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Cobblers put deal on table for ex-Toon kid Hoganson

By marc.bazeley  |  Posted: July 26, 2012

By MARC BAZELEY

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Aidy Boothroyd is hoping to secure the signature of trialist Michael Hoganson, but has warned not to expect too much too soon from the winger if he joins Northampton Town.

The former Newcastle United youngster produced an impressive performance for the Cobblers in last night’s friendly victory at Cogenhoe United, scoring twice and setting up another in the 4-0 win.

Hoganson has been offered a one-year deal, that he is yet to sign, and Boothroyd was quick to temper expectations.

"I don't think we should put all of our hopes on a young player from Newcastle,” he said, adding: “Michael has got an offer and he'll either sign it or he won't.

“If he doesn't, then great and there will be lots of other footballers that want to play for this team, and if he doesn’t then I think he's got a real chance.

“He's got a lot of talent and he's got loads of work to do, but he's the type of character that you want around the place."

Boothroyd was also running the rule over another trialist, goalkeeper Connor Roberts, in the match at Compton Park in the absence of Neal Kitson.

Kitson has returned to the USA for family reasons and will not be back with Northampton until Sunday, giving Roberts the opportunity to play against Cogenhoe.

The former Everton ‘keeper, released by the Toffees in May, played for 60 minutes and is likely to feature against Chelsea’s Under-21 side at Sixfields on Saturday.

Boothroyd has made no secret of his desire to bring in another goalie, particularly with Shane Higgs still out until at least mid-September.

The Cobblers boss said: "I've been really pleased with him [Roberts] over the last couple of days.

“It's difficult for anybody to come in here on trial and he's certainly impressed everybody.

“Is he our number one starter? No, I don't think he is just yet but if he keeps performing like that - I think he did very well and everything that was asked of him he dealt with.

"Connor is here so that we can have a look at him and I've got a few decisions to make depending on how well Shane Higgs does.”

Higgs was sidelined with an achilles injury shortly after signing for Northampton in January, and Boothroyd is keen not to rush the 35-year-old back to action.

“He is making good progress, but one of the last things I want to do to Shane Higgs is put him under pressure to play because of the injury that he has had at the age that he is.

“He won't thank me for saying that, but I want to make sure that he is one hundred percent right because we've seen what a good goalkeeper he is."

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