Thomas keen to keep red-hot Ogbonna with Poppies

Dubi Ogbonna continued his stunning start to life with Kettering Town with a second successive hat-trick in the 3-1 win at Aylesbury
Dubi Ogbonna continued his stunning start to life with Kettering Town with a second successive hat-trick in the 3-1 win at Aylesbury
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Dean Thomas says Kettering Town will talk with striker Dubi Ogbonna about the future.

But the Poppies boss insists he doesn’t see the frontman leaving the club anytime soon, even though his incredible goal scoring exploits would not have gone unnoticed.

Ogbonna became the first Poppies player in almost 50 years to score back-to-back hat-tricks - the last being Norman Bleanch in 1964-65 - as he followed up his three-goal haul at Marlow with another treble to seal a 3-1 success at Aylesbury on Saturday, which extended Kettering’s unbeaten run to 10 matches in all competitions and saw them move up to sixth place in the Calor League Division One Central.

With seven goals in three games since joining from St Ives Town on a non-contract deal, many now feel it won’t be long before the in-form striker is snapped up by a club from a higher level.

But Thomas believes Ogbonna is happy where he is, although he admits there may be a need to discuss the striker’s future with him.

“Whenever you sign a new player you always want them to hit the ground running but I think we have all been surprised by how well Dubi has started with us,” Thomas said.

“Every team needs a goalscorer and his quality of finishing has been excellent as had his ability to pick up second balls and be alert in the penalty area.

“Every club wants someone to score the goals and now we have to make sure we keep him with us.

“I am sure the club will look to put things in place to ensure that happens but, given what has happened in the past, with players being on contract and the problems it has caused I am sure they will also be cautious.

“You have to make sure that players you want to put on contract are the right age and have the right attitude towards the club.

“Dubi has certainly made it clear to us that he sees the potential of the club in the future and he wants to help us move forward.

“I don’t see him leaving us in the near future but I am sure there will be some discussions to be had with him.”

The Poppies return to action with a third successive away game tomorrow (Tuesday) night when they head to Royston Town, who sit just two places below them in eighth place.