Northampton Town have signed Burton striker Shaun Harrad for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half-year deal.Harrad, 26, whose contract was set to expire at the end of the season, has scored 76 goals in 245 league and FA Cup games for the Brewers. [LNB]"It is well known how keen we were to bring Shaun to the club," Cobblers boss Ian Sampson told the club website. [LNB]Meanwhile, Sampson has handed a new 18-month contract to midfielder Michael Jacobs, 18. [LNB]On Harrad's signing, the manager said: "We have worked very hard and had to be very patient, but we have finally been able to get the deal done. [LNB]"I would like to thank the chairman for allowing us to do the deal, we had to increase the original offer a couple of times to get the deal done and we did that. [LNB]"Shaun is a good goalscorer, has a fantastic attitude and is the sort of player who will help us kick on."[LNB] I would rather him go now and get a fee for him than lose him for free at the end of the season B-a-f-c_R-o-b Burton boss Paul Peschisolido added: "I'm disappointed to lose Shaun because he's a fantastic player and he's scored some great goals for us. [LNB]"We wanted him to stay because as a club we are building for the future and do not want to lose our best players. [LNB]"We have been in discussion with Shaun and his agent but he decided to reject a new contract with Burton Albion. [LNB]"He has received an offer from Northampton which would not be out of place at the top of League One or the Championship. I'm sure he'll go on to be a success at the club and we wish him all the best." [LNB]Harrad started his career at Notts County, but failed to become a regular first-team starter. [LNB]After a loan spell with Tamworth he joined Burton in the summer of 2005. [LNB]He has amassed at least 15 goals in each of his last three full seasons, collecting his highest haul of 22 in the last campaign. [LNB]Jacobs has signed an improved deal with the Cobblers, after extending his number of appearances at the club to 29 this season. [LNB]The 18-year-old academy product made his debut in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in October 2009, helping his side to a 2-1 win over Bournemouth. [LNB]"We're delighted that Michael has signed this deal and its good news for the club and its good news for Michael," added Sampson. [LNB]"We want him to keep learning his trade at Northampton and we're delighted to have him. [LNB]"He has improved a lot over the last 18 months, and we hope he will continue to do so as he gains experience. He has quickly become an important player for us, I know he enjoys playing for the club and we are delighted he will be staying with us."