Return of 'special talent' Pollock would be a massive boost for the Cobblers
Boss Jon Brady believes ‘special talent’ Scott Pollock will be ‘a hell of an addition’ to the Cobblers squad for next season - providing the midfielder puts pen to paper on the new deal the club has offered him.
The 20-year-old missed the whole of the past season with a groin injury picked up last summer, meaning he hasn’t kicked a ball in anger since coming on as a substitute in the final pre-Covid-19 pandemic clash with Mansfield Town on March 7, 2020.
But there are few people know more about Pollock than his former youth team boss Brady, and it was no surprise the central midfielder was still offered a new contract when the newly-appointed first team boss announced the club’s retained list on Tuesday.
Especially as, after a near year-long battle, Pollock is actually ready to play again.
“Would you believe, that with a week of the season to go Scott was declared fully fit,” revealed Brady.
“It has been a tough road for him, to be out injured for that long has been really hard.
“It was such an innocuous way he got the injury, he woke up one morning, got out of bed and he felt his groin go.
“Imagine that for a young player, there are so many questions and you just can’t understand it, but Scott has been very positive and I have talked to him a lot.
“Obviously, he is a player who came to me from our development squad at the football club, in the FEP (Football Education Programme).
“He came to me and in the first three months of pre-season he did okay, and then he just accelerated and I think he scored something like 15 goals in a row from midfield for us in the youth team.
“He was excellent. He is a special talent, and that talent doesn’t go away when you have been injured.
“I hope he has been visualising how he wants to play, and he what he needs to do, and I am sure with Scott’s character he will come back even stronger.
“He will be a hell of an addition to our squad, I believe.”
That’s only if Pollock agrees to prolong his stay at the Cobblers by signing the contract offered to him.
But Brady seems pretty relaxed about the whole situation, and is just looking forward to seeing the player in action again.
“Scott has a lot of things to his game, and he can mix it physically as well,” said the Australian.
“He can also score, create goals, make key passes, and is also a strong worker out of possession as well.
“He will really benefit our side.”