Two more in but Poppies still have work to do

The Kettering Town squad is beginning to come together but John Beck insists there is more work to do

The Kettering Town squad is beginning to come together but John Beck insists there is more work to do

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Kettering Town have added two more signings to their squad ahead of the new Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign.

But manager John Beck insists there is still a lot more hard work for him to do over the next two weeks or so as the new season draws ever closer.

Omar Beckles, who started his career at Milwall, and Ryan Hervel – who has been plucked from the Middlesex County Premier League – have both earned deals at Nene Park having impressed during Beck’s major trials weekend soon after he arrived as manager.

Both have featured in the unbeaten run of pre-season friendlies and bring the Poppies’ squad number up to 11, although that includes David Bridges who looks set to leave for Chelmsford City.

And Beck is hopeful of getting further deals done in the next week or so to give him the time to prepare for the season curtain-raiser at Weymouth on August 18.

The Poppies have arranged another friendly to tie in with their Season Ticket Day on Saturday when they host Grantham Town at Nene Park.

And Beck said: “We are working really, really hard on recruitment and we are trying to get these players in.

“As it stands, we only have nine or 10 that have signed but we had another trials day at the weekend and there are three or four out of that who we may give a chance to against Grantham.

“I am still speaking to John Still at Dagenham and he may have a couple that could do a job for us.

“It has been a very tough process.

“Everyone knows we started later than everyone else but we are working 24 hours a day to get a squad in place and I hope all the fans can stay patient with us.”