Adebayo Akinfenwa has been released from Northampton Town, following his second spell at Sixfields.

A firm fans favourite, Akinfenwa was among a total of seven players that will not receive offers to extend their contracts.

The man known as 'The Beast' is renowned for his strength throughout the game, with an appearance more akin to a body builder. With the ability to bench press 396lb he can ruffle the feathers of even the most reliable defenders.

He has led the line for the Cobblers' since 2011. He finished the season as top scorer, with an impressive 17 goals, which fired Northampton into the play-offs. 

But Akinfenwa was surprisingly snubbed by manager Aidy Boothroyd in favour of the more mobile Clive Platt for the play-off final last weekend. Without the physical presence of Akinfenwa up front the Cobblers' limped to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Bradford City.

Having often been told that he is 'too big to play football' and recently being mistaken for an NFL player, Akinfenwa has had his fair share of knock-backs in a journeyman career that has seen him turn out for 11 clubs, including a spell in Lithuanian football.

But the striker refused to be downbeat and posted the following comments on his Twitter account: "I want to thank the staff, players and especially the fans for making my time at NTFC memorable, it was special. I did not choose to leave but I whole heartily (sic) wish Northampton F.C all the very best in the future." 

Although he lacks mobility Akinfenwa has a proven eye for goal and, with a league leaning towards physicality rather than skill, it is likely that 'Beast Mode' will be back flexing his muscles with a new club next season.


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