Jon Brady on loan players and Town's goalkeeping situation

'If you go and get a loan player, it's important to do your due diligence and make sure you're getting substance with that as well.'

Saturday, 15th May 2021, 10:35 am
Updated Saturday, 15th May 2021, 10:36 am
Jon Brady and loanee goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell.

Cobblers manager Jon Brady would be willing to dip into the loan market during this month's summer transfer window - but only if the right players become available.

Town became heavily reliant on loan players during the second half of their League One campaign, with Peter Kioso, Bryn Morris and Mickel Miller playing particularly important roles.

Those three, plus Jonathan Mitchell and Ryan Edmondson, have now returned to their parent clubs, leaving Cobblers with just 10 players currently under contract.

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Ideally, Brady would want to build a team of players contracted to the Cobblers this summer, but he's also not against signing loanees.

"First and foremost, what I want tot ry and create is our team," Brady told the Cobblers Show on BBC Radio Northampton. "But sometimes you don't get what you want and we will potentially look at loans because we have to be flexible and adaptable.

"We're very open-minded but first and foremost we would like our loan players. We've got some fantastic contacts, especially from my playing days, that are now in top recruitment positions in the Premier League and Championship.

"But if you go and get a loan player, it's important to do your due diligence and make sure you're getting substance with that as well.

"We will be competitive but I don't want to talk about budgets - we will build a squad that is robust enough, strong enough and powerful enough to combat the challenges of League Two.

"We want to be the best we can be and first and foremost we want to win as many games as we can."

With Mitchell heading back to Derby County and Steve Arnold released, Cobblers have no senior goalkeeper on their books.

"It will depend on the market but you've got to get the balance right," said Brady on his hunt for a new number one.

"You might get a really strong, experienced goalkeeper and he might be 30, 31, and you might have a younger goalkeeper to develop, but it's about the blend and the balance."