Ritchie Jeune insists the signing of David Kolodynski is as much a case of planning for the future as well as bringing a prolific striker to Kettering Town.
The 25-year-old, who is Rugby Town’s all-time leading goalscorer and has 20 to his name already this season, has joined the Poppies from their Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central rivals.
Kolodynski is in line to make his debut in Saturday’s clash with Potters Bar Town at Latimer Park as the Poppies, who are five points clear at the top of the table, will aim to make it five league wins in a row.
He will add further firepower to an attack that has already scored 42 goals in the league this season.
But chairman Jeune confirmed that a number of clubs from a higher level are continuing to show an interest in Kettering striker Dubi Ogbonna, making the capture of the league’s most prolific striker all the more important.
Luton Town boss John Still watched one Poppies game earlier this season with the rumour mill suggesting that Ogbonna, who is under contract with Kettering, is a target for them.
“I don’t think it is any secret that a lot of clubs are looking at Dubi, and five have shown a continued interest in him,” Jeune said.
“As yet, that hasn’t become an offer but we are still getting requests from the same clubs to come and watch our matches.
“Dubi is a great player and I think everyone has seen that he has matured this season, he probably has as many assists as he does goals.
“And we are clear in that should the opportunity arise for him to play at a higher level then we would not stand in his way.
“There’s no pressure on him to go and we love having him at the club.
“But you always have to plan ahead and we didn’t want to be in a position where we might lose him and not have someone already in the ranks.
“David is proven at our level and it is great to have him on board.
“But this is not just a case of us signing a great striker for the sake of it. I think it is good planning.
“We want to win the league, we have made that clear. But we also have to make sure that should we lose one of our top strikers, we have others in place already.”