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Posted: Sat 13 Jul 2013
Author: TUFC
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New Midfielder at Plainmoor

UNITED have agreed a deal to sign former Northampton Town midfielder Ben Harding on a two-year contract.

The 28 year-old left the Cobblers at the end of last season and his arrival at Plainmoor will bolster the engine room options for manager Alan Knill.

Harding came on as a substitute in Friday’s 4-0 win over the Royal Marines in a pre-season friendly at Plainmoor and should complete the paperwork for his move over the next couple of days.

‘’He hasn’t signed yet but that’s only down to paperwork,’’ said Knill. ‘’Everything is agreed and we’re expecting him to either sign over the weekend or on Monday.

‘’He is a big player with good size and somebody I’ve always liked. He is used to being in winning teams and knows what it takes. I felt we needed some experience and know-how in this league, and he’s also a good footballer as well.

‘’Last year, we took Joss Labadie [on loan] because we needed power and size, and we’re hopeful Ben will be the same. He is something different to the midfield players we already have here.

‘’It is a credit to him because there were clubs that wanted to sign him, who were closer to where he lives but he’s decided to come here. He’s moving his family here and they’re going to live in the area.

‘’These are the sort of players we want, especially when they’ve had other offers. He wants to play football how I want to play football and in a key area of the team.’’

Harding began his career as a youngster at the original Wimbledon, who were later renamed as the MK Dons, but spent much of his early years out on loan.

He then signed for Aldershot in 2007 and spent four years with the club before a brief spell with Wycombe preceded his switch to Northampton.