Cobblers boss not intending to improve Jacobs' contract - yet

Ian Sampson says he is happy with the deal rising star midfielder Michael Jacobs is currently on at the Cobblers.

And the Town boss has confirmed there has been no contact – yet – from other clubs about signing the 18-year-old.

Jacobs has burst onto the Sixfields scene with man-of-the-match displays in his first two games of the season, and his performance in the Carling Cup win over Brighton in midweek is certain to have alerted several scouts.

As it stands, the Kettering-born youngster is on the standard first-year professional deal offered to all players when they come through the club's youth system.

Because he has been spotted and nurtured by Northampton, a compensation package would be in the club's favour if he was to leave the club outside his current deal.

Factors like that, and the absence of any concrete interest to date, keep Sampson cool about the future of a player who has become a key player almost overnight.

"I'm happy with the contract Michael is on here," said Sampson. "He's contracted here until the end of the season.

"He has only played a game and a half of senior football and there hasn't been any interest in the player yet.

"We'd like interest in all of our players but at the moment Michael has taken the spotlight because of the way he has played so far.

"If anyone rings me up about him then I'll talk to them and I'll tell them what he's all about, but nobody has contacted me yet."

Kevin Thornton should be available for selection after recovering from illness, but Liam Davis will still be missing with an ankle injury and Chris Dunn's knee problem keeps him on the sidelines.

Craig Hinton returned to light jogging earlier this week but has suffered a setback in terms of his recovery.

The central defender has been referred to a specialist for a second time after suffering discomfort in the same knee that has kept him out of action since the final game of last season.

"He's got patella tendonitis just below the knee and it's causing him a few problems at the moment," confirmed Sampson, who is expected to name an unchanged side from the one that beat Brighton on Tuesday night. "He can't seem to run without experiencing any pain at the moment and it's lasting longer than we thought we would.

"Craig went to see a specialist about it at the end of last season and he will go again to see what the best course of action is."