Caretaker manager Andy King has paid tribute to veteran front man Clive Platt who has had his contract terminated and has left the Cobblers.
The 34-year-old was under contract with the club until the summer, but he has had his time at Sixfields cut short.
Signed from Coventry City by Aidy Boothroyd in the summer of 2012, Platt suffered with injuries throughout his time with Northampton.
He managed 37 starts and 17 substitute appearances in the claret and white, scoring eight goals.
What proved to be his final appearance for the club was also Boothroyd’s final game in charge, the 4-1 Sixfields defeat at the hands of Wycombe Wanderers on December 21.
Platt has been struggling since the back end of last season with a calf problem.
He underwent an operation in the summer, but his recovery took longer than he expected and he broke down again in the first half of that defeat to Wanderers.
“I am a big fan of Clive Platt, both as a footballer and a human being,” said King, who today signed two loan players in Matty Blair and Sean McGinty.
“He is a lovely man, and I say that honestly.
“Simply, at the end of the season I don’t think the option (to stay at the club) will be there for Clive, he is older now.
“He is getting older, and he knows football is becoming more difficult, it is just a fact of life.
“Clive hasn’t played games, and he gets injuries, and that is only going to get worse not get better.
“I can vouch for this so believe me, the older you get it gets harder.”
King went on to pay tribute to a player he believes doesn’t get the credit he deserves for his team play.
“Over his career Clive has been a fantastic player, he has been a top striker,” said King.
“I used to argue with him when we were at Colchester, and I used to be his critic, the reason being he was such an unselfish player.
“Winning a game and being in a team was more important to Clive than scoring goals.
“He got a kick out of setting goals up for other people, and that is unusual.
“A lot of people are selfish and only worry about themselves.
“I know players that, the team will lose 3-1, yet they will say, ‘well I scored...’
“Clive never had that attitude, and he has been underestimated a lot in his career.
“I have always been a fan, on and off the pitch.
“All I can do, on behalf of the club, is thank Clive for what he has tried to do here, and what he has done here.
“The irony is, he probably had one of his best games for the club against Accrington the other week.”