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The latest from the Cobblers boss

22 June 2021

With the squad reporting back for pre-season training on Thursday, we caught up with manager Jon Brady to discuss a number of topics.

First up was the appointment of Colin Calderwood as assistant manager, something Brady is very pleased about.

"We feel Colin is a very strong appointment for the club," he said. "He has a great affinity with the club, we think he will be a great addition to our coaching staff and it will be fantastic to be able to draw on his experience. Speaking personally, I have spoken with Colin a few times and we can't wait to build that relationship further.

"We are really excited about the coaching staff we have put together. We all live locally, we all have a passion and an affection for the club and with that energy, enthusiasm, experience, know how and local affiliation across the group we feel we will really complement each other."

In terms of playing additions, Brady is pleased with the business completed so far and says the work continues.

"We have got four new players in so far and of course there are more to come as we have a number of positions we need to strengthen and we are working really hard to do that.

“Martin Foyle is working flat out - we've got four in at the moment and there are more to come but we are taking a detailed approach and taking our time and making sure things are right for the club. The team shape will really start to form as we move closer to and through pre-season."

The squad report for pre-season testing on Thursday and Brady says it will be a busy few weeks.

"The players will go through a series of testing on Thursday and Friday and then we will see where we are at,” he said.

“Pre-season training starts in earnest on Monday and it will be a tough six weeks for us. We will be fit and as prepared as we can be come the first game, we are really looking forward to it and personally, I can't wait to do what I feel I do best, which is to get out on the training pitch coaching.

"Players nowadays report back for pre-season fitter than ever and that's what we are expecting when we get the group together. They have had their summer programmes to follow and we expect them to report back in good shape, ready to start to fight for a starting berth in the team."

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