FORMER Swindon Town midfielder Yaser Kasim conceded it was time to move on after signing for League One side Northampton Town on Tuesday evening.

The Iraq international was free to leave the County Ground at the end of June after turning down the offer of a new deal at Swindon, bringing an end to a four year stay at the club.

Kasim, who has been linked with moves to West Ham United and Swansea City during his time in Wiltshire, was told by then-head coach Luke Williams last season that it would be best for all parties if he sought pastures new this summer, a viewpoint Kasim agreed with following his move.

“It didn’t go down as well as I hoped towards the end so it was time to move on,” he said.

“We had a good time, we had a set philosophy there but it just didn’t integrate so well and football is such a pressurised situation that you really need to do things right every single day and it shows on the pitch.”

The 26-year-old was also understood to have had an offer from Bristol City on the table at one stage as well as an unnamed Spanish side but said that once he spoke to Cobblers manager Justin Edinburgh, his mind was made up.

“There is always talk (about other offers) but really, speaking to the manager here was a big pull,” he added.

“I appreciate his time and coming in here now, it’s pretty nice. You always, coming to a new place, in whatever career, it’s interesting but already meeting some of the people here, it’s a nice outlook.”

Meanwhile, physical performance consultant Chris Neville revealed he would be working with the club for the coming season.

Manager David Flitcroft revealed last week that they were close to landing a sports scientist and having been head of performance at Blackburn Rovers between January 2013 and June this year, as well as a conditioning coach with the Football Association and Portsmouth on his CV, Neville appears to be that man, despite no confirmation from the club at this stage.