Plummer’s delight as Carruthers joins Steelmen

Chris Carruthers has signed for Corby Town
Chris Carruthers has signed for Corby Town

Corby Town’s preparations for the new season appear to be clicking into gear after boss Chris Plummer confirmed the arrival of former Northampton Town left-back Chris Carruthers.

That has completed a busy few days for the Steelmen, who have also signed striker Tom Berwick from Leamington while Paul Malone, Gareth Jelleyman, Paul Walker and Sam Ives have all been retained from last season’s squad that was relegated from the Conference North on the final day of the campaign.

Corby had their place in the Southern League Premier Division confirmed at the annual meeting in Torquay last weekend.

And Plummer, who was delighted to secure the services of the experienced Carruthers, expects more arrivals to follow over the next week.

“It is great that we have got Chris signed up,” Plummer said.

“He was most recently at Hereford but he has played a lot of games in the Football League for the likes of Northampton and Bristol Rovers.

“He is based locally and he has plenty of experience. It is a really good signing for us.”

Plummer confirmed he is still talking to a number of last season’s squad about returning for the new season but insists he is pleased with his early work in the transfer market.

“The three we have signed up from last season are good players and it was important to get them on board again,” the Steelmen boss added.

“Tom really impressed me when we played Leamington in the FA Cup last season and he has been part of their title-winning squad in the Southern League.

“He has scored a lot of goals at that level and the one below it so he knows what he is doing.

“A big centre-forward was something we lacked for long spells last season and I am sure he will do well for us.

“We are still talking to some of the guys from last season and we want some of them stay with us.

“But we only want lads who are going to buy into what we want to do here and we do, of course, have a budget to stick to. But I expect there to be more transfer news over the next week or so.”