Plummer hoping to have McKenzie back for Corby’s next two games

Leon McKenzie
Leon McKenzie

Chris Plummer is hoping striker Leon McKenzie will feature in Corby Town’s next two games.

But the Steelmen manager has confirmed that recent discussions he has had with the experienced frontman have included the possibility of McKenzie retiring from football after the New Year’s Day home clash with Boston United at Steel Park.

Before then, Corby head to FC Halifax tomorrow having claimed a 1-1 draw in the first meeting with Graham Drury’s Boston on Boxing Day.

McKenzie has barely featured for the Steelmen during December due to a tour of the country to promote his autobiography. And he has also expressed a desire to take up a career in boxing in the future.

And Plummer revealed that retirement from football may well be part of McKenzie’s plans.

“It is something we have discussed and going forward in 2013, I don’t think we will see Leon on the pitch too much,” Plummer said.

“I am sure he will let everyone know when a final decision has been made.

“We are hopeful he will be available for Saturday and also for New Year’s Day. But he has other things happening outside of football, which we have always known.”

Plummer, meanwhile, knows he will need to bring in some reinforcements to boost his wafer-thin squad.

And he believes his team are about to embark on one of the toughest trips of the season when they head to Halifax tomorrow.

“It is a tough period against some big clubs that have been in the Football League before,” Plummer added.

“I know Halifax had a good result on Boxing Day (they beat Gainsborough 3-1) and we have a few walking wounded. The squad is looking thin and we need to address that in the next week or two.

“We know the targets we want and hopefully we can get them. If we can’t then we will have to think again.

“These games are coming thick and fast but we will be ready for Saturday, although we know it will be one of the toughest games of the season.”