Cobblers manager Aidy Boothroyd admits he is ‘thoroughly excited’ ahead of his second full season in charge at Sixfields.
Town kick off their Sky Bet League Two campaign at York City on Saturday, and Boothroyd can’t wait to get started.
The Cobblers boss has rebuilt his squad over the summer, showing the door to key squad men from last season such as Adebayo Akinfenwa, Luke Guttridge, John Johnson and Ben Harding, and bringing in a crop of new talent.
Darren Carter, Ian Morris, Gary Deegan, Danny Emerton, Kevin Amankwaah and possibly others are all set to make their debuts for the club at Bootham Crescent, and Boothroyd admitted: “I’m ready and I’m thoroughly excited about the season ahead.
“It’s come round very quickly as it always does but I’m excited about the games coming around again.
“I think we’ve got a good squad together and we want to make sure that we do well in the league this year as well as hopefully having a cup run or two as well.”
Town have enjoyed a good pre-season campaign, losing just once to Peterborough United.
They enjoyed easy wins over UCL sides Sileby Rangers and Cogenhoe United, saw off Corby Town, and then beat a Stoke City Development team and Leicester City at Sixfields.
And that 2-1 victory over a near full-strength Foxes on Tuesday night has particularly whetted the Town manager’s appetite.
“The performance against Leicester was as good a performance from a Northampton team certainly in my time,” said Boothroyd.
“The game could have gone either way but we played some excellent football and that is something we are able to do now.”