Steve Morison ‘could not be more excited’ to start his new role at the Cobblers after joining the club’s academy setup as a coach.
The 36-year-old’s first foray into coaching brings him back to where his football career began having started out as a teenager at Northampton 18 yeas ago.
Morison played 28 games and scored three goals across three years at the Cobblers before going on to an enjoy a highly successful career, which included spells at Leeds United, Norwich City and Millwall, in addition to international recognition with Wales.
But he announced his retirement from football following a short and unsuccessful stint with Shrewsbury Town this season, and now returns to the Cobblers to help U18s manager John Brady and the newly-appointed Ian Sampson in the club’s booming academy.
He said: “I am really looking forward to the opportunity to pass on my knowledge and experience to the young players in the club’s professional development phase.
“Hopefully I can add further to what is already a really good set up with some excellent players within the club’s academy.
Coaching at Northampton, the club I started at as an 18-year-old and continue to live nearby, is going back to where it all started for me as a player.
“From a personal point of view, I am looking forward to working with and learning from Jon Brady and Ian Sampson and the other coaches in what is a really strong academy infrastructure.”
On his retirement from football, Morison added: “I’ve spent an amazing two decades as a professional footballer and have so many wonderful memories, but I feel the time is right to move on to the next stage of my career – and I couldn’t be more excited.
“I learned so much while playing for my country and some great clubs, alongside and under so many fantastic players and managers, that I can’t wait to put it all into practice as a manager and coach in my own right.
“Coaching at Northampton, the club I started at as an 18-year-old and continue to live nearby, is going back to where it all started for me as a player.
“As such it feels like a good place for me to start my coaching career and hopefully that can follow a similar path to the top as I experienced while playing. It was an offer I couldn’t turn down.”