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Former York City Wembley hero Matty Blair has joined weekend opponents Northampton Town on a month's loan.

"There haven't been enough opportunities available to him at Highbury" - Graham Alexander
Blair proved himself as a real fans' favourite at York but arrives at Sixfields having managed only nine starts and
three goals since moving to Fleetwood Town last summer.

"Matty has gone to Northampton to gain match fitness," manager Graham Alexander told Fleetwood's official website. "There haven't been enough opportunities available to him at Highbury and I'm sure he will make the most of this challenge."

The 26-year-old previously played a really major role in returning the Minstermen to the Football League while netting 27 times over two seasons following his arrival from Kidderminster Harriers.

He famously scored over successive weekends in both of their Wembley triumphs as York secured promotion and their first-ever national knockout trophy in May 2012, having already been on target in each of the respective semi-final games.

Blair made a brief return to Bootham Crescent when appearing as a late substitute in a 2-0 win for Fleetwood back in October. He could make an instant debut for his new club against York tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Northampton have also recruited 20-year-old Sheffield United and former Manchester United trainee centre-back Sean McGinty in a similar deal.

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Date:Friday January 10 2014

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