Boothroyd: Still work to be done on Cobblers squad

NEARING FULL FITNESS - goalkeeper Shane Higgs
NEARING FULL FITNESS - goalkeeper Shane Higgs

AIDY BOOTHROYD has confirmed there is still plenty of work to be done in terms of player recruitment before he will be satisfied with his Cobblers squad.

But the Town manager has hinted he will adopt a wait-and-see policy about signing a third goalkeeper to fill in until Shane Higgs is back from injury, anticipated to be around mid-September.

Boothroyd has already signed five new players this summer and talks are at an advanced stage to bring in a six-foot plus central defender on a season-long loan from an npower League One club.

It is unlikely that the player, who has been told his options at his parent club will be limited in the forthcoming campaign, will be added to the squad in the very near future, with the manager keen to focus on training work during the club’s pre-season camp in Croatia.

He is, however, anticipating several new arrivals through the Sixfields doors before the campaign gets underway against Cardiff City in the Capital One Cup on August 14.

“I don’t think we’re done yet, I think we’ve got a few to do,” he said.

“Every season, in pre-season, there are always a few people who step up and surprise you and one or two who might not be what you thought they’d be and they end up moving on.

“That’s the same at any club really. We’re by no means set in terms of what the team’s going to be for the first game, that’s very much up for grabs.

“There will be a few twists and turns along the way.”

One of those twists or turns could come in the goalkeeping department, where Neal Kitson is under contractual wraps and training hard with the squad at their base in Novigrad.

It had been mooted that the club would bring in an experienced stopper on loan but Boothroyd wants to monitor the recovery of first-choice gloveman Higgs, who ruptured his Achilles tendon in January, before making a decision.

“We’ll see how Shane is and how he does,” he said. “He’s out here with us (in Croatia) and he’s training hard. I want to make sure we give him the right time and as good as possible chance to come back.

“It was a bad injury that he had and I want to make sure that he’s fit before I decide what it is that we’re going to do.”