Scott Wharton has officially extended his loan spell with Northampton Town to take in their League Two play-off campaign.

Wharton has featured 40 times for the Cobblers, but saw his season-long loan deal from Rovers expire on May 31.

However, with Northampton having secured a play-off spot, which will see them face Cheltenham Town in a two-legged semi-final, Wharton’s deal has been extended through to the end of the month.

Wharton is eyeing a third consecutive promotion from the fourth tier, having spent the first half of last season with Lincoln City who lifted the League Two title.

He then had a mid-season switch to Bury, with the 22-year-old helping the Shakers to an automatic promotion spot.

Although the League Two season was curtailed last week, the play-offs, set to be contested by Cheltenham, Northampton, Exeter City and Colchester United, will take place later this month.

Keith Curle’s side finished seventh in the table, so will host fourth-placed Cheltenham at Sixfields on Thursday, June 18 (7.45pm), with the second leg at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Monday, June 22 (8pm).

Northampton will be bidding to join Swindon Town, Crewe Alexandra and Plymouth Argyle in to League One after their promotions were rubber-stamped last week.

The League Two play-off final at Wembley is scheduled for Monday, June 29.

Northampton placed their players on the Government’s job retention scheme last month, as well as a number of staff, so Wharton had previously been working to a training plan set by Rovers while the season was suspended.

He used his local cricket club, Salesbury, where his late grandfather was previously president and the club he represents on the odd occasion in the off season, to stay fit.

But he has been back at the Cobblers for the last few weeks preparing for their play-off campaign, and will then return to Rovers were he has another two years left to run on his contract.