Poppies ‘always looking’ for fresh faces

Marcus Law watches on during Kettering Town's 0-0 draw at Hitchin Town on Saturday. Picture by Peter Short
Marcus Law watches on during Kettering Town's 0-0 draw at Hitchin Town on Saturday. Picture by Peter Short

Marcus Law insists Kettering Town are “always looking” for fresh faces to bring into Latimer Park.

The Poppies were able to name just four substitutes for Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Hitchin Town in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

Matthew Barnes-Homer missed the game due to him attending the funeral of former Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson in Telford while Aaron O’Connor was still sidelined by injury.

With Ben Stephens believed to be on his way to Stratford Town, the Poppies were a bit thin on the ground at Top Field.

And while boss Law, who is now preparing for a home clash with Redditch United tomorrow (Tuesday) night, revealed he is set to enter talks with a couple of potential signings this week, he believes there is a “misconception” over Kettering’s financial power in the division.

“We are always looking,” the Poppies boss said.

“I have got a couple of seven-day approaches in at the moment and we will hopefully be able to speak to players on Friday in regards to those.

“But I think there is a misconception in terms of the clout that people think we have.

“The people who are not in the know would be very surprised at what budgets are available to other clubs.

“And we also need to make sure we get the right type of player in.

“There are some out there who don’t fancy playing under the intensity and expectation that we have here.

“So when we are looking to bring in players, they have to be right for the club.”

The Poppies were boosted by the return of James Brighton as he came off the bench at Hitchin but the club revealed at the end of last week that youngster Ben Bradshaw is “likely to be out of action for some time” due to the knee injury he suffered in the 2-0 defeat at Merthyr Town earlier this month.