Byrom: ‘The manager wanted to keep me, and I wanted to stay’

HANDS UP WHO WANTS TO STAY AT THE COBBLERS? - Joel Byrom has signed a new deal at Sixfields
HANDS UP WHO WANTS TO STAY AT THE COBBLERS? - Joel Byrom has signed a new deal at Sixfields

Joel Byrom admits he didn’t have to think twice before committing his future to the Cobblers.

The midfielder has signed a new two-year contract to stay with the club until the summer of 2017, and he says it wasn’t a tough decision to make.

“I wanted to get it done as soon as possible, because I have been happy since I have been here,” said Byrom.

“I wanted to get the contract sorted so I can concentrate on playing football.

“The future is sorted now, so the summer is my own, I am not going to have to look around for another club or anything.

“The manager told me he wanted to keep me, and I wanted to stay, so it was quite straightforward.”

The 28-year-old initially joined Town on loan from Preston last August, and then signed a short-term contract in January after being released by the Deepdale club.

He has been a key part of the Cobblers team throughout the season, and in the past four months has formed a reliable central midfield partnership with Jason Taylor.

“My form did dip when the team’s did, but since Christmas I have only looked forward,” said Byrom, who has made 41 appearances this season and scored three goals.

“I have had a good partnership with Jason Taylor, and the whole midfield complement each other.

“We all have different attributes, especially the two wide boys who have been exellent since coming in, and things have worked really well.

“I think things have gone well here overall. We have struggled a little bit in certain parts of the season, and that has ended up killing us.

“But looking towards next season, I hope it is going to be a productive one.

“There is a great bunch of lads here, and you can tell that by the way we are playing.

“We are full of confidence at the minute, we have done really well since Christmas, and we can take that into next season.”