Cobblers boss on his plans for the new season
Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd is happy to be patient at the moment over the out of contract players, but he is expecting a busy few weeks ahead.
“It’s a bit of a waiting game at the moment," he said in a Cobblers Player interview.
“A lot of the players are on holiday and we are just trying to ascertain whether or not the players we’ve offered contracts to want to stay with us.
“We are also waiting to hear back from two or three players who we’ve offered deals to but they are also on holiday so I think it is going to be a bit of a mad rush in the next couple of weeks, starting on Monday.
“I didn’t set a deadline for the players but it’s getting to the stage now where I’ve had to make a few phone calls and by the early part of next week I think we are going to know where we are.
“What a lot of players don’t realise is that there is going to be 700 players out of contract this summer, the top players will always be in high demand and one or two of the players that we are in for have got other clubs in for them as well.
“There will come a time when good players on good money are scratching around looking for something so I think it is about getting the best players that you can in now and then perhaps playing a bit of a waiting game for those players that put the icing on the cake to make the team special.
“We need a goalkeeper for sure but I think I’ve got that done now.
“We should know on that for definite in the early part of next week, defensively we are okay and I’m hoping Nathan Cameron is going to sign and if he does then I think we are going to be in a good situation there.
“In midfield depending on what happens with Luke and Ben I still think that we are going to need another central midfield player and another wide player.
“We need a striker as well and pretty much outside of the back four we need to strengthen in every position.
“We are still going to go with a quality squad but we are going to go with a small squad so the work that is done now off the pitch is going to be equally as important.
“We’ve got a few loan targets as well and we will move on them depending on what happens with the players we’ve offered contracts to.
“It’s a strange situation at the moment because you know what you want to do and the type of players you want to bring in and you’ve got names attached to that but you don’t always get the players you want.”