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Zander Diamond



Mansfield Town swooped to bring Northampton Town Player of the Season Zander Diamond to One Call Stadium following the defender's decision to turn down a new contract at Sixfields.

The 6ft 2in central defender began his career with Scottish side Aberdeen in 2003 and spent eight years at the Pittodrie Stadium.

The former Scotland under 21 international made over 200 appearances for The Dons before joining Oldham Athletic for a solitary season in 2011.

After the expiration of his contract at Boundary Park, Diamond signed for then-League Two club Burton Albion.

He was part of the Brewers side who finished in the League Two play-offs for two consecutive years.

Halfway through the 2013/14 campaign, the 33-year-old made the switch to Northampton after being headhunted by then-manager Chris Wilder and in turn helped them to preserve their EFL status.

The Cobblers then secured a mid-table finish in 2014/15, with Diamond a rock of the defence, before embarking on their memorable 2015/16 campaign.

Diamond played 39 times in the Cobblers’ League Two title-winning season as Chris Wilder’s men won the division by 13 points.

Last season, Northampton enjoyed a solid first season in the third tier of English football as they secured a 15th-placed finish.

The imposing central defender made 45 appearances in all competitions and was a stand-out performer for Justin Edinburgh’s side.

He was voted as the club’s Player of the Season at their Annual Awards Dinner but then decided on a new challenge.