In a week that has seen one player out, one player on the move subject to a medical, and one joining on a two year deal, it has been another week of progression for Northampton Town in their preparation for the new season.
Well done to Michael Jacobs on his move to Championship side Derby County for an undisclosed fee which so many seem to be nowadays. We will probably never find out the real price that Crackers was sold for but we do know that only a small amount of this fee will go back into the playing side as the club has other costs to cover in wages etc. This is fair enough by me as the safeguarding of our football club is paramount and we know that David Cardoza will spend what is required and back his manager if needs be. Crackers also mentioned in a local newspaper that our great rivals from Peterborough United would have been hard to turn down had it been the only option as he felt the time was right to move on. On the bright side thank god for the top class facilities on offer at Pride Park which I know will be top notch a lot better than that chicken coup that Peterborough play in.
Another player who could also be on the move is Arron Davies he could be on his way to Exeter City on a free which is currently subject to a medical. Arron joined us on a two year deal last season and looked good in patches but he always seems to me to be afraid to put a tackle in even more so since his injury in the opening months of the season. I just don’t think he has the capacity for a fight and in League Two we need a battling midfield who can compete for 90 minutes and in my eyes Arron just does not fit the bill. The writing has been on the wall for Arron since Aidy Boothroyd has taken over as he has not figured in a first team squad and I just don’t think he is Aidy’s type of player. I hope he can get his career back on track as you don’t win international caps by not being a good player, sometimes players just don’t work out at certain clubs and unfortunately for Arron that is the case with us.
Another new signing was made this week when we managed to sign the exciting Ishmel Demontagnac on a free transfer after he was released by Notts County. He burst on to the football league scene as a 17 year old at Walsall but left there after many disciplinary issues as the manager at the time said he had a lot of talent but let himself down with his attitude and off field problems. He also has Premier League experience with Blackpool and is a pacy left sided midfielder who is also known for the extravagant goal or two. I am excited about this signing but it may go one of two ways. He could be disruptive for the rest of the squad or could be that missing link on the wing floating in the crosses for Bayo and Clive Platt in the new season and then we will all be raving about him. Welcome to Sixfields Ishmel we wait with baited breath.
Still no news on the potential signing of Clarke Carlisle but as they say no news could be good news, and at the end of it all you can only respect the big mans decision. There are rumors that a couple of northern sides are interested in the no nonsense defender and if he chooses that option it will be for family reasons as all of us know a big move can be disruptive for a family and relocating your family south will be hard but we can just hold out that glimmer of hope that he will sign.
Up The Cobblers!!