Newman, Deeney and Hamilton sign up for Poppies

Dave Deeney, pictured during his time with Corby Town, has signed for Kettering Town
Dave Deeney, pictured during his time with Corby Town, has signed for Kettering Town

Kettering Town have confirmed three new signings as Dean Thomas continues to rebuild his squad ahead of their Southern League Division One Central campaign.

The Poppies have snapped up striker Jake Newman, who scored some crucial goals in AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ promotion campaign in the United Counties League Division One last season.

And joining Newman are former Corby Town midfielder Dave Deeney, who was with Slough Town last season, and winger Louis Hamilton, who is staying with Kettering after finishing the last campaign with them.

As revealed in this week’s Northamptonshire Telegraph, the club are looking to kick off next season in the new surroundings of Latimer Park.

And Thomas is pleased with the way his squad is beginning to shape up.

“I have been talking to a lot of players and obviously there will be more to come in,” the Poppies boss said.

“Jake obviously had a terrific season with Rushden and I am a firm believer that if you score 20-plus goals at any level then you have the ability to do it higher up.

“Jakes wants to play at a higher level and that is something we can offer him at this moment in time. It will be a good challenge for him and I am sure he is looking forward to it.

“Dave is very experienced and I am pleased he is with us. He played 50-odd games for Slough last season, he knows the level and he has helped make the spine of our squad stronger.

“I want a team that has pace and power and Louis certainly brings that extra pace with him. We saw that last season and I am sure we will see more of it.

“We will have other trialists to look at before our pre-season training starts but I am delighted with the way things are going at the moment.”

The three new signings join Michael Quirke, Chris Logan, Ben Ford, Paul Caswell, Andy Gooding, Tom Mills, Aidan Bradshaw, Troy Johnston, Steve Kinniburgh and Mark Hackett as part of Thomas’ revolution while Jamie Griffiths remains contracted to the club.