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4 March 2013

Moyo and Dias join Snedker and Hornby in turning professional

Following on from the professional contracts already signed by Lewis Hornby and Dean Snedker, Northampton Town have handed professional deals for next season to Claudio Dias and David Moyo.

With midfielder Dias and striker Moyo joining Hornby and Snedker in the professional ranks, that means four professional players have emerged from the seven youth players in this particular year.

Central defender Harry Mattock, full back Jordan Chambers and midfielder George Craddock are the players who have not been offered terms.

In other news, Northampton Town's under 13 Academy striker Glenn Middleton has joined Norwich City for an undisclosed fee.

Academy Manager Trevor Gould said, "To have four players out of seven in this year move through in to the professional ranks is a terrific achievement. It says a lot for the attitude of the boys, the dedication and expertise of our coaches and is of great credit to the boys, their families, and the Academy here. 

"Of course there are three players who haven't been offered terms and we send our best wishes to those boys. They are all good players and we will do what we can to help get them fixed up elsewhere.

"As for Glenn, we could not stand in his way when he had the chance to join a Premier League Academy. The professional contracts for David and Claudio and the move for Glenn shows there are clear pathways both into our first team squad and into the Premier League for any young players joining us. Not only do they receive the highest quality of care and coaching while with Northampton Town, but the examples are there so they can see what can be achieved."

Aidy Boothroyd said, "Both David and Claudio have earned their deals but the hard work starts now. In many ways, your first professional contract is the easy part. They must keep working hard, listening and gaining experience every day to become better players. Football is a very competitive industry and both players know what is ahead of them. I have been impressed with their performances on the pitch and their attitude off the pitch and I would like to congratulate them on their contracts."

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