Meet Cobblers' talented academy players hoping to make a splash in 2019/20

Keith Curle has suggested he will continue to hand opportunities to Cobblers' academy players this season after five homegrown teenagers featured in friendlies against Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday last week.

Monday, 22nd July 2019, 2:10 pm
Jay Williams made 14 appearances for the first-team last season. Picture: Pete Norton

"It shows the belief and the trust we've got in the youth system and the players that are coming through," said Curle. "We're still keen to involve them and when we train, the younger players and the developing players are training with us." Here are those academy-produced players who could well feature for the first-team this season...

Needs no introduction to Cobblers fans having now played 56 times for the first-team. Burst onto the scene in 2017 and whilst he's struggled with inconsistency and injury since, at 20 time is still on his side.
Enjoyed a breakthrough year last season when he made 14 appearances for the Cobblers, and now he will be hoping to build on that. Curle seems a fan of the versatile defender, who can also play in midfield.

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Emerged through Northampton's education programme and into the first-team last season, making his debut at Cambridge. Talented, assured and adept on the ball, the 18-year-old has every chance of forcing his way into Curle's plans.
Thrown into the deep end last season when handed a surprise debut at Cheltenham. It was a tough day for the youngster at Whaddon Road but he did well on loan at St Neots and remains in Curle's thinking.
Turned heads during his loan spell at Corby Town last season and has looked accomplished playing for the Cobblers in pre-season. Chances in his favoured central midfield role might be fleeting but he's certainly on Curle's radar.
Joined Newell at Corby and the pair were described as 'brilliant' and destined to play at a 'much higher level' by manager Steve Kinniburgh. Has had injury problems but will be hoping to follow in his brother's footsteps.
Was highly-rated by former Town boss Dean Austin who handed him his first professional contract last summer. The tricky, nimble wide player still needs to fill out but his call-up to Wales U21s in March is a sign of his talent.
An attacking midfielder whose promising progress last season was cruelly ended by a serious leg injury sustained while on at Banbury. Remains on the slow road back to full fitness. Can play central or out wide.
Young goalkeeper who was on loan at Wellingborough last season. Might be the least well-known of Town's crop of emerging youngsters but he too will have first-team hopes after signing a professional contract in the summer.