JOE WIDDOWSON says Aidy Boothroyd’s enthusiasm to sign him made the Cobblers the natural choice for the in-demand left-back.
Widdowson was a target for a number of other clubs after being released by Rochdale earlier this summer, with Scunthorpe United confirming their interest in the player.
But he chose Sixfields, putting pen to paper on a two-year contract at Town that will begin on August 1.
And the 23-year-old cited the enthusiasm shown by Boothroyd when the two met for initial talks as the decisive factor in him agreeing to move south.
“Aidy Boothroyd got in touch with me, asked me to come down for a chat and the meeting was really positive,” he said.
“I knew about his reputation before I came down, I know one of the guys who’s just signed (Ishmel Demontagnac) and another one who was already here (Nana) so I knew what it was all about.
“The manager sold it to me after that. It wasn’t a difficult decision, out of all the managers I spoke to the manager here seemed the most enthusiastic and the most keen to have me.
“That made my mind up quite easily.”
Widdowson’s release by Rochdale, who were relegated to npower League Two at the end of last season, came as something of a surprise after he made 66 appearances in two seasons at Spotland.
The defender will get a chance to make an immediate impression at his former club, with Northampton due to play there on the opening day of the forthcoming campaign.
“That will be good, I’m looking forward to going back there straight away,” he said. “I had a couple of good seasons there and I’ve got a lot of friends at the club.”