Cobblers new boy pays tribute to Sampson's ambition

NEW BOY Nathaniel Wedderburn says Ian Sampson was a big reason why he chose to join the Cobblers.

The midfielder, who turns 19 at the end of the month, put pen to paper on a two-year deal at Sixfields yesterday following his release from Stoke City.

And he immediately paid tribute to the ambitious nature of his new boss who had been monitoring the player for a number of months.

Wedderburn caught Sampson's eye as the loanee bossed the midfield for Hereford in their 3-1 league two win at Sixfields last December.

The Town manager had also watched the left-footed ace, who can play in a number of roles including central midfield and left-back, at England under-19 level.

So, as soon Stoke chose to release him, Sampson pounced and immediately outlined his plans for next season, plans which impressed Wedderburn.

"He's (Sampson) a good guy I'm looking forward to working with him," said the youngster, who was named academy player-of-the-year during his stay at the Britannia Stadium. "Ian really helped my decision, his thoughts and what he thinks the club can achieve."

Wedderburn had been offered trials at other clubs but he claims the concrete offer from Cobblers sold him straight away.

He added: "There were a few (clubs) that just wanted me to go for a trial, but this one was my first offer and that's what I wanted.

"I didn't want to be messing around, I wanted to be ready for the start of the season."