JAKE ROBINSON will be handed a fresh start by the Cobblers when the squad returns for pre-season training next month.
But manager Aidy Boothroyd has confirmed the club would have to consider any transfer offers they receive for the forward, who was included in a list of players that were told they would not be first-team contenders in the forthcoming campaign.
Also in that group were midfielders Arron Davies and Paul Turnbull, and defender Byron Webster, a trio Boothroyd says will find themselves ‘well down’ the pecking order next term.
Robinson, though, could be closer to the starting line-up, and the manager feels the former Shrewsbury and Torquay man, who failed to score in his first season in Town colours, could benefit from playing in a more progressive team.
“Every player has a price and everyone wants to play but I think where Jake is concerned, he’s got a fantastic reputation, he’s scored a lot of goals and things just haven’t worked out for him so far,” he said.
“If somebody offers us something for him then we’d have to consider it but he’s a decent player and he’ll get a new start next year.
“In this market, you’ve got to try to get whatever you can but I’m not touting him because I like Jake, he’s a good player and in a winning environment he could well become an important player for us.
“Arron and Paul are going to be well down the pecking order, Byron wants to play and he will have offers but he won’t be a starter in my team.
“I’m sure all those situations will be resolved one way or another as we go along.”
Robinson has made no secret of his desire to stay at Northampton and believes a move now – after enduring such a torrid first season in claret and white - would represent a personal failure on his part.
And it seems Boothroyd is in no rush to move the player on.
“If he stays and he’s a success, I’m happy with that,” he said. “I’m not sitting here thinking ‘I hope somebody comes in for him, I’ve got to move him on’, I’m not like that.
“We haven’t got any bad lads here, there isn’t someone you wouldn’t want in your dressing room but they will all want to go and play football.”