Aidy Boothroyd believes Lee Collins can help Northampton Town to promotion next season after the defender signed a new contract which keeps him at Sixfields for another two years.
The 24-year-old quickly settled in at the Cobblers after joining on a free transfer in February until the end of the season and wasted little time in signing a longer extension when the initial deal expired.
Northampton boss Boothroyd is pleased to have secured Collins’ services for another two years and hopes he can remain a key member of the side as they look to bounce back from the League Two play-off final defeat against Bradford City.
“There has been a lot of interest in Lee and we had to fight off other clubs from a higher level for his signature,” said Boothroyd. “I am not surprised other clubs were keen on him, he did very well for us and was a big factor in our run to the play-offs towards the end of the season.
“He is only 24, but he has a fair amount of experience already and he is just the sort of player who can help take this club into the next phase of our progression and development.
“He is one you can rely on to help take us on to the next level and he is a player who could be playing higher than League Two.”
Collins made 18 appearances for Northampton after leaving Championship side Barnsley and slotted in comfortably at left back after Joe Widdowson was ruled out due to injury.
He also provides another option at centre half now Clarke Carlisle has retired and is the second out-of-contract Town player to agree a new deal after fellow defender Kelvin Langmead.
Boothroyd is waiting to hear back from Nathan Cameron, Roy O’Donovan, Ben Harding, Luke Guttridge and Ben Tozer on whether or not they will agree to the new contracts they have been offered, but is not setting any deadlines for them just yet.
As for Collins, he was happy to quickly agree a new deal.
“The gaffer has shown a lot of faith in me and that means a lot,” said Collins.
“After the disappointment of Wembley there is some unfinished business here. We want to use what happened at Wembley as a big motivational factor for the next two seasons.
“I am determined to repay the gaffer for standing by me and supporting me. I am buzzing to have signed this new contract and can’t wait to get going again next season.”