It was a small victory but one that will keep the Cobblers steady as the first bit of pre-season business was finalised yesterday as John Johnson put pen to paper on a new one year deal with the option of a further year on top of that. Looking back on over a hundred Cobblers appearances there’s very few where you can say he wasn’t at his best or not giving 100% and the surprising thing is that he’s still only twenty three.
The fact that he’s willing to stay says a lot about Aidy Boothroyd, as it said a lot about Sammo when he initially signed on a permanent deal that followed a loan back in 2009. Agreeing to stay at a League Two side that has struggled for two seasons is a big commitment and you have to commend him for that with surely one or two admirers further up the league.
Boothroyd says that he can get better and that goes for most but having seen the very best of Johnson when he first signed then it’s exciting to think of that potential being tapped into once again. With versatility also key to next season’s reduced squad it’s also a key signing positional wise with Johnson able to play right back, centre back or holding in midfield. I struggle to think of many League Two players from that mould that I would choose to replace Johnson so to me it’s an excellent start to what is now pre-season.
We now await decisions from Clarke Carlisle, Anthony Charles, Neal Kitson and, of course, Michael Jacobs on their futures. I would imagine Charles and Kitson will be signing soon with the Jacobs situation set to run for a few weeks yet!