CLIVE PLATT has labelled Aidy Boothroyd as the most professional man he has ever worked with after the Cobblers manager signed him for a third time.
And the 34-year-old striker believes being reunited with the Town boss will extend his career.
When the two met for the first time, Boothroyd presented Platt with a number of articles detailing the various training methods other players have used to continue playing well into their late-thirties.
It was, the striker says, a measure of the meticulous preparation the manager regularly undertakes and illustrated the professionalism he knows he will find at his new club.
“He’s the most professional manager I’ve ever worked with,” he said. “He looks at every aspect, of the opposition, of ourselves, being at peak performance and that everyone knows what they’re doing.
“I’ve played in teams under Aidy where we haven’t played well and we’ve won games because we all know what we’re doing when we go out onto the field.
Platt has signed a two-year deal, which will take him up to within three months of his 37th birthday, and is a contract that could well be among his last in football.
But the 600-game veteran hopes to have at least another year or two in his legs – with Boothroyd’s assistance.
“I want to extend my career and my best bet for doing that will be for working for someone like Aidy,” he said.
“When I first came to the club to meet him, he gave me some articles to read about players like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes who have played for much longer and how they have changed their routines as they’ve got older.
“So he’s already looking at every individual he’s got and the ones who are in that older bracket, he’s looking at programmes that are tailored to them.
“He’s advised me to do more yoga, your metabolism changes as you get older and so my diet has changed, he’s doing all these things to help me play longer.”
Platt was part of the Cobblers squad that jetted off to Croatia for a seven-day training camp yesterday morning.