New Poppies bosses set to swoop for transfer targets

New Kettering Town joint-manager Thomas Baillie, pictured with midfielder James Jepson during last season, says the club are in "advanced conversations" with a couple of transfer targets. Picture by Peter Short

New Kettering Town joint-manager Thomas Baillie, pictured with midfielder James Jepson during last season, says the club are in "advanced conversations" with a couple of transfer targets. Picture by Peter Short

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A new era has dawned at Kettering Town after Thomas Baillie and Scott Machin were appointed as joint-managers on a permanent basis yesterday (Monday).

And the new bosses could be about to stamp their mark on the job by dipping into the transfer market this week.

With the vast majority of last season’s squad, which was beaten in the Calor League Division One Central play-off final, already on board as well as the return of legendary midfielder Brett Solkhon, things look in good shape.

But Baillie, who was assistant-manager under Dean Thomas last season, has confirmed that the club are in “advanced conversations” with at least two players.

“I think that with the players we already have here and the ones we are trying to add, the squad will be strong,” the Kettering joint-boss said.

“We are in advanced conversations with a couple of players and if we can get them in, I think they will be exciting for the club.

“Hopefully we will be able to get a couple of deals finalised over the next few days.

“We already have a decent squad but we have to make sure that those who come in are capable of pushing for a starting place.”

Baillie, meanwhile, believes continuity could be key for the Poppies after he and Machin were handed the job of replacing Thomas, who left last month due to increased work commitments.

Baillie has managed the club in the past while Machin was brought as a coach by Thomas last summer.

“I think Dean would admit that Scott and I played a big part in what happened during last season,” Baillie added.

“Running the playing side of things at a club like Kettering isn’t just down to one man, it’s as much about the people you have around you.

“The team has to be right on and off the pitch. We know the players and the players know us. It’s now up to all of us to make it happen.”

Don’t miss more reaction to the new managerial appointments at Kettering Town in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph