As was widely predicted by the media, defender Artell has signed a two-year deal with Northampton Town following his controversial departure from Vale Park.
The former Crewe defender did ‘agree’ a two year deal with the club, but following the deadlock of the Keith Ryder takeover, none of the contracts were able to be ratified with the Football League.
The club’s administrators have offered players revised contracts until the end of the season but Artell turned the new offer down.
Northampton manager Aidy Boothroyd told the Northampton Chronicle: “We’ve got a player who has been promoted three times, he’s a senior figure and he knows league two inside out.
“I tried to bring him in earlier in the season and I got knocked back. You then start going through your list of players and sometimes you get lucky, like we have here.
“Port Vale’s loss is unfortunate, but it’s our gain.”