Alan Knill has praised the attitude of Cobblers youngster Lawson D’Ath, who was more interested in his role in the team than what salary he would command at Sixfields.
D’Ath signed a short-term deal in the summer after initially playing as a trialist and has been one of the season’s success stories.
His equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Southend United on Saturday was his fifth goal of the campaign and he made a vital contribution to an improved performance by the team.
Knill was impressed with D’Ath’s attitude from the very start, when he arrived at the negotiating table more concerned about how often he would play than pounds and pence.
“He’s a really good lad and he’s one of those who is kind of a throwback - when we signed him he wasn’t interested in money,” he said.
“The first thing he asked wasn’t ‘how much am I going to get?’ It was ‘am I going to play?’ And it was refreshing to hear him say that.
“It’s rare these days that money comes second to just playing and he’s done well enough in the squad to earn a longer contract.
“He’s a first-team player because the stats say that he is. He’s not a squad player and he gives us energy, lots of it.”