Poppies must use me and I will use them, says returning Howe

Rene Howe was back in a Kettering Town shirt on Tuesday and scored in the 3-0 win over Chesham United. Picture by Jim McAlwane
Rene Howe was back in a Kettering Town shirt on Tuesday and scored in the 3-0 win over Chesham United. Picture by Jim McAlwane

Rene Howe wants Kettering Town to use him as much as he will use them over the next month or so.

The frontman made a triumphant return in a Poppies shirt as he grabbed the third goal in their 3-0 success over Chesham United on Tuesday night, which moved them up to ninth in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

Howe made a shock return to Kettering, some eight years after leaving the club to sign for Peterborough United, at the end of last week as he bids to improve his fitness ahead of what he hopes will be a comeback into the professional game.

The 29-year-old was forced to take a break from football in March this year as he left Newport County on compassionate grounds to care for his seriously ill wife.

But he is now on his way back and will be with the Poppies, who face leaders Poole Town at Latimer Park on Saturday, until at least January.

Howe said: “I want Kettering to use me and I want to use Kettering as a platform for me to push on. That’s why I am here.

“It didn’t matter what league I was playing in, I have had offers from all over but this was right up my road because I live in Bedford and it all went together. I am happy to be back here.

“My wife was really ill and I had to make a decision to take time out. I took that decision and quit. She is better now and I am ready to get back into it.

“The deal I have means I am here until January and if I can use Kettering and they can use me to get up the league then we will both be winning.

“How long I stay here? I don’t know.

“The more games I play, the more training sessions I do and the more gym work I do will make me sharper and as that happens, you can expect to see a lot more.”

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