Dudfield signs for Steelmen

Corby Town have signed former Leicester City and Northampton Town striker Lawrie Dudfield.

The 28-year-old, who was raised in Kettering and started out as a youth player with the Poppies, has become the third new arrival at Rockingham Triangle following Brett Solkhon and David Deeney as they prepare for the Blue Square North.

"Lawrie has been playing at Cork City just lately but he's looking to start some football coaching work now and wants to play more non-League instead so this move is ideal for him and us," said Steelmen boss Graham Drury.

"He can be both types of striker, both a target man and a goal-scorer. He's big and strong and has certainly filled out since his Leicester City days but I know he will also get me goals too.

"He's also still got a bit of pace about him and I've no doubt that he will be a great addition to the squad."

Dudfield went to Leicester from Kettering and then had spells at Lincoln City and Chesterfield before Hull City paid 250,000 for him in 2001.

It was from the Tigers that he went to the Cobblers in 2003, initially on loan and then permanently for the 2003-04 season.

He returned to the Cobblers again via Southend United in 2005 before heading to Boston United and then Notts County where he played with current Steelmen striker Jason Lee.

Pairing them up again was another reason for Drury making his move as well as increasing the competition for places up front.

"We've now got two good target men in Lawrie and Jason Lee and two players in Steve Diggin and Leon Mettam who like to get in behind defences so we've all types of forward at Corby now," said Drury.

"I'm chuffed to bits to be honest to have the strikers we have now and when I spoke to Lawrie, he was really interested in joining Corby so I'm delighted to have him."

Drury also confirmed that left-sided midfielder Paul Tocco had also re-signed for the club from last year's squad.