Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd has described the decisions by former players Luke Guttridge and Jake Robinson to drop into non-League football as ‘astute moves’.
Guttridge signed a deal at Luton Town in the Conference while Robinson has agreed a contract with Whitehawk, who play in the level below that.
Both transfers caused some surprise, especially that of Guttridge, who had been offered terms at Sixfields but left in pursuit of more first-team football.
But Boothroyd feels both could be shrewd decisions, with a large number of players struggling to find new employers after leaving clubs at the end of last season.
Several of the players released at Sixfields in May – notably first-team regulars Ben Harding and John Johnson – are yet to get fixed up following the conclusion of their Cobblers contracts.
“I think it might turn out to be astute moves by both players because it’s about staying on the bus,” said Boothroyd.
“The financial fair play regulations are coming in, we all have budgets to keep to and there will be a lot of players that are hanging on and hanging on and don’t get anywhere near what they have been earning.
“The gravy train may come around again but in the current climate it has to be all about staying on the bus. The sport is feeling the pinch of recession just like everybody is.
“I’m pleased for both guys, especially Luke because he played a key part in getting us out of trouble and then into the play-off final.
“I hope they learned a lot from their times here, both good and bad and I look forward to the chapters in both their books.”