Defender Shay Facey signs for Northampton

Northampton Town

Northampton have signed defender Shay Facey from Manchester City for an undisclosed fee on an 18-month contract, subject to Premier League clearance.

Facey first joined City in 2007 and progressed through their academy system although he did not make a first-team appearance for the Premier League side.

The 22-year-old, who has been capped at various England age group levels and had loan spells at City’s sister club New York City as well as Rotherham and Heerenveen, can play at right-back or in central defence.

Northampton manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink told the club’s official website: “Shay is a very exciting talent.

“He has a lot of pace and is aggressive, they are very welcome attributes, and he will give us flexibility in terms of the systems we can play and the options open to us.

“He is comfortable on the ball, he has an excellent pedigree, he has gained experience of first team football in three different countries and he is ready to settle down and to establish himself.”