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CHRIS Wilder knows a player when he sees one and the Northamp­ton boss reck­ons Zan­der Di­a­mond can shine for the Cob­blers in the League Two rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle.

Northamp­ton have re­cruited heav­ily since Wilder was ap­pointed as man­ager last month, but the loss of Lee Collins to in­jury has left them short at the back.

Wilder be­lieves Bur­ton de­fender Di­a­mond, who has joined on loan for the rest of the sea­son, has what it takes to make an im­me­di­ate im­pact on the team.

“He wants to come here and I’m sure he’ll be a re­ally good player for this sit­u­a­tion,” said Wilder.

“By all re­ports he was su­perb last year. Some­times you get out of the side, the team does well and you can’t get yourself back in.

“Zan­der is an ex­pe­ri­enced de­fender who played a lot of games in Scot­land. He wants to play foot­ball.

“It’s im­por­tant to stress he hasn’t done any­thing wrong, he’s been a bril­liant pro and has never com­plained once about not play­ing.

“He also never tried to in­sti­gate a move away. We want to keep them all here, but ev­ery now and then you’ve got to let people go out and do what they want to do.”

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