Manager Wilder doesn’t want to lose any Cobblers ‘assets’ in transfer window

PRIZED ASSET - Cobblers goalkeeper Adam Smith has been in fantastic form this season
PRIZED ASSET - Cobblers goalkeeper Adam Smith has been in fantastic form this season

Cobblers boss Chris Wilder says he doesn’t want to lose any of the club’s ‘assets’ in the January transfer window.

A busy start to 2016 at Sixfields has seen Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ryan Watson return to their parent clubs at the end of their loan spells, while Shrewsbury Town striker James Collins has been brought in until the end of the season, also on loan.

There is expected to be interest in a clutch of the in-form Cobblers squad, with the likes of goalkeeper Adam Smith, Marc Richards, John-Joe O’Toole and Nicky Adams enjoying excellent seasons, but Wilder has revealed there has been ‘nothing concrete’ as yet - and that he is concentrating his efforts on adding to what he already has, not letting players leave.

“We have had a couple of enquiries, but nothing concrete,” said Wilder, when asked if he had received bids for any of his squad.

“We don’t really want to lose anybody, we feel we have assets in the club, and there is nothing concrete I know of.

“We now have a month to work in, and it is a funny situation at the moment with the FA Cup going on, and teams having players cup-tied.

“I am expecting it to heat up and things to get a little more lively as we go into the window, but we are still looking to strengthen.”

The loan signing of the highly-rated Collins was a major coup for Town, and Wilder says more signings are in the pipeline, either on loan or of a more permanent nature.

“We are not done, whether that will be a reaction to an injury if we suffer one, or more than likely just to add to the group to make us a little bit stronger as we go

into the second half of the season,” said the Cobblers boss.

“I’m not a great lover of month-to-month loans, I would rather them be in until the end of the season and then they get to know what the club is about on and off the pitch. But we will keep working at it.”

Striker Collins joined the Cobblers on Tuesday, but is ineligible for Saturday’s FA Cup third round clash with MK Dons at Sixfields as he is cup-tied, having already played in the competition for Shrewsbury Town.

The Cobblers have no fresh injury concerns for that game, with Alfie Potter having shrugged off the rib injury that saw him miss last weekend’s 3-0 win over Barnet.