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04:59 18th July 2013

York City v Northampton Town

Northampton Town boss Aidy Boothroyd is ready for the big kick off at York City on Saturday

“I’m ready and I’m thoroughly excited about the season ahead," he said

“It’s come round very quickly as it always does but I’m excited about the games coming around again.

“I think we’ve got a good squad together and we want to make sure that we do well in the league this year as well as hopefully having a cup run or two as well.

“The performance against Leicester was as good a performance from a Northampton team certainly in my time, the game could have gone either way but we played some excellent football and that is something we are able to do now.

“I’ve got some good players at my disposal and the stick I’ve got to hit them with now is to reach those heights on a regular basis.

“I have had good players before but I just think that this group are a different calibre and I think we have got the makings of a really good team.

“I think potentially the players I am most excited about are Danny Emerton and JJ Hooper and we’ve got a nice group of players in their late teens and early 20s that may well be the future of the club.

“We’ve got a nice group of experienced players as well and its up to us to mould all that together to see if we can create a team that not only wins games but also entertains as well.

“We’ve got a smaller group of players this year which is by choice but I still think we have got a group that can challenge providing that we can hang onto the coat tails of the leading teams in the division until the time when it really counts.

“We’ve seen York a couple of times in pre-season and they will be a different team under Nigel Worthington to what they were under Gary Mills.

“They will be a lot more solid and a lot more forward thinking in the way that they play and they will be bigger physically.

“I’ve got a lot of time for Nigel, I know him really well and I will always be grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to be a youth team coach at Norwich.

“York turned us over here at the end of last season so I certainly owe him one and I’m really looking forward to going up there.”