Thomas happy with Poppies transfer work so far

Ben Ford has signed for Kettering Town on a permanent basis, having been on loan from Nuneaton Town during last season
Ben Ford has signed for Kettering Town on a permanent basis, having been on loan from Nuneaton Town during last season
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Kettering Town boss Dean Thomas has declared himself “happy” with the work he has done in the transfer market so far this summer.

After a fairly low-key end to the last campaign, the new Poppies manager has been busy talking to a number of targets and the club were able to announce six new signings this week while also confirming who has been retained from last season’s squad.

Goalkeeper Michael Quirke, defender Chris Logan and midfielders Aidan Bradshaw and Troy Johnston are all staying with the Poppies while Jamie Griffiths remains contracted.

And the list of new signings is headed up by Ben Ford while the likes of Mark Hackett, Tom Mills, Paul Caswell, Andy Gooding and Steve Kinniburgh have all agreed terms as the Poppies get ready for their Southern League Division One Central campaign.

Thomas knows there will be more to come as the summer progresses and, particularly, when pre-season training gets under way early next month. But he feels it is a case of so far, so good.

“We have tried to be as active as possible,” the Poppies manager said.

“There are a lot of players talking to a lot of clubs at the moment but it has been pleasing to get a number of lads pinned down for the new season.

“And it is a good mix so far. They are all pretty young but they all have experience of this level or higher and to get someone like Andy Gooding on board is great for us.

“I am sure there will be more recruitment going on during pre-season and we will have a number of trialists to look at as well.

“I am quite pleased with the way things are at the moment. And I am already looking forward to working with these boys and developing a strong squad here.”