New boy Benny explains why Curle played a big role in his move to the Cobblers

'I feel I'm at an age where I need to build a platform for myself and kick-on and I think this is definitely a good club to do that.'
Benny Ashley-Seal in action against Manchester United.Benny Ashley-Seal in action against Manchester United.
Benny Ashley-Seal in action against Manchester United.

Northampton new boy Benny Ashley-Seal says he decided to join the club on a two-year deal because of the 'confidence' manager Keith Curle showed in his ability.

The 21-year-old forward has spent time in the youth systems at Tottenham, Arsenal, Norwich and Wolves but now makes his first foray into senior football having signed for an undisclosed fee from Molineux.

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Curle, as he is with all of his new signings, was a big factor in Ashley-Seal's move to the PTS and the young striker now wants to follow the same path as Vadaine Oliver and Callum Morton, both of whom improved significantly during their time at the Cobblers.

Asked why he made the move, Ashley-Seal said: "Definitely the manager and the belief and faith he has shown in me.

"He has a lot of confidence in me and he told me what I can bring to the club and how I can help the team move forward so that was a big reason.

"I've seen what he's done with other players and I want to follow in their footsteps. Hopefully I can kick-on - I feel this is a good club to do that."

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Town fans have already seen their new signing in action, although only briefly after he was forced off with injury 15 minutes into the friendly against Luton Town.

"That was very frustrating to be honest, more so the timing of the game because I didn't really get the opportunity to show what I can do," he added.

"But I'm back fit now and I can show fans what I can do and what I can bring to the team."

Plenty more chances are sure to come his way given the hectic schedule this season, and that is something Ashley-Seal is relishing.

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"There will be a lot of football this season and a lot of tough tests so I'm hoping to get plenty of game-time and score goals, which is what I like to do," he said.

"The pandemic hasn't helped anyone but it does mean that we'll have a lot of games coming up and hopefully I can help the team have a good season."

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