Ball staying on with Steelmen as Thomas departs

Callum Ball is staying on Corby Town next season

Callum Ball is staying on Corby Town next season

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Tommy Wright expects Callum Ball to be a “massive player” for Corby Town next season.

The former Derby County striker, who had two spells at Steel Park during the last campaign, has agreed a deal to stay with the Steelmen as they now head into the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.

Ball becomes the latest player to commit to the new full-time regime at Corby, although the Steelmen were dealt a blow this week as full-back Kalern Thomas signed for Vanarama National League North side Boston United.

Wright said: “Pre-season will be vital for Callum.

“He’s always been a big lad, he stands 6ft 4ins and I am sure he will be relishing the extra training we will be putting on.

“I think it’s a coup for the club because he was playing Championship football three years ago and he’s only 24.

“He scored one goal in his first spell with us but towards the end of last season I think we saw the real Callum Ball show himself.

“I am really looking forward to getting him fit and I expect him to be a massive player for us.

“It’s disappointing to lose Kalern but I am proud of the way he has come up from UCL football to play in the National League North.

“I think that is a success story for us and I am made up for him but we will miss him.”

Wright, meanwhile, insists Corby’s switch back to the Northern League won’t affect his plans for next season.

Having originally been placed in the Northern League, it looked like the Steelmen would instead be in the Southern League Premier Division after Cinderford Town had rejected promotion following their Division One South & West title success.

That resulted in Evesham United appealing the decision to move them into the Northern Premier League Division One South, an appeal that was upheld by the Football Association.

It now means Corby will go north while Stamford are relegated to the Northern League Division One South.

“It looks bad when you are saying to players that you will be playing in this league and then all of a sudden it changes,” Wright admitted.

“But I think the players are simply buying into the daytime training we will be doing next season.

“It’s not great for the club to be messed around but, from my point of view, it’s a new challenge.

“I have won the Southern League Premier Division, now can I go and win the Northern Premier League Premier Division?

“I have a project going on here.

“And my only focus is on winning football matches again, regardless of what league we are in.”