Blair Adams isn’t sure where what next season holds for him, but whether the on-loan full back returns to Sunderland or moves on to pastures new he will be able to look back on his experience with Northampton Town as helping shape his future.
Adams was on of Aidy Boothroyd’s first signings after taking over as Cobblers manager, and after being thrust straight into the team at Shrewsbury Town on January he has since gone on to make 20 appearances.
The 20-year-old has the option of returning to Sunderland for another year when his loan expires at the end of the season, and although no decision has been made yet he has enjoyed the time spent working with Boothroyd.
"Even when I first came, with the name you knew where he has been and what he has done,” Adams said. “I wanted to come and work with him and it has proved a great decision by me.
“I hope he has been happy with how I've played this season and that I've played my part, but it has been great.
"It has been an absolutely massive experience for me. Just the position we were in, it's all been mental strength and being able to perform under pressure, and I think that is going to stand me in good stead.
“It has been an excellent few months and I cannot begin to explain how much experience I have gained in the 20-odd games I've played, so I'm very grateful to Northampton for giving me the opportunity.
“Performing under pressure and playing in the situations we have been in has been a brilliant experience and the more games the better for me."
Northampton finally confirmed their Football League status for next season with a goalless draw away at bottom side Hereford United last Saturday, and can now go into their final home game of the campaign against Gillingham with that weight off of their shoulders.
Not that Boothroyd will be letting the side ease off for their last two matches, and Adams insists that neither he nor his team mates will be doing so as they look to climb the table in the closing weeks.
He said: "We've had a tough few weeks. I think when the final whistle went on Saturday it was just a bit of relief and we're all happy to just finally have in the bag that we're safe for next year.
“The gaffer has been planning all along for next season and he's just happy that we have finally clinched safety.
"We'll go into the final two games wanting to win. Obviously we still want to climb up the table as high as we possibly can, there are still six points to play for and we can still push up a couple of places.
"With us being so low earlier in the season and now clinching safety, we just want to climb as high up the table as possible and look at it proudly from where we were a few months ago.
“That's what we're all looking for now - just to look back at how well we have done to get out of the position we were in and get that many points on the board in the last couple of months."