw previous loan keeper Chris Weale leave the field with a knee injury in the 1-0 win over AFC Wimbledon, and he subsequently returned to parent club Leicester City.

Their first choice custodian, Shane Higgs, sustained an Achilles injury in January.