Brighton’s contract with Poppies is warranted, says boss Law

James Brighton has been rewarded for a number of impressive displays with a contract that will keep him at Kettering Town until May 2017. Picture by Peter Short
James Brighton has been rewarded for a number of impressive displays with a contract that will keep him at Kettering Town until May 2017. Picture by Peter Short
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Marcus Law believes James Brighton has “warranted” a long-term contract with Kettering Town.

The midfielder, who joined in the summer, has been one of the Poppies’ top performers so far this season and was rewarded ahead of Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to Chippenham Town in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division when he signed a contract to run until May 2017.

That news was quickly followed by the confirmation of Liam Canavan’s permanent move to Kettering on a non-contract deal following his release from Nuneaton Town, from where he had been on loan.

And Poppies boss Law, who is now preparing his team for Saturday’s FA Cup third qualifying round clash with Bamber Bridge at Latimer Park, believes the two deals are an example of what the club are aiming to achieve in the long-term.

He said: “James has been fantastic since joining the club and he has warranted the security of a contract.

“I think it shows you what we are trying to do and achieve. We believe he is a player who can take us into the National League North.

“And the same goes for Liam as well.

“He probably needs to settle down a bit after a turbulent time at Nuneaton.

“He enjoys what we are trying to do, he gets the bigger picture and wants to be part of it.

“We will look at how he progresses over the next couple of months and if he does what James has done then he will be another great addition.”

The Poppies, meanwhile, will travel to Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central side St Ives Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy on Friday, October 30 (8pm).

St Ives beat Rugby Town 4-2 in their preliminary round clash on Sunday.