Cobblers squad player-by-player verdict: Who should stay and who should leave?

Cobblers boss Keith Curle has already made it clear that he intends to make major changes to his playing squad during this summer's transfer window.

Tuesday, 30th April 2019, 6:24 pm
Updated Tuesday, 30th April 2019, 8:03 pm
Keith Curle is set to oversee a major overhaul this summer. Picture: Pete Norton

A number of players are out of contract and several others are expected to leave. After a disappointing season for the Cobblers, we take a look at who should say and who should leave.

Has exceeded expectations during a steady season between the sticks, though can expect far greater competition for his place next year. Verdict: STAY
Hasn't had anywhere near the game-time he would have wanted since signing nearly two years ago, not playing a single minute this season. Needs to leave for the good of his career. Verdict: LEAVE

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Out of contract in the summer and it's hard to see how he gets another one given his lack of opportunities (two starts in 13). Looked a real find when he first signed but hasn't been able to maintain that standard. Verdict: LEAVE
An excellent acquisition on loan in January. Helped tighten up the defence, either at centre-half or full-back, and even played through the pain of a broken nose. Verdict: SIGN (if possible)
Has enjoyed an excellent and consistent season in central defence, so much so he'll likely attract interest from clubs in higher divisions this summer. Cobblers would do well to fend it off. Verdict: CASH IN (if he won't stay)
A fine defender on his day but hasn't had his day often enough this season. Already stated he doesn't want to stay in League Two and with Curle keen to rebuild, it might suit both parties to go their separate ways. Verdict: LEAVE
Didn't feature at all under Austin but the defender-turned-midfielder has been a revelation ever since Curle arrived. Excellent and consistent at the back or in central midfield, he's one to keep hold of. Verdict: STAY
One of the toughest calls. A brilliant servant and still loves the club but will he be part of the clear-out? If he's happy to play a less prominent role, he'll be a useful option and his experience might be key. Verdict: STAY
Injury has ruined his loan spell from Brighton so it's difficult to see how the Cobblers can keep him for another season even if they wanted to, though there were flashes of potential and it's clear Curle likes him. Verdict: LEAVE
The fact he was sent back out on loan in January without playing a game, coupled with the signing of Cox, suggests he's not part of Curle's plans at the Cobblers. Verdict: LEAVE
Young, talented, versatile and a local lad, this is a no-brainer. Verdict: STAY
Town's shining light during their early-season struggles and he's maintained that form for much of the campaign. He'll be 33 in October so time is against him but he's worth at least a one-year deal. Verdict: STAY
Suffered with injury and inconsistency but he's still young and raw. With a run of games and a bit of support, he has a bright future ahead of him. The type of player Cobblers should build a team around. Verdict: STAY
Another very difficult decision for Curle. Been so good for the Cobblers and remains a firm favourite among supporters but, given his fitness record and lack of form this season, it feels the right time to move on. Verdict: LEAVE
Talented and still young but he's been in and out of the side having signed on loan from Derby mid-season. Verdict: LEAVE
Out of contract in the summer and he's unlikely to earn another one having started only two league games in 2019, though he remains a player with ability when he has his day. Verdict: LEAVE
His deal expires at the end of the season but he's surely done enough to earn another one. Brings a creative spark with him and can deliver an excellent set-piece. Still relatively young at 24 too. Verdict: STAY
His wonder goal against Newport has been the highlight of his loan spell but it's unlikely he'll be at the PTS next season. Verdict: LEAVE
He's produced his best run of form for the Cobblers over the past few weeks but it may well have come a little too late to convince Curle to hand him another deal. Verdict: LEAVE
Still has a year left on his contract and given how heavily he's featured this season, it'd be a surprise if he doesn't become the club's longest-serving player next season. Verdict: STAY
Struggled to establish himself as a regular under four different managers, sent out on loan twice during his short Cobblers career. Verdict: LEAVE
Top scorer with 10 goals this season, a decent return considering his struggles to force his way into the team as a regular starter. Worth sticking around. Verdict: STAY
Illness, suspension and injury have made it an extremely frustrating campaign for the former Posh man but a full pre-season under his belt, unlike last summer, will make a big difference. Verdict: STAY
Only played 90 minutes once since signing on loan. Verdict: LEAVE