Shaun Harrad believes he has more chance of playing in League One next year after leaving Burton Albion.
Harrad completed his move to Northampton last week and has joined a side six points higher up the table.
He said: "I'd been with Burton for six years and I needed a new challenge.
"I enjoyed every minute there but I am here now and it is definitely a step up.
"I'm not saying Burton can't get up because they are a good side but I see Northampton as a better bet to make the play-offs."
Harrad - who missed a debut against Oxford at the weekend after undergoing a scheduled operation on his mouth - added: "I had the operation on Friday to have two implants in my front two teeth, it all went well and I've started training now with the lads.
"I got married in the summer and two days into my honeymoon I slipped on some rocks and lost my two teeth. It was an unlucky accident but it's all behind me now.
"This club has been in League One before, they know how to get there and they match my ambitions. Who's to say that I'm guaranteed a start? The lads did well on Saturday and I will have to work really hard to get into the team but I have come here to make a late charge for the play-offs.
"I don't want to sit in midtable. I'm more than confident I'll get goals at this level and shoot us up the table."