LEE CLARK says that as long as he is Town manager, Andy Booth will have a role at the club – but stopped short of saying it will be as a player.
The pair will today discuss the possibility of a behind-the-scenes position for the 35-year-old strike star, who netted twice as Town won 3-2 at Walsall.
The third highest scorer in the club’s history (behind George Brown and Jimmy Glazzard) now has six goals for the season and 148 for Town.
But Saturday’s game, which left Clark’s side ninth in League I, was only Booth’s seventh start of the centenary campaign, and 18th appearance in all.
Booth, who is out of contract this summer, had to have back surgery earlier this season, and the signs are that a glorious playing career, which has also featured 34 goals for Sheffield Wednesday and three England Under 21 caps, could be coming to an end.
“You don’t lose quality and Andy is a terrific player,” said Clark.Related content
“I tell my players that if they put the ball into the right areas, we have one of the best finishers around, and Boothy showed that again.
“He is a fantastic example of what being part of a team is all about.
“We will sit down and talk about his future, and one way or another, there will be a role for him at this club as long as I’m manager.
“I want him to be a part of what we are trying to do here.”
Booth, whose 43rd and 45th-minute goals helped Town fight back from 2-0 down and set the scene for on-loan Martin Kelly’s 62nd-minute winner, said: “That’s three goals in two games, so I’m not complaining!
“I will talk to the manager and make a decision on my future soon, and in the meantime, we’re all working hard to finish the season as strongly as possible.”
Booth will chase the 150-goal milestone at home to Brighton on Saturday and in the final game at Leyton Orient on May 2.