COBBLERS boss Gary Johnson says he is ‘disappointed’ to have made Jake Robinson available for transfer, and also confirmed Bas Savage’s name has been circulated to other clubs.
The Town boss has confirmed the forward duo can leave Sixfields on loan, with their exits possibly being made permanent in the January transfer window. Savage’s contract runs out in January, but Robinson has another 18 months left on his Northampton deal, and listing him was a not a decision the manager expected to make.
“I’m disappointed I’ve had to make Jake available,” said Johnson. “But when he has started games he hasn’t quite been the player that we hoped he would be.
“I thought he did fantastic in pre-season so we’ve been waiting and waiting for his game to come out and for him to get his goal; we thought if he got his goal it would settle him down. He’s an experienced player and he’s not going to want to sit on the bench and that is probably what’s going to happen at the moment.
“So he’s another one that’s got to look to the future and fix himself up somewhere he can get some football. It’s difficult for lads his age to not be regulars in the first team and I can’t see him being that here.”
Robinson and Savage could be the first casualties of Johnson’s mid-season shake-up at Sixfields, with doubts also hanging over the futures of Nathaniel Wedderburn and Tadhg Purcell, who is back at the club following the conclusion of his loan at Darlington.
But the manager will not allow Robinson to leave unless the buying club are willing to cover the player’s wages in full – at least until the January transfer window re-opens.
“With January coming up I’ve got to open the squad up a little bit and move some on with a view to moving some in to try to improve us,” he said. “There will always be a lot of talk but until my phone rings with a manager on the other end of it then nothing will happen.
“There will be a lot of clubs trying to nick players and they’ll say ‘yeah we’ll take them but we’ll only pay half their money’ and that won’t happen.
“The lads won’t see it this way but I am trying to help them because you never want to be somewhere you’re not going to be a first-team regular.”