Tommy Wright says his Corby Town players are “raring to go” as their preparations for the Vanarama National League North get taken up a notch tonight (Tuesday).
The Steelmen’s first-team squad will have their first run-out at ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League side Oadby Town this evening.
And Wright believes there is some excitement in the air as the build-up to the new season continues.
“I am very excited about it and the boys are raring to go,” the Corby boss said.
“I think there will be a decent crowd over there for it and we will be at full-strength.
“It’s the first game for the new boys to feature alongside those from last season and I won’t be taking a big squad.
“I am keen to get as many minutes into the boys as possible and most of them will play the full game. I want to get them up to speed quickly.
“I wouldn’t have picked Oadby if I didn’t know how their manager would set them up and what their style of play would be like.
“They will give us a good workout. There will be some players there who have a point to prove against a team from a higher level.
“I want it to be physical and competitive and I am sure that’s what it will be.”
The Steelmen will be without Curtis Hartley who is unavailable while Wright revealed Kurtis Revan, who hit a hat-trick in an under-23 friendly at Newcastle United last week is now training with Cardiff City’s under-21 squad.
Summer signing Anton Brown and central defender Edi Appleton may only feature for 45 minutes this evening as they are slightly behind the rest in terms of fitness.
Wright won’t feature either as he is struggling with an ankle knock, which he picked up during a coaching course last month. He expects to have an x-ray on the injury in a bid to find out the full extent of the problem.
But the Steelmen boss is hopeful of adding another signing to his squad soon, although he reiterated his desire to look at the youth loan market to boost his numbers.
“I am hoping we can get another one in and we will be speaking to the player in question today,” he added.
“But if it doesn’t happen, I am not going to get downhearted.
“We are looking closely at the youth loan system and there are players out there that I believe we can get in now we have moved up into the National League.”