Poppies boss Dean praises impact of new signings

Rob Foster is set to return to the Kettering Town squad for this weekend's home clash with Egham Town

Rob Foster is set to return to the Kettering Town squad for this weekend's home clash with Egham Town

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Dean Thomas has praised the early impact of new Kettering Town signings James Jepson and Tommy Hull.

Hull made his Poppies debut in last weekend’s 3-1 success at Chalfont St Peter following a move from Barton Rovers while Jepson has added some much-needed steel to the Kettering midfield since arriving from Gresley.

Both are set to feature again as Kettering look to maintain their recent good form in the Calor League Division One Central against Egham Town at Latimer Park tomorrow (Saturday).

And Thomas believes they have added character as well as ability to his squad.

“The are good characters and every team needs those,” the Poppies boss said.

“They are both experienced and it is good for the younger players to have lads like that around them.

“With good characters in your squad, you can sometimes win matches in the dressing-room and that is what these boys have given us.

“I am pleased with how both of them have started and hopefully there is plenty more to come.”

Thomas confirmed striker Rob Foster is set to return to the squad this weekend having been away on his honeymoon.

It was also revealed that Foster had been playing with a broken toe prior to getting married.

And Thomas believes there is still plenty to come from the frontman.

“Rob has not really got going for us and we found out that he had been playing with a broken toe,” Thomas added.

“That has been sorted now and he is a recognised goalscorer at this level.

“Maybe he has been a bit overlooked before now.”

Meanwhile, it appears Chris Logan has left the Poppies while Chimdi Akubuine, who also missed last weekend’s win at Chalfont, has been training at Luton Town.

Kettering manager Thomas expects Ash Fuller to be fully fit for this weekend’s clash after a rib injury.