'I definitely had more to offer' - Buchanan disappointed to be released by Cobblers

David Buchanan.David Buchanan.
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'The disappointing thing for me was the way it all ended at Northampton'

Former Cobblers captain David Buchanan admits he was disappointed to be released by the club at the end of last season, particularly as he didn't get the opportunity to say a proper farewell to supporters.

Buchanan spent four years and played nearly 200 games for Northampton but was told by manager Keith Curle that his contract would not be extended at the end of last season.

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He left alongside fellow title-winner John-Joe O’Toole and moved to non-league Chesterfield, however whilst he’s enjoyed his time back up north, he remains disappointed not to have spent a fifth season at the PTS.

“I think I could have played another season at the club,” said the 33-year-old.

“I spoke to Keith in January and I thought the club maybe wanted to do something with me in terms of a player-coach role.

“I might not have been in his plans as much this season but I was hoping they were going to get me to work on the coaching side of things.

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“It then became apparent around February, March time that nothing was going to happen and I knew where I would stand at the end of the season.

“I definitely felt I still had more to offer and even if he had said to me that he was bringing in Nicky Adams to play at left wing-back, I still would have thought I can compete with him.”

Buchanan was particularly unhappy with the manner of his departure, left on the bench for the final home game of the season against Yeovil and then not even in the squad for the following week's fixture at Oldham Athletic before being released.

"The disappointing thing for me was the way it all ended at Northampton," he admitted.

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"It was the same with John-Joe. We were talking to each other when we were sat on the bench for the final game of the season, watching loan players play in our position when we've got nothing on the game.

"I think he could have maybe started us both in that last game, regardless of what he thought of us and whether or not he liked us personally or as players.

"I think it would have been nice to have our moment to say goodbye and to thank you to all the fans who had supported us for the length of time that we had been there.

"We might never get the chance or the opportunity to do that so that was a little bit of a sour note in terms of leaving the club under Keith."