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The Cobblers boss speaking after the first week of training

3 July 2021

Manager Jon Brady declared himself pleased with the progress made by his squad as he looked back on the first week of pre-season training at Moulton College.

"The first week has been really good. We did some testing at the end of the week before and we have been in training for a full week this week," he said.

"The boys have come back fit and strong, and Millsy is recovering well from his end of season injury. He has seen the specialist and he has started running and we will build him up over the next two to three weeks to get him back in to full training and then involved in the matches.

"The new recruits all look strong, they have reported in good shape. We still have a few spots to fill in the squad and a few places available and we are looking at some of the options that we have. We have a few trialists with us at the moment and that is making training very competitive as they look to make their mark.

"Players nowadays have their off season programmes but they do return super fit and ready to go. It is about us topping them up, making sure they are football fit and that they know our principles and what is expected of them."

A huge positive for Brady is that supporters are returning to matches, starting in limited numbers at Sileby, and he says he can't wait to see the fans.

"The Sileby game next week will be about making some connections on the pitch and also connecting us back to the fans," he said.

"It will be great to see fans back at games and for the fans to see the new players, the new staff and to also get to see some of the players we have had at the club for some time now. It will be good to bring everyone back together and for me that is what I am looking forward to most next week."

The summer recruitment work is not over, as the Cobblers boss admitted.

He added: "We have got more recruitment work to do, and the balance of the squad is not as we want it yet. There are still positions available, particularly in defensive areas and that is what we are working on at the moment. We will have a few players in on trial over the next few weeks so we can cast our eye over them and take a close look at them and Martin Foyle is also hard at work assessing some targets for us too."

Finally, Brady had praise for the club's new training pitches at Moulton College, and says they are 'top class'.

"It has been great to be at Moulton. This is our working area and this will make the times when we come back to Sixfields on matchdays extra special. Paul Knowles and his team have worked really hard on both the training pitches and the pitch at Sixfields and the pitches we have at Moulton are the best we have ever had. They are top class.

"We know the start to the season will be tough. We face five away games out of seven in August and that will test the squad but we also know there will be an expectation on us. We won't judge ourselves in the first game or the first few weeks, the challenge for us is to be constantly improving, to ensure we are moving forward and improving every day working towards being the best we can be and that’s as far ahead as we are looking at the moment."

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