‘Two or three’ more to come for Steelmen

Tommy Wright's Corby Town side begin their pre-season friendly programme tomorrow
Tommy Wright's Corby Town side begin their pre-season friendly programme tomorrow
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Tommy Wright believes there are at least “two or three” spaces to fill in the Corby Town squad ahead of the new Southern League Premier Division campaign.

The Steelmen boss bolstered his squad this week with the additions of midfielders Akin Abiola Daramola and Wilson Carvalho while defender Lewis Jackson and striker Bidemi Afolabi have also arrived at Steel Park.

With youngsters Curtis Hartley and Eric Yeboah also joining as part of the link-up with Tresham Academy, the Steelmen squad is nearing completion as they prepare to begin their friendly programme against town rivals Stewarts & Lloyds for the Bob Cummings Cup tomorrow (Saturday, 3pm).

Corby then face two games in 24 hours with a trip to AFC Rushden & Diamonds on Tuesday being immediately followed by a clash against a Leeds United XI at Steel Park on Wednesday.

And Wright, who was delighted with his latest signings, expects further new additions to be made sooner rather than later.

“There are still two or three spaces at least to fill so they will be next week and some decisions will be made after the Rushden game,” the Steelmen boss said.

“But I am really pleased with how it is shaping up. I think Akin Daramola is the sort of midfielder we missed last season, he is real battler and has a lot of quality on the ball.

“Wilson also had an offer in Ireland but I am delighted he has come on board with us and Bidemi is the kind of player you need on a contract because he has a lot of potential. I think he could be a big find for us this season.

“And Lewis Jackson is what I would describe as a traditional left-back. He is in the same mould as Chris Carruthers who was here last season. He takes set-pieces and he is strong.

“I think we have made some really good additions there and I am sure these lads can help us to where we want to go.

“It is a good squad and there don’t seem to be any bad eggs in there. Everyone is keen to do well.”

As far as tomorrow is concerned, Wright is in no doubt that his squad are ready for some match action.

The clash with Barry Britton’s ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One side had been due to be played at Occupation Road last Tuesday but was switched to the Rockingham Triangle pitch.

But the Corby manager believes the extra training sessions during the past week were useful to him.

Wright added: “The lads are ready for the game.

“They all wanted to play on Tuesday but I think it suits us having the match on a Saturday and we are all looking forward to it.

“They have done their fitness work and, because the game was put back, I have had the chance to do a couple of sessions with them about how I want them to play tomorrow.

“They have all bought into it, which is great. Hopefully, those extra sessions we have had will show in the game and the ones that follow on.”

Admission for tomorrow’s game is £2 for adults and £1 for concessions and under-16s while season ticket holders for the upcoming season will gain free entry.