Duo leave Steelmen

Lee Hendrie has left Corby Town due to work commitments while Nabil Shariff has also departed from Steel Park
Lee Hendrie has left Corby Town due to work commitments while Nabil Shariff has also departed from Steel Park

Lee Hendrie and Nabil Shariff have left Corby Town with immediate effect.

Former Aston Villa and England midfielder Hendrie missed Saturday’s 3-1 home win over Weymouth as he has been taking part in the Shining Legends five-a-side football tour in China alongside other former professionals.

The Steelmen have confirmed he has now left due to work commitments while frontman Shariff has departed after finding first-team opportunities limited in recent weeks.

The departures come after Corby added Aman Verma to their squad for the weekend’s game following a loan move from Stockport County.

But Steelmen joint-manager Andrew Wilson confirmed there were no changes to the club’s budget.

“With Aman coming into the club and providing added versatility across the midfield it made sense for us to ensure that we balanced the squad by allowing players in that area to leave,” Wilson said.

“Our budget remains the same and the board have been supportive of us, which they again demonstrated with the recruitment of Aman.

“As a management team we need to ensure that we utilise any funds available in the areas that will best benefit the team.

“That inevitably means that when players arrive, others may have to leave. In this job you have to make tough decisions but we will always aim to make the best ones for Corby Town Football Club.

“It is unfortunate to see both lads leave. Tommy (fellow joint-boss Wright) and I would like to put on record our thanks and appreciation for their efforts whilst in a Corby Town shirt.

“We wish Lee and Nabil all the best in their next steps.”

The Steelmen are due to return to action tomorrow (Tuesday) night when they head to St Neots Town in the second round of the Calor League’s Red Insure Cup.