Striker Alex Nicholls is to be rewarded for fighting back to fitness by being offered a new contract by Cobblers boss Chris Wilder.
Nicholls hasn’t played a competitive game since October, 2012, when he suffered a double leg fracture in the process of scoring a goal in a 2-0 win over Port Vale.
The former Walsall man, whose previous contract ran out at the end of July, has faced a series of operations and medical procedures, and well as a lengthy rehabilitation.
But all the player’s hard work is set to pay dividends as, after he returned to playing action in pre-season, he is to be offered a short-term contract at Sixfields.
Wilder is keen to reward Nicholls for his efforts in regaining fitness, but the Town manager also feels the player still has some way to go to be ready for the week in, week out rigours of Sky Bet League Two football.
That being the case, Nicholls is likely to be offered a deal until January, and then may go out on loan, with the plan being he proves his fitness further and then can be offered a more long-term deat at Sixfields.
“We have beebn delighted with Alex’s progress and we are going to offer him something,” confirmed Wilder.
“I am in dicussions with the chairman, and we are going to offer a deal, but we have to decide on the length and the numbers.
“We would like to offer him something with the view that he does well and then we can offer longer.
“Initially we are possibly looking until Christmas, Alex understands that, and it gives him enough time to go out and play games.
“Whether he plays in our first team, which would be great, or the reserves or we might even look to get him out on loan to get a bulk of matches.
“The pleasing thing for Alex is that we want him to do well, and we consider him part of the plans.
“He has done everything that has been asked of him and now we need to see him go again, and as soon as that happens we will be in a position to talk again.
“As always, the financial situation has to be dealt with sensibly, the I feel length of the deal is being dealt with sensibly.
“It’s not a week, it’s not a month, but it’s not two or three years either.
“Alex’s attitude is spot on, and I have spoken to him at length, so he will come and sign, he’ll do well, and we will improve it. He understands that.”