Corby defender Malone to join Stamford

Corby Town defender Paul Malone is set to join Stamford on a dual registration as he continues his comeback from a double leg break

Corby Town defender Paul Malone is set to join Stamford on a dual registration as he continues his comeback from a double leg break

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Corby Town defender Paul Malone is set to sign for Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side Stamford as he continues his comeback from a double leg break.

The centre-half completed 90 minutes in a friendly against AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ under-21 side a week ago and was named as a substitute in the Steelmen’s 2-0 defeat at Boston United in the Vanarama National League North at the weekend.

Malone came on as a makeshift striker for the final five minutes as Corby chased an equaliser before conceding a second goal at the death.

But boss Tommy Wright says a move to the Daniels, who welcomed former Steel Park boss Grahama Drury back as manager last week, is a “no brainer” for the popular defender, who is seeking to boost his match fitness.

“Molly (Malone) was on the bench on Saturday but me and Dave (assistant-manager Clarke) had a chat about it and it’s wrong for us to keep him here for selfish reasons and use him as a substitute like we did at the weekend,” Wright said.

“That’s no good for Paul. He needs to start games and it’s a no brainer for him to go there.

“It’s a club he knows well and he will be training with them tomorrow (Tuesday) and on Thursday and will be available for them at the weekend.

“Hopefully, going there will help him be ready for us. He will be playing in the Northern Premier League, which is the level below us and if he can come through some games there then it will be good for us.”

Wright revealed Stamford are keen on signing goalkeeper Corby goalkeeper Paul Walker.

The Steelmen snapped up Wolves stopper Harry Burgoyne on loan at the end of last week while Wright has also said youngster Sam Donkin is a “long-term project” to become the future number one at Steel Park.

“Where Paul Walker goes is up to him really,” he added.

“I think there are a few Southern League teams who would like to take him and Stamford also want him as well.

“We will see how that develops during this week.”

Wright also confirmed full-back Connor Kennedy has now returned to Corby following a loan stint at Daventry Town and will be in the squad for tomorrow (Tuesday) night’s league clash at Stalybridge Celtic.