Potential new signings to feature in Poppies friendly

Phil Ifil will play a part in Kettering Town's first pre-season friendly against Southend Manor at Nene Park tomorrow (Saturday)
Phil Ifil will play a part in Kettering Town's first pre-season friendly against Southend Manor at Nene Park tomorrow (Saturday)
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Kettering Town will run the rule over up to six potential new signings in their first pre-season friendly against Southend Manor at Nene Park on Saturday (3pm).

Assistant-manager Dean Greygoose has also revealed that a number of other trialists will also be given the chance to impress as the Poppies take on the side they beat in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round last season.

However, the leash looks set to be kept on Kettering’s first-team players for the time being, although Greygoose confirmed right-back Phil Ifil will feature in the opening friendly.

“We are really looking forward to the game,” said John Beck’s assistant.

“It has been a bit crash, bang, wallop for us in the last two weeks.

“I think I have learned a lot about being an assistant-manager because it has been non-stop.

“We have been in early and leaving late at night because we have been working with the players who are here as well as speaking with players and agents.

“But we have been out on the training pitch and the lads who are here have knuckled down and started to take on board our ideas.

“We have worked them extremely hard this week and that means we have to be careful with putting them into a match situation.

“But we will have at least six lads playing who we are keen to sign and the first-team boys will be there to train and warm-up and meet the fans.”

The Poppies have had a busy week in the transfer market with Jordan Patrick, Jamie Griffiths and Oscar Radford all signing up for the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign.

Ifil, goalkeeper Laurie Walker and David Bridges are all contracted while the Poppies also signed centre-half Ed Palmer earlier in the summer.

Greygoose added: “We have made a decent start and people have to remember we were starting from scratch.

“It’s difficult because the club has dropped down a couple of divisions and I have spoken to players who I thought would be great for us but they are getting trials at Conference clubs.

“But it is still very early in pre-season, even though we have our first friendly this weekend.

“John said it would take him 18 months to get the team exactly how he wants it and he said that from the start.”

Kick-off at Nene Park tomorrow is at 3pm and admission prices are £5 for adults and concessions while under-16s will be allowed in free.