Wilder: Three-year contracts not a gamble for Cobblers

Zander Diamond
Zander Diamond

Chris Wilder says the club gave three-year contracts to Zander Diamond and Marc Richards because he feels they are low-risk signings.

Deals of such a length have become increasingly rare in league two football and in recent years Northampton have only awarded them to emerging young players such as Lewis Hornby and Dean Snedker.

Wilder, though, feels recruiting Diamond and Richards, who are certainly ‘finished articles’ in playing terms represents no gamble whatsoever.

“They are good enough players to get those contracts,” he said.

“They’re not chance signings, they’re not gamble signings. With any player, anything can happen at any stage of their career, as we’ve seen with Alex Nicholls.

“That’s a risk footballers run throughout their career but sometimes you have to build and construct and they are experienced boys that have a desire and hunger to do well.

“We’re not just chucking out long contracts because they clicked their fingers, we feel it’s beneficial to us.”

Last week’s acquisition of Gregor Robertson takes the number of players under wraps for next season to 15, although it is expected that David Moyo and Connor Roberts will sign their offers.

Wilder wants to have all or the majority of the squad in place when the team returns for pre-season training on June 26 for the six-week run before their first friendly match.

“We want to have the group pretty much complete for the first week of pre-season,” he said. “I’m not saying it will be because we want to get the right players and we might have to wait for them.

“But we feel come the back end of June, we’ll have 20 or 21 players in the building and that’s really important.”