Poppies legend Solkhon makes his return

Brett Solkhon will be back in Kettering Town colours next season after agreeing terms for their next campaign
Brett Solkhon will be back in Kettering Town colours next season after agreeing terms for their next campaign
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Brett Solkhon will be back in a Kettering Town shirt next season.

The legendary midfielder is set to add to his 300-plus appearances for the club after agreeing terms with the Poppies for their upcoming Calor League Division One Central campaign.

Kettering boss Dean Thomas had confirmed his interest in bringing Solkhon back to the club in this week’s Northamptonshire Telegraph.

And he has now got his wish after Solkhon left Skrill North side Brackley Town to rejoin the club where he remains a firm favourite with the Poppies fans.

Solkhon was an interested observer at Kettering’s play-off semi-final and final as the last campaign ended in heartbreak with Slough Town ending their promotion hopes with a 3-2 success at Latimer Park earlier this month.

But, after a three-year stay at the other end of the county, Solkhon is ready to “come home” and admitted the size of the crowds on hand for those play-off matches helped make his mind up.

The 31-year-old joked: “I have given into temptation! But it is like coming home.

“When I left before it was something that was forced upon me because of the deal that was offered at the time.

“I have had three great years at Brackley but I have obviously seen the way (chairman) Ritchie Jeune has helped get Kettering back on their feet with the help of the fans.

“And when I came back to watch them in their play-off semi-final and final and I saw the size of the crowd, it brought back a lot of wonderful memories.

“My heart is at Kettering and always has been. Now I am looking forward to hopefully putting in some good performances and helping the club back to where it should be.”

Solkhon, meanwhile, will be left with some happy memories from his time at Brackley after helping them into the Skrill North before reaching a play-off final and enjoying a memorable run in the FA Cup last season.

“I achieved something each year with Brackley,” he added.

“We got promoted in my first season, reached the play-off final in the second and while it was disappointing not to make the play-offs in the last campaign, we beat Gillingham in the FA Cup and had a great run in that.

“I have had three brilliant years at Brackley but it’s time for another challenge.”