‘Fresh start’ in a new league will be good for Steelmen

Tom McGowan celebrates scoring one of Corby Town's goals in the 4-2 FA Cup win over Trafford last season. The two teams will meet again in the new campaign after the Steelmen were switched to the Evo-Stik Northern League Premier Division
Tom McGowan celebrates scoring one of Corby Town's goals in the 4-2 FA Cup win over Trafford last season. The two teams will meet again in the new campaign after the Steelmen were switched to the Evo-Stik Northern League Premier Division
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Tommy Wright believes a “fresh start” in the Evo-Stik Northern League Premier Division will be a good thing for everyone at Corby Town.

The Steelmen have been switched to the north from the Calor League Premier Division for next season.

It will mean Corby will have a local derby with Stamford while also enjoying high-profile clashes against well-backed teams such as FC United of Manchester and King’s Lynn Town.

From the playing side of things, manager Wright believes there won’t be anything for his team to fear in their new surroundings.

And he confirmed he and others at Steel Park had talked about all aspects of switching divisions when the chance of it happening was first brought up.

The Steelmen boss said: “We knew it could happen and we knew quite a while ago so the preparations had been made.

“With the teams that had been relegated, it was always likely to be the case that this would happen and I spoke about it with (director) Paul Glass, (chairman) Steve Noble and (vice-chairman) Gerry Reilly.

“This is a fresh start for the club with a new consortium coming in and moving into a new league only adds a bit more to that.

“We played the likes of Trafford and Barwell in the FA Cup last season and did very well against them. Is there anything more to fear going into this league? I don’t think there is.

“There will always be positives and negatives but I have been speaking with a couple of lads from the Derby and Nottingham areas and going into the Northern League will make a difference from that point of view.

“On the flip side, we have had lads who are based further south but they have played for the club in Conference North before so hopefully it won’t be too much of an issue.

“We have discussed numerous things and that includes the fact we will have local games against Barwell, Stamford and King’s Lynn and then there is FC United of Manchester who take hundreds of fans all over the country.

“It will all generate interest and hopefully this fresh start will also create a bit of interest locally.

“We want people to come out and see us and I think they will be intrigued by this new league we are heading into.”

Wright, meanwhile, insists he is relaxed about the task of re-building the Steelmen squad for the new campaign.

So far only goalkeeper Paul Walker has committed to staying while Gareth Jelleyman opted to join Spalding United having previously been announced as a player-coach at Corby for next season.

But Wright believes there could be some news coming out of Steel Park next week, although he insists it is likely to be busy all the way through the summer.

He added: “It is still very early and players will still be reflecting on the season that has just ended.

“They will be listening to offers from all over the place but there are players I have spoken to who I know will be on board with us for the long haul, regardless of whether it is a non-contract basis of not.

“It is a matter of piecing things together at the moment. We will hopefully have a bit of news next week but things will be happening all the way through June and July.

“I am relaxed about things and I am certainly not planning on blocking things up in the squad too quickly.”