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Is Chris Dunn the man for Aidy Boothroyd & Northampton Town?

Coventry City reserve goalkeeper, Chris Dunn, in action for the development side.

Coventry City reserve goalkeeper, Chris Dunn, in action for the development side.

Former Coventry City manager, Aidy Boothroyd, now at League Two side Northampton Town, has revealed he is in the transfer market for a new goalkeeper.

Boothroyd almost led Town to promotion via the Play Offs before losing out to Bradford City in the final at Wembley.

One of the key stars of Boothroyd’s team was young goalkeeper, Lee Nicholls, 20, who was on loan from Premier League side Wigan Athletic. However due to The Latics’ relegation, combined with Town’s failure to secure promotion, it is unlikely Nicholls will return to Sixfields.

Boothroyd has now made signing a new goalkeeper his top priority during the summer, and one man he could turn to is Chris Dunn, 25, Coventry City’s current development shot stopper.

Dunn signed for City from Northampton Town back in 2011, with Boothroyd being the man to bring him to the Ricoh Arena.

But Dunn has found opportunities incredibly limited behind Joe Murphy however, only managing to make three league appearances and only six overall in his two seasons with the club.

Many Sky Blue fans are unconvinced by Dunn after a few shaky appearances, but his potential is there to see. A transfer or loan from the Ricoh Arena could build Dunn’s confidence as he looks to realise his potential.

“We definitely need to bring in a goalkeeper,” Boothroyd told the Northampton Town’s official website. “I have already made a few enquiries and I know the player that I want.

“I think had we gone up we would have had a much better chance of Lee Nicholls coming back here but I think the way that he has performed and the fact that Wigan have gone down he will be fighting for a first-team place there next season.

“I know he wants to play and you can never say never but I’ve gone down another avenue because I’m certainly expecting him to be at Wigan next season.”

Boothroyd added: “We also need either one or two wide players and another front player. It’s certainly the creative and goalscoring side that we need to improve.

“I’d like to sign players permanently rather than on loan and what I’ve found is that the majority of players who have come here on loan have got more out of us than we’ve got from them.

“There are exceptions like Lee Nicholls, who was outstanding, but they are few and far between. I think the loan market is for stop gaps and the more permanent signings we can get the better.”

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