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Akinfenwa signs new Cobblers deal

Adebayo Akinfenwa
Akinfenwa has also played for Doncaster and Torquay (Getty)

Northampton striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has agreed a new one-year deal to stay at Sixfields, despite interest from Leyton Orient and Grimsby.

The deal will be extended for a second year if the 26-year-old meets targets.

The injury-plagued former Swansea striker joined Town in January and scored seven goals in 15 games.

Cobblers boss Stuart Gray told BBC Northampton: "He was within his rights to talk to other clubs, I am delighted that he has shown us some loyalty."

He continued: "He did very well for us when he came in last season and I think he is enjoying it here.

"He is popular in the dressing room and the fans love him, and now he has a bit of security I hope he can kick on and we will really see the best of him."

We wanted to keep him and he wanted to stay and I am delighted we can continue to plan for next season with Bayo now a part of those plans

Northampton boss Stuart Gray
Akinfenwa broke his leg just over a year ago and had to have a steel rod inserted into it.

Gray continued: "Bayo, like Giles Coke, Gabor Gyepes and Chris Doig, will benefit from a full pre-season.

"I like forward players with a physical presence and he has a huge ability to make the ball stick.

"That gives confidence to the midfield players to make runs and he draws defenders on to him.

"Not only that, he has an excellent goal record that he has maintained throughout his career.

"We wanted to keep him and he wanted to stay and I am delighted we can continue to plan for next season with Bayo now a part of those plans."

The Cobblers have already released Akinfenwa's strike partner last season and leading goalscorer Poul Hubertz.


see also
O's confident of Akinfenwa deal
29 May 08 |  Leyton Orient
Cobblers keen to keep Akinfenwa
23 May 08 |  Northampton
Northampton await Akinfenwa news
24 Apr 08 |  Northampton
Northampton net striker Akinfenwa
18 Jan 08 |  Northampton
Lions exit for Sancho & Akinfenwa
09 Jan 08 |  Millwall
Jackett hands deal to Akinfenwa
15 Nov 07 |  Millwall


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