Clarke Carlisle has left Preston North End after the cancellation of his season long loan from Burnley.
The Preston-born central defender will now join Northampton Town from the Clarets on loan in a bid to help their fight against relegation from League Two.
Carlisle’s final game in PNE colours came last Saturday when he scored with a header in the 2-1 defeat to Yeovil Town.
He joined North End in July, fulfilling a career-long ambition to play for his home town club.
Preston boss Graham Westley said: “Clarke has been a terrific professional over the last couple of weeks but was finding it difficult to merge his wider responsibilities with the new regime that I have introduced at the club.
“He gave me all he could whilst I settled in, never missing a moment until I could replace him.
“The move to Northampton allows us both to move on in a positive way which is how we agreed to work together.”
Carlisle, 32 - chairman of the PFA - made 27 appearances for North End.