So it’s all final and Crackers is no longer a Cobbler with Derby making their expected swoop to finalise the deal. It’s another one from the undisclosed fee bracket but it’s sounding likely to be somewhere around the £400,000-£500,000 mark which would be a reasonable return for a player who graduated from the youth system and who follows in the footsteps of Mark Bunn and Bradley Johnson who have left Sixfields for higher ground in the past few years.
It’s a farewell that’s in a similar mould to those two as well…young lads who want to test themselves at higher levels and want to take their careers to the next steps. We can’t stand in Jacob’s way, particularly with his contract expiring and though Aidy Boothroyd would love to hold onto him for another year it’s almost inevitable that he moved on.
Timing wise, it’s good for us and gives us the time to try and bring in firstly a replacement and then maybe even a player for another position if the funds are allowed to be brought back to squad building. There’s a good month and a half before the big kick off and I would imagine Aidy has options in mind having known about Jacobs’ decision for a few weeks now.
It’s a shame to lose a talented player but hopefully there’s some sort of sell on clause included in the deal so that any future move would give us a nice little earner. He will be back at Sixfields for a pre-season friendly with his new side on July 31st.
Good luck Crackers!