AIDY BOOTHROYD says he will not be ‘held to ransom’ by Michael Hoganson and has confirmed he has no intention of altering the contract the Cobblers have offered to the winger.
The former Newcastle United trainee scored twice and created another goal in Town’s latest pre-season friendly, a 4-0 win against United Counties League side Cogenhoe United.
It was a good display from Hoganson, who has been on trial with the club all summer and who was offered a one-year deal after Saturday’s defeat to Corby Town.
But Boothroyd said: “I don’t think we should put all our hopes on one player – Michael has got an offer, he’ll either sign it or he won’t but I won’t be changing it.
“As much as I like him and as much as I rate him the last thing I’m going to do is be held to ransom by him.
“He’s not like that, but the people around him might be. If he doesn’t sign it there are a lot of footballers who will want to be part of this squad.
“If he does sign it he’s got a real chance. He’s got a lot of talent, he’s got a lot of work to do but he’s the type of character you want around the place.”
Hoganson was joined on the score sheet by Adebayo Akinfenwa and Alex Nicholls in a game that saw the Cooks fight hard only for the superior fitness of the professional side to show through.
Boothroyd was encouraged by the performance as a reaction to the defeat at Steel Park, something he admitted to using as motivation for his squad.
“I’m not any happier or any more miserable than I was after the Corby game because it’s about getting minutes into their legs and that’s what we’ve done,” he said.
“We had a 60-30 split on Saturday and we had a 60-30 split in this game too so that was the most important thing.
“Even though we’re nowhere near our timing the defeat to Corby was a stick I could hit the players with and that helped because against Cogenhoe we were very good.
“We looked fit, we looked strong, there was an appetite to go and score and an athleticism that we perhaps haven’t had for a while.”