Harry Beautyman has revealed he had plenty of offers to join other clubs, but the draw of him staying a league one player proved the key to him choosing newly-promoted Cobblers.
Having worked hard through the non-League route to make his way up to the third tier of English football, the player didn’t want to take a step backwards once it became clear Peterborough United no longer wanted him.
He says he received offers from some of the more high profile clubs in league two, but the fact Rob Page and the Cobblers could offer him league one football was a clincher.
“I had a lot of opportunities to go to league two and teams that want to be pushing for the title, but for me it was important I tried to stay in league one,” said Beautyman, who was a trainee at Leyton Orient, but never made a first team appearance for the Os before moving on to Sutton United and Welling.
“I had a little bit of interest from league one clubs as well early on when I knew I would no longer be at Peterborough, but nothing came of it for one reason or another.
“So it is nice to say in league one and start this journey with Northampton.”
Since he took over following the departure of Chris Wilder, manager Page has spoken of the importance of bringing in players of the right character to enhance the Cobblers squad.
And it seems in Beautyman, he has found a player that certainly fits the bill on that front.
“The main thing for me is trying to buy into the philosophy at the club,” said the 24-year-old.
“One thing I am about, whether things are going good or bad, I will always give 100 per cent for the club and that is a given.
“Some people might not look at it that way, but for me when things aren’t going well it shows more character that you are trying hard and that you still want to get on the ball.
“In terms of the where I play, that is going to be the manager’s decision and I am just happy to be here.
“I can’t wait to get started. The start of the season isn’t far away now, and I am really excited.
“It is going to be a tough league, but it is a challenge I am looking forward to.”
Beautyman began this week training with Oldham Athletic, and played for the Latics in a pre-season friendly against Preston North End on Tuesday night.
So it was quite a turn of events for the player to be signing for Northampton less than two days day later.
There was some suggestion that Beautyman, who lives in Peterborough, didn’t want to up sticks make the move the Greater Manchester, but the player insists any travel arrangements had nothing to do with his decision.
“It was nothing to do with the the travel to be honest,” he said.
“I would have been more than happy to move further away from home, it was all about the feel for the club.
“I wanted the feel of the club to be right, and it is at Northampton.”