Thomas wants to install winning mentality at Poppies

Poppies boss Dean Thomas watches on during his team's return to pre-season training this week
Poppies boss Dean Thomas watches on during his team's return to pre-season training this week

Dean Thomas is determined to install a “winning mentality” at Kettering Town.

The Poppies are preparing for their opening pre-season friendly at Calor League Premier Division side St Neots Town tomorrow (Saturday) after they returned to training earlier this week.

Kettering will be starting the new season at the lowest ever level in the club’s history following two dreadful years that has seen them drop from the Conference Premier into Division One Central of the Calor League.

But with Ritchie Jeune having now completed his takeover and the club eyeing a move back to the borough at Latimer Park, there may be light at the end of what has been a long, dark tunnel.

Thomas is already well under way when it comes to rebuilding the playing squad but he knows installing the right mindset throughout the club will be crucial.

“What we need to do is bring a winning mentality back into the football club,” the Poppies boss said.

“Kettering have got used to losing games regularly in recent times and that is something that needs to change.

“We need to change the whole mindset of everyone at the club. That includes the supporters. We need to become a club that believes they can go out and win every Saturday afternoon.

“As a squad, we have six long weeks ahead of us to get ready for the first game of the new season.

“We will be working on everything and it will be important that the players who are with us help themselves and do everything they can to make sure they are prepared physically and mentally.

“We had a good first session with the lads and I am pleased with the way they have looked after themselves over the summer.

“Pre-season is always a slow process but all the work we do now will stand us in good stead when we get into next year.”

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