The wings of the Sixfields pitch will get a long overdue running down next season if the last couple of signings are anything to go by. After Ishmel Demontagnac completed his move last week, today came the news of Chris Hackett’s arrival – one that will begin on August 1st once his current contract expires – on a two year contract having left Millwall at the end of last season.
Hackett is likely to line-up on the right hand side and although the defensive cover is looking a little light still it gives us hope that a game plan of pace down the wings for dangerous crosses for the likes of Bayo and Clive Platt will create a winning formula.
At 29, Hackett is still at a good age yet has amassed a bag full of experience in his time at the Den, during which he helped them to promotion through the playoffs in 2010. He had previously began his career at home town club Oxford United before a brief spell in the SPL with Hearts led him to London for a new start with Millwall. He was sent out on loan twice last season, to Exeter and Wycombe but was snapped up by Aidy Boothroyd upon the end of his contract.
It’s a top drawer signing in my opinion with pace very much lacking in Cobblers sides over the past couple of seasons. As I mentioned in the previous blog, I would think this means, more than ever, that we’ll be lining up with five across the middle that could transfer to three up top if needed and that gives us a lot of fire power.
There’s no need to worry at all about the defence which contains plenty of holes still but again, there’s time on our side. We have to get the right men in and getting it right in terms of character is crucial if we’re to have a highly reduced squad. Others are spending big this summer in League Two but working the free market is just as important.
Roll on the pre-season!