PAUL TURNBULL will again play a significant role for the Cobblers in their pre-season friendly against Chelsea at Sixfields on Saturday (ko 3pm), but the midfielder is still not a part of manager Aidy Boothroyd’s long-term plans.
Turnbull has never been in favour since Boothroyd took over at Sixfields in November last year, playing only a couple of games before being dropped and then loaned out to Stockport County.
Despite having a year left on his contract, Turnbull was expected to leave Sixfields in the close season, but he has been unable to find himself a new club and remains a Cobblers player.
He has played in both of the cub’s pre-season friendlies to date at Corby Town and Cogenhoe United, and will be involved again tomorrow as the Blues youngsters come to town.
And although Boothroyd still sees Turnbull’s future being with another club, he revealed that, as long as he is contracted to the club, he will remain part of the squad.
“I will never ostracise any player, and get them to train on their own or with the kids,” said the Cobblers boss. “They have got to really uspet me for me to do that, and I haven’t done it yet.
“I haven’t done it because I have had it done to me as a player. I know what it’s like, and it’s not right.
“You have to treat people properly and you have to treat them with respect, and Paul is an honest pro who is a genuine guy.
“In my opinion, there are players at this club that are ahead of him for central midfield, but he is part of our squad and he will play in the friendlies because that is what we are doing, we are mixing and matching things.”
It seems Turnbull has certainly helped himself with his attitude around the club, and Boothroyd says that will earn him a glowing reference from him when he does eventually move on.
“I am hoping for everybody’s sake that he gets to play football,” said the Town boss.
“Of all the lads that have moved on to other things, Paul loves playing more than any of them.
“That’s why he took the drop in league last season to go and play for Stockport, and I respect and admire him for that.
“I have been really impressed with Paul’s attitude, he is a terrific lad, and it is about him finding himself a club, and for both us and him moving forward,”.
“But he will never get anything less than a good recommendation from me.”