SWINDON Town have completed their second signing of the January transfer window by signing striker Marc Richards on a free transfer.

The 35-year-old, who has amassed more than 600 senior appearances in his career, left League One side Northampton Town by mutual consent this afternoon and Swindon boss David Flitcroft swiftly swooped to secure his services.

Richards put pen to paper on a deal that will see him remain at the Energy Check County Ground until the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

His arrival follows midfielder Ollie Banks’ switch to SN1 on loan from Oldham Athletic until the end of the season on Friday.

With three promotions from League Two on his CV and a proven track record when it comes to scoring goals, Richards hopes he can make a strong impact at the County Ground.

Richards told Town’s official website: “Being made available by Northampton, I had some interest from a couple of clubs in League Two and both clubs were pushing for promotion.

“A big thing for me was to join a club that was looking for success at the end of the season and having spoken to the manager here and a couple of players in the squad that I know, it seemed a good choice to make.

“Pushing for promotion is the biggest factor for myself.

“I wasn’t happy just sitting on the bench at Northampton and not getting much game time, I still feel like I’ve got a lot to give to a team so to come here and possibly get more minutes under my belt and get back on the scoresheet is a feeling that I’ve missed over the last two or three months.

“To join a group that is doing really well in the league is exciting and I want to try and help them as much as possible with my experience of this league.

“I’ve played at League One and League Two level for most of my career, it is something that I’m used to and I’ve played a lot of games and scored a lot of goals, so if I can help the younger lads with my experience at this level then it can only be a positive for the team.”

Town are still pursuing a deal to sign forward Keshi Anderson on a permanent basis following the conclusion of his loan from Crystal Palace and hope to wrap up a transfer this week.