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Cobblers boss praises club and player for his development over the last year

7 August 2020

Keith Curle says he has no doubts that Charlie Goode is capable of playing in the Premier League, and praised both the player and the club for his development over the last twelve months.

"When we recruited Charlie, I felt he could play Championship football but with the progressions he has made and the development he has shown with us, he can play Premier League football, no problem," he said.

"He would not look out of place in the Premier League at all. These are the type of players we are looking for, we want players who can step up a level or two and who we can develop and improve and that is a big thing for us in the transfer market.

"It is always a balance, some players we need to bring in for the here and now, some we can bring in for the future.

"Charlie is one we brought in for the future and in just a year with the club he has developed superbly. The good thing is, because of the good housekeeping we show, we are in a good position.

"As a club we are on an upward curve. As an individual, he is on an upward curve, so we are in tune and aligned.

"We are able to match his ambitions at the moment and that is important.

"Good housekeeping is always important, this summer more than ever. It is my responsibility to the owners and the supporters to ensure we get value for money in any deals we do and only bring players who I think will bring value for money.

"What I won't do is put the club at an unreasonable risk during these uncertain times and create a knock on effect that will last years. We will look to take the club forward in a sustainable way.

"In any deal we do, either in or out, we are looking for value for money. If someone does want Charlie, they will need to match our value. Because of the good housekeeping we show, we are under no pressure. We will only do any deal, in or out, that is a good deal for the club."

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