Billy McKay lands new Cobblers deal

Billy McKay will be a Cobblers player next season after the club activated a clause in his contract to keep him on at Sixfields.

And manager Ian Sampson says he has 'no doubt' winger Liam Davis will be offered a new deal in the very near future.

All offers to the club's players under the age of 24 have now been put in writing, which means the club will get a transfer fee if any of those players turn down their offer and sign for someone else.

One player who won't be on the move is McKay, who scored his eighth goal of the season at the weekend and who could have invoked a second year at the club if he had reached 10.

Sampson, though, has activated one in the club's favour to keep him at Sixfields anyway.

"Billy will be here for next year because there was a clause in his contract in our favour that we've activated," he said.

"There were times when we thought maybe he wasn't strong enough or maybe he wasn't doing the right things, but it's difficult when you come out of reserve-team football.

"League football is tough to come into, especially if you've had four years of reserve-team football like Billy had at Leicester.

"They didn't think he was good enough to play in their division but we picked him up and we're happy to keep him on."