Northampton Town: Chris Wilder expects Cobblers to challenge

Chris Wilder
Wilder took over Northampton in January and led them from six points adrift of safety to final-day survival

Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder has said he is assembling a squad capable of competing in League Two.

The Cobblers have recruited defender Zander Diamond,striker Marc Richards and winger Kaid Mohamed after last season's final-day escape from relegation to non-league.

"We feel it is an open league and we'll back ourselves," Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton.

"Hopefully last season was a one-off, in terms of where the club was at."

Out-of-contract quartet David Moyo, Chris Hackett, Gregor Robertson and academy defender Connor Roberts have also agreed new deals as Town return for pre-season training on Thursday.

Erratic Cobblers in League Two
2009-1011th, 67 points
2010-1116th, 52 points
2011-1220th, 48 points
2012-136th, 73 points
2013-1421st, 53 points

It will be a sixth consecutive season in League Two for the Sixfields side, having narrowly avoided relegation in two of the past three campaigns and losing a play-off final 13 months ago.

"We've got quality and experience through the squad, as well as energy and balance," said Wilder.

"It's not all about signing the best players that become available, we have to bring in the best players for the group."

Meanwhile, Wilder says the club have not received any offers for striker Ivan Toney.

The 18-year-old academy product scored three times in the final two games of last season, and is under contract at Sixfields until June 2017.

"You never know what is around the corner, but Ivan knows he's at a grounded club with staff around him who will make him better," said Wilder.

"We'll always be open with him if there is any interest, but if he continues to go well then I'm sure there will be."

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