Piercewright relishing his Poppies return

Brad Piercewright is back at Kettering Town

Brad Piercewright is back at Kettering Town

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Brad Piercewright is back in football and back at Kettering Town.

Eleven years have passed since Piercewright helped the Poppies, under then manager Carl Shutt, claim a memorable Southern League title success.

And he will be back in Kettering colours for the Calor League Division One Central campaign, which gets under way with a trip to Potters Bar Town next Saturday after completing a deal on Thursday evening.

After leaving the Poppies the first time round, Piercewright spent four seasons at Hinckley United under the management of current Kettering boss Dean Thomas.

And the defender confirmed a phone call to Thomas after he was appointed at Kettering set the wheels in motion for his return.

“I obviously know the manager very well because I signed for Hinckley pretty much 24 hours after I left Kettering,” Piercewright said.

“And when I saw that he had been appointed here, I just picked up the phone to see if there was anything I might be able to do for them this season.

“Kettering is a club that is very close to my heart after what we did the last time I was here. I have always kept a look out to see how they are doing.

“I haven’t played regularly for a while but last season I wanted to get fit again and I trained with Woodford United for a while because a mate of mine was the assistant-manager there.

“But I spoke to Dean and he told me to come along for pre-season, get myself fit and take it from there.

“It has gone well. There is a good group of players and I have been doing a few things to help get the squad bonded before the season starts.

“It’s good to be back here and hopefully we can have a good season.”

Piercewright hasn’t featured in the last four friendlies after suffering a foot injury in the 1-0 success at Brantham Athletic. But he remains hopeful of being fit for the opening day.

“I felt great at the start of pre-season,” he added.

“But I planted my heel in the ground when trying to see a ball out during that game and it has taken a while to recover.

“I trained this week but it is still a bit sore.

“I will do all I can to make sure I am ready for the first game but I will definitely be back sooner rather than later, although I have a bit of catching up to do on the training front.”