Curle explains why he allowed Warburton to depart Cobblers on loan

Keith Curle and Matty WarburtonKeith Curle and Matty Warburton
Keith Curle and Matty Warburton
Former teacher heads back into non-league

Keith Curle was full of praise for the professionalism and attitude of Matty Warburton after allowing the forward to leave Cobblers and join Yeovil Town on loan.

The 28-year-old has started six of Northampton's eight matches this season but would have found himself down the pecking order had he stayed at the club following several new signings plus the emergence of young striker Caleb Chukwuemeka.

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Warburton joined the Cobblers from Stockport County last summer and will head back into non-league with the Glovers for the rest of the season.

"Credit to Matty because he took a big step up when he came here and he's desperate to play regular game-time," said Curle. "He's at an age now where he needs to be creating that profile for himself and scoring goals, creating goals and being a goal threat on a regular basis.

"He handled himself very well and he's taken on the role of a professional and he's a credit to himself. He's a very educated young man and he was desperate to have that title of being a professional footballer.

"He's adhered to the programmes we've had exceptionally well and he's an excellent player to work with. He's very attentive and he's astute so he ticks all the boxes.

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"But competition for places in his position is really tough in the squad and to continue his progress, he needs to play regular games and that's why he's gone to Yeovil. This move makes sense for all parties.

"We wish Matt well at Yeovil, I am sure he will do a good job for them and we will of course monitor his progress."