NATHANIEL WEDDERBURN thought his Cobblers career was over before being told last Friday by boss Aidy Boothroyd that he would be in the starting line-up for Tuesday night’s game at Crawley.
Two sets of ruptured ankle ligaments, a hamstring injury and two calf strains had denied Wedderburn a starting role for more than a year since he ran out at Burton Albion on April 5, 2011.
It wasn’t quite a dream return to first-team action for the big midfielder, being part of a Cobblers team who succumbed 3-1 to the promotion chasing hosts.
But Wedderburn was understandably delighted to be back, after accepting that with his contract at Sixfields coming to an end this summer, his Northampton career had ended.
“I didn’t think I’d play for the club again, so it was a happy day for me again to be involved,” he said.
“I’ve had a bit of bad luck this season with injuries and stuff but to be back involved was great, because it has been a long time.
“It’s my first first-team game for more than a year now, so obviously I found it difficult towards the end.
“But I think the more games I play, the better I’ll get. I was very, very excited. It has been a while. As a footballer, you want to play, so it was a pleasure to be back involved.”
Although the Cobblers can lay claim to being unlucky in part at Crawley, having hit the woodwork three times, there was an alarming gap in class between the two teams at times.
Wedderburn believes that gap has been caused by the ever-changing face of the Sixfields squad the season, and is confident that after a pre-season together, they too can be at the right end of the table challenging for promotion. But whether he will be part of that, Wedderburn couldn’t say.
“We’ve had a lot of players throughout the year and this team is still pretty new, so maybe next season, when we start from the off, maybe we can get off to a good start,” said the former Stoke City man.
Asked if he will be at the club for the start of the next campaign, Wedderburn said: “I’m not too sure, I’m just taking each day as it comes and we’ll see what happens.”