Cobblers boss on summer targets
Aidy Boothroyd has been talking about some of the positions he is looking to strengthen during this close season.
“We definitely need to bring in a goalkeeper," he said.
“I have already made a few enquiries and I know the player that I want.
“I think had we gone up we would have had a much better chance of Lee Nicholls coming back here but I think the way that he has performed and the fact that Wigan have gone down he will be fighting for a first-team place there next season.
“I know he wants to play and you can never say never but I’ve gone down another avenue because I’m certainly expecting him to be at Wigan next season.
“I think it’s becoming a club’s market again because of the recession and there will be no shortage of good goalkeepers available.
“We also need either one or two wide players and another front player.
“Defensively I think we will be quite a strong unit but it’s certainly the creative and goalscoring side that we need to improve.
“This club is a more attractive proposition now and we are going to find it easier to attract players than when we were at the bottom of the league.
“I want to make us better and stronger next season and that’s not going to be easy but its up to me to target the right players and then sell the club to them.
“I’d like to sign players permanently rather than on loan and what I’ve found is that the majority of players who have come here on loan have got more out of us than we’ve got from them.
“There are exceptions like Lee Nicholls who was outstanding but they are few and far between.
“I think the loan market is for stop gaps and the more permanent signings we can get the better.”