Tozer ready for talks over Cobblers future with boss Wilder

FUTURE UNCERTAIN - Ben Tozer
FUTURE UNCERTAIN - Ben Tozer

Ben Tozer admits he isn’t certain if his future lies with the Cobblers.

The utility man is the longest-serving player at Sixfields, and is one of a clutch of players already contracted for next season.

But when asked if he will be playing in claret and white come August and the new season, the former Swindon Town and Newcastle United man admitted that is something that is out of his hands, and very much in the hands of manager Chris Wilder.

Most Cobblers supporters will be keen for the popular Tozer to stay, but the player was non-committal ahead of talks with Wilder today (Weds).

“We are going to sit down on Wednesday, everybody is speaking to the gaffer, and see what he has to say,” said Tozer, who made his debut for the club as a loan player in the historic win against Liverpool at Anfield in September 2010.

“He might say ‘you’ve done well and we want you to carry on next season’, or he might say ‘we have other plans’.

“That is the way it is in football, and we’ll see how it goes on Wednesday.”

Tozer played a key role in the final furlong of the season, coming in from the cold over the past two months to become a regular in Wilder’s side as the club’s Football League safety was secured.

And he says that the Town manager’s ability to keep the dressing room focused and in the right frame of mind for every battle they faced was key to the club’s survival in Sky Bet League Two.

“He (Wilder) has installed a lot of motivation, and he identifies when the changing room is down, and also when it is up,” said Tozer.

“He keeps things on an even keel. When you are down in the changing room he says the right things, and when you are too high you need a little bit of knocking down because we hadn’t achieved anything before Saturday.

“As players you need to be aware of that, and he makes sure we are.”