AKIN Odimayo turned down the offer of a new contract at Swindon Town and signed for Northampton Town on a two-year deal.

The Cobblers announced the move on Saturday and said both they and Swindon had agreed an "undisclosed compensation package" for the centre-back due to Odimayo being under 24 and having been offered fresh terms by the Robins.

Speaking to the Northampton Chronicle, Odimayo explained how and why his move to Sixfields came about.

He said: "The gaffer (Jon Brady) reached out to me and he really sold me an idea of his plans and what he wants to do this season, and that just really appealed to me. I felt there would be a role for me in this team."

Odimayo played 76 times for Swindon over the past two seasons, winning the Swindon Advertiser's Swindon Town Player of the Season Trophy at the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

Discussing his progression as a player, the 22-year-old felt he developed a great deal while at the County Ground.

He said: "I had a good spell at Swindon and I really enjoyed my time there.

"I hit the ground running in my first year and felt I played well but unfortunately we got relegated.

"We then pushed for the play-offs last season, so it was two good years and I was pleased with how it went.”

Odimayo started his career at Reading, playing one first team game before making the move to Swindon in the summer of 2020.

He signed a new contract at the County Ground in the summer of 2021 and played 42 times in all competitions as Ben Garner's men made the League Two play-offs.

Odimayo joins right-back Mandela Egbo and goalkeeper Jojo Wollacott in leaving Wiltshire despite being offered the chance to extend his stay.

Meanwhile, former club captain Dion Conroy was released at the end of the season and went on to join Crawley Town on a two-year deal.

Jack Payne and Rob Hunt remain the only two Swindon players who have yet to decide where they will play next season after being offered new contracts.