Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder has admitted he is happy about the decision to hand out three-year contracts to new signings Zander Diamond and Marc Richards.
Diamond has moved to Northampton from Burton Albion and played in Monday’s League Two playoff final against Fleetwood Town. Whilst Marc Richards re-joined the club from League 2 champions Chesterfield.
“I’ve got no issues in doing that [three year contracts] because they are good enough players,” said Wilder.
“They are not chance signings and they are not gamble signings.
“With any player, I’ve seen with Alex Nicholls, anything can happen at any stage of their career, one bad tackle and they are at risk.
“That’s the risk footballers run right the way through their career.
“But sometimes you have to build and construct and those two players, Marc Richards at the top of the pitch and Zander at the back, it’s important that we get the experienced boys in who still have a desire and hunger to do well.
“We’re not just chucking out long contracts because they’ve clicked their fingers and wanted them.
“We feel it’s beneficial to us to keep a settled, stable group of players, especially the senior ones who can take us forward.
“I’m sure those guys can, they’ll play the games and we’re delighted that they’ve accepted [the deals] and that we can have the nucleus of a strong and successful team.”
Wilder is still looking to add to his squad of 15 so far and is currently being linked with Luke Norris who has been released by Brentford.
Wilder faces competition from the likes of Stevenage and Dagenham & Redbridge to gain the signature of the former Cobblers loanee who was prolific for the club last season during his time there.