Law: Poppies squad will develop in weeks ahead

Elliot Sandy and Brett Solkhon are put through their paces during Kettering Town's return to pre-season training this week. Picture by Alison Bagley
Elliot Sandy and Brett Solkhon are put through their paces during Kettering Town's return to pre-season training this week. Picture by Alison Bagley
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Marcus Law insists people will see the development of his new-look Kettering Town squad over the next two weeks.

The Poppies reported back for pre-season training this week with just a handful of last season’s Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central title-winning squad taking part.

With the vast majority of that squad now having departed Latimer Park following Law’s return to replace joint-bosses Scott Machin and Thomas Baillie, the manager’s second stint with the club sees him starting pretty much from scratch in terms of player recruitment.

But Law remains perfectly relaxed about the situation as he aims to build a squad to compete when the Premier Division campaign gets under way on August 8.

Kettering play their opening pre-season friendly at Rushden & Higham United on July 16.

And the Poppies boss said: “The first session went well, the lads worked hard and there were smiles on faces at the end of it.

“I had a few drop out on me because they are seeking moves higher up and there were some who seemed unsure who came along.

“We have our first game in a fortnight and that gives us eight sessions before then. I would have preferred longer but we have started a bit later because of the transition we have had here.

“It’s that time of year where players are seeing what they can get but within the next two weeks the squad will develop.”

The likes of Brett Solkhon, Elliot Sandy, Gary Mulligan, Steve Kinniburgh and Andy Gooding were on hand for the opening training session of the summer.

Law added: “We have a core of experienced players there who have played at this level and higher so it’s good to have them back.

“They know what it takes at this level and now the task is to add some fresh, young faces to it and make sure we add an extra dynamic to it.”

Further members of last season’s title-winning squad have departed with Tommy Hull joining Bedford Town while Jonathon Thorpe is also believed to have left Kettering.

Before joining the Eagles this week, Hull said: “I just want to thank Ritchie (chairman Jeune), Alan (Doyle), Dean (Thomas), Tom (Baillie) and Scott (Machin) for making my time at Kettering enjoyable.

“And I also want to thank the fans for their support.”