Date: 31st March 2014 at 6:58pm
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A Northampton Town interest in taking Adebayo Akinfenwa back to Sixfields for a third spell was reported last week.

The Gillingham striker has now confirmed that his former club has ‘tried hard’ to re-sign him once again to aide their league two relegation battle.

31-year-old Akinfenwa also confirmed that he was tempted to make the move but the Gillingham board weren’t ‘having a bar of it’.

The striker told the Kent Messenger: ‘The speculation wasn’t just talk – it was genuine.

‘Northampton tried and they tried hard. It was all-systems go on their half. They had a contract and tried their upmost to get me there but our chairman wasn’t having a bar of it. He shut it down real quick.

‘I have got a crazy amount of love for Northampton and I don’t want them to get relegated. Touch wood, by the grace of God, we are safe.

‘There was an opportunity where I could have gone back to help them stay safe and I was thinking hard about it.’

The Gills should now be safe from the thread of relegation back into league two but as it’s still mathematically possible he had to stay, if it wasn’t he think that perhaps the thoughts might have been different?

With his contract expiring in the summer a decision will soon take place on his future but he is still enjoying his time at Priestfield but will see what ‘the future holds’ this summer.

He added: ‘As I feel for Northampton is how I feel for Gillingham. They are two places I enjoy playing.

‘If we were mathematically safe here then maybe the chairman would have said ‘go back and help them out and see what happens` but I understand what the chairman is saying.

‘I am here and everyone knows I enjoy playing here. We have seven games to play. Let’s get as many points as possible and then see what the future holds.’

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