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Young defender and club record holder signs professional contract

7 December 2022

Northampton Town defender Josh Tomlinson has signed a long term professional contract.

Kettering born Tomlinson, who has just turned 17, holds the records for the club's youngest ever appearance maker and youngest ever goalscorer and has already made four first team appearances.

"We are delighted to sign Josh to a long term professional deal," said manager Jon Brady.

"We rate Josh very highly. Despite his very young years, he has a maturity about him and anyone who has seen his performances for the first team will have witnessed.

"To hold the youngest ever appearance maker and the youngest ever goalscorer in the long history of this club is very special and we believe, if he continues his progress and continues to work hard, he could have a bright future ahead of him.

"He will be the first to admit he has a long way to go and a lot to learn and he will continue that education both within the academy and the first team squad but his performances so far have shown how much potential he has and that is a real credit to the work of Josh, his family and the academy here at the club and our player pathway.

"When I was the youth team manager, we bloodied Josh in the youth team when he was just 13, meaning he was also the youngest player ever to play for the youth team, and that is another club record he currently holds."

Tomlinson has so far made 73 appearances for the Northampton Town youth team, the highest number of appearances ever made by a youth team player.

Academy manager Ian Sampson added: "It is always a proud moment for the academy to see any player earn their first professional contract, particularly a local boy, and we are all thrilled for Josh.

"He has been a player we identified at a very young age as one with potential and we have been delighted to see his progress both with the academy and also when playing for the first team squad. He has come up through the age groups and we are very proud of him.

"He will know this is where the hard work starts, but we will continue to support, develop and challenge him to help him become the best player he can possibly be."

Tomlinson himself said: "I am very proud to sign this contract. I was proud to be the youngest ever player, then the youngest ever goalscorer and now to sign this contract is a dream come true.

"I have to say a big thank you to my family and all of the coaches I have worked with in the Northampton Town academy. This is a fantastic club to be a young player at, the coaching is top class and the environment is perfect to help young players develop. Shane Goddard has been a huge help to me and given my position I am lucky to have the experience of the likes of Ian Sampson and Kelvin Langmead to call upon in the academy as well as Colin Calderwood and of course Jon Brady in the first team.

"There is plenty of hard work ahead but I am delighted to have been offered and to sign this contract."

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