Blow for Steelmen as Hoban joins Sutton

Claudiu Hoban has signed for Sutton United having previously been announced as a summer signing for Corby Town

Claudiu Hoban has signed for Sutton United having previously been announced as a summer signing for Corby Town

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Claudiu Hoban has signed for Conference South side Sutton United, just a couple of weeks after he had been announced as a summer signing for Corby Town.

The talented winger enjoyed a successful spell at Steel Park during last season before featuring for Conference outfit Tamworth in the latter stages of the campaign.

Steelmen boss Tommy Wright moved to make him a permanent member of his squad for the forthcoming Calor League Pemier Division.

But, as revealed in last week’s Corby Telegraph, Wright revealed that a club from a higher level had come in for the 22-year-old, who had only agreed a non-contract deal with Corby.

That club turned out to be Sutton, who finished as runners-up in Conference South last season, as he was announced as part of a double signing along with French striker Jessy Reindorf.

Sutton manager Paul Doswell said: “Through watching Jessy we became aware of Claudiu, who is a very raw, young, exciting talent who we think we can coach to become even better.

“Both players were very keen to join us with the morning training, and while neither is the finished article, they’ll bring a great freshness and work ethic to the squad and we’re looking forward to working with them.”

The news followed on from Wright admitting last week that he was resigned to losing Hoban, although he also revealed he has a “good replacement” lined up.

The Steelmen boss said: “It is the nature of non-League football, unless these players are contracted then it can make it difficult to keep hold of them.

“Claudiu has been offered more money by a higher-placed team who are full-time and it will be a big opportunity for him.

“But I am relaxed about it because I have a good replacement lined up.

“It is a lesson for me to learn and maybe I will have to keep things under wraps until we are back.

“There are still offers on the table for three or four but I am pleased with how things are coming together.”