BOSS Aidy Boothroyd admits that Clarke Carlisle would be a ‘perfect’ player for the Cobblers to sign for next season - but that he also won’t be betting on him strutting his stuff at Sixfields.
The Cobblers manager has made little secret of the fact that he is in the market for at lease one more central defender to add to his squad ahead of the new campaign.
Following last night’s 4-3 friendly defeat at the hands of npower Championship side Derby County at Sixfields he again re-iterated that and signing a goalkeeper is his priority, and admitted he hasn’t as yet ruled out a Carlisle return to Sixfields.
But he also made it clear that such a scenario, although beneficial to club, probably won’t happen.
“Clarke Carlisle will be absolutely perfect for us because he has a voice, and he has a presence,” said Boothroyd, who signed the central defender on loan from Burnley for the final five months of last season.
“But Clarke has a lot of things going on in his life.
“He is very fortunate that he is talented at a lot of other things and there are alot of TV people that want him now, and he has a decision to make on whether he continues to play professional football, or whether he gets heavily involved with the PFA, or whether he goes and does his TV work.
“It is nice to have choices. but it is getting to the stage now where I am thinking ‘well, are you coming or not?’
“And if he decides that he’s not, then that is fine, he goes with our best wishes as he was a key player in keeping the club in the Football League last season.
“Having said all of that, we can’t pin our hopes on one player so I have two or three others I am watching and monitoring, and will get out and have a look at in the next few days.”
And Bootrhoyd added that although he feels Carlisle giving up playing would be a mistake, he hinted that may well be exactly what he will do.
“I think it’s too early for Clarke to retire, and we have a relationship where he may listen to what I say,” said Boothroyd.
“But Clarke has a family up in the north and that has to be the priority for any guy.
“So what will be will be. If I was a betting man, and I’m not, I wouldn’t put any money on him wearing our shirt for this season, and I think we might be seeing him with a microphone rather than a Cobblers shirt.”
The Cobblers are back in pre-season action on Saturday when a Tottenham Hotspur XI come to Sixfields.