According to The Herald, Northampton Town lead fellow League One side Plymouth Argyle in the race for Cheltenham Town forward Billy Waters.

The Herald, based in Plymouth, say that the Cobblers “are leading the chase for Cheltenham forward Billy Waters,” and are ahead of Argyle who are also said interested in the 22-year-old forward.

Waters started his football career at Crewe, progressing from the youth set-up and into the first-team squad at the start of the 2013/14 season. Two seasons later, his career was off the tracks with the Railwaymen, and say a July 2015 move materialise to current club Cheltenham Town.

Waters joined Cheltenham on a free transfer when they were in the National League. It was a part-testament to his 11 goals for the 2015/16 campaign that saw Cheltenham promoted to the Football League. Cheltenham did not surrender their place at the top of the table after climbing there in mid-November of 2015.

This season just past, the 2016/17 League Two campaign, saw the Robins finish in 21st place in the League Two table, just four points shy of 23rd placed Hereford who were relegated alongside Leyton Orient.

Waters showed that the step up to League Two hadn’t staunched his goal output, the London-born youngster scoring 12 times, and providing four assists on his return to the Football League.

The Herald report that Cheltenham boss Gary Johnson is “resigned to losing his top scorer,” with Northampton Town interest likely to be linked to that. The one bright light in the darkness is that due to Waters’ age, he is only 21-years-old, the Robins will be compensated through the decision of an independent tribunal.


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