Boothroyd’s enthusiasm can help bring success

Northampton Town Football Club v Oxford United at Sixfields.'Aidy Boothroyd.
Northampton Town Football Club v Oxford United at Sixfields.'Aidy Boothroyd.

Chris Hackett is confident the enthusiasm of Cobblers manager Aidy Boothroyd will lead to a successful season at Sixfields.

The former Oxford United winger became the latest new recruit at the club this week, signing a two-year contract after the expiry of his deal at Millwall.

Hackett had been with the Lions for six years, although he spent past of his final season with the south London club on loan at Wycombe Wanderers.

In his first season at the New Den, Millwall went up to the championship, and Hackett is hoping to recreate that promotion buzz in claret and white.

“It’s not all about the division you’re playing in,” he said. “I had success at Millwall a couple of seasons ago when we got promoted out of league one and you can’t beat that feeling.

“Whatever league you’re in, there’s nothing like playing in a team that is achieving things and pushing for promotion.

“You can quite easily just sit somewhere and tick over but Aidy’s enthusiasm and the chairman’s enthusiasm to put a squad together and win games is a big factor for any player.”

Hackett was originally a target for Boothroyd and the Cobblers during the January transfer window and his arrival at the club ends a long pursuit of the player by his new manager.

Boothroyd’s enthusiasm to sign Hackett is matched by his enthusiasm on the training ground, where the first-team squad reported back for the first day of pre-season training this week, albeit in very unseasonal weather.

“Aidy has shown a lot of interest in me for a long time, he’d been in touch with me since the end of last season,” he said.

“He’s always been very keen to get me down here as part of a squad he’s putting together to challenge and achieve things and that excited me.

“He’s very enthusiastic, he wants to win and everyone who plays football wants to be part of a team that is achieving things and being successful.”