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Northampton Town give up on Adebayo Akinfenwa

Adebayo Akinfenwa
Akinfenwa started his career at Welsh side Barry Town

Northampton Town boss Ian Sampson says striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has failed to sign a new contract with the club.

The 28-year-old was set a deadline of 19 May to decide whether to commit to a new deal at the Sixfields Stadium.

Sampson told BBC Radio Northampton: "We need to move on and concentrate on getting other players in.

"I don't know if it'll be a good decision for him. We offered him a fantastic deal and I don't think he'll find a better club at this level."

The former Swansea player scored 17 goals in 43 games for the Cobblers this season and has found the net 39 times since joining from Millwall in January 2008.

Erith Cobbler

Sampson says they will be looking for a replacement as soon as possible.

"It'll be a target man, and if they can contribute the [same number of goals] Akinfenwa scored, that's good for us," he said.

"Big players have left clubs before. He isn't the first and he certainly won't be the last."

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see also
Akinfenwa future still uncertain
10 May 10 |  Northampton
Akinfenwa offered improved deal
22 Apr 10 |  Northampton
Akinfenwa signs new Cobblers deal
30 May 08 |  Northampton

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