Cobblers boss Wilder delighted with summer recruitment at Sixfields

KEY SIGNING - Zander Diamond has signed a three-year deal at Sixfields
KEY SIGNING - Zander Diamond has signed a three-year deal at Sixfields

Chris Wilder is ‘delighted’ with his close-season Cobblers recruitment and says his summer transfer activity has almost reached a conclusion.

Northampton have signed former Chesterfield striker Marc Richards and Burton Albion centre-back Zander Diamond, who was on loan a Sixfields last season, on three-year contracts while also securing extensions to the deals of all the players they have offered terms to, with the exception of youth-team defender Connor Roberts.

Talks are at an advanced stage with a left-back, a right-back and a winger, while the club are also in the market for a right-footed central midfielder and a target-man striker.

Despite there being some work still to do, Wilder is pleased with the squad he has assembled so far as he closes in on several other new additions.

“We’re delighted with the work that we’ve done,” he said.

“I speak to other managers and some of them are happy with where they’re at and some are having difficulties.

“You can only comment on where you feel you’re at, and I’m writing the squad down continuously - I’m really happy with what we’ve got.

“The squad is not a million miles away from being complete by the time we come back (for pre-season training).

“We’ve made a lot of calls and had a lot of meetings and all those meetings have been positive.

“Looking at the squad we’re possibly three players light of where we want to be and we’ve got good options there as well.”

A lot of the work which was prioritised by Wilder has already been done in the form of contract renewals and the acquisition of Richards, and he hopes to have his full squad in place when pre-season training starts on June 26.

“The main priority was sorting out the players we wanted to keep from last season and getting them signed up,” he said.

“We wanted to tie Zander (Diamond) and Gregor (Robertson) up, we wanted Hacks (Chris Hackett) and (David) Moyo and we wanted to get an improved offer in to Ivan Toney.

“They are all players we wanted to keep.

“Marc Richards was always going to be a big one for us because we wanted him to spearhead our attack.”