Winning mentality crucial for Steelmen, says Carruthers

Chris Carruthers (right), pictured in action against Barrow for Brackley Town last season, is looking forward to another Vanaram National League North campaign with Corby Town

Chris Carruthers (right), pictured in action against Barrow for Brackley Town last season, is looking forward to another Vanaram National League North campaign with Corby Town

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Chris Carruthers says it’s crucial Corby Town go into the new season believing they are winners.

Carruthers knows just how tough the forthcoming Vanarama National League North campaign will be having spent last season battling to keep Brackley Town in the division.

Tommy Wright’s heroes went up as Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division champions after a 3-2 win at title rivals Poole Town on the final day of the season that meant the Steelmen took 25 points from their last 10 games.

Carruthers, players’ player of the year at Steel Park in 2013-2014, said: “We’re going into a tough league and we’ve got to look to keep that winning mentality.

“Corby showed last season that if you get on a good run, who knows where it might take you?

“If you’re winning games, you look around your team mates before matches and think: ‘I can’t see us losing today’ and it’s surprising just how hard it becomes for other teams to stop you.

“When you’re winning games you don’t think you can lose and it seems you get the rub of the green as well.

“I’m looking forward to next season – especially after the way Corby finished last season.

“The club are looking to push on again and there are exciting times ahead.”

The 32-year-old says he’s happy to be working with Wright again.

“I’ve known Tommy for a long time and the way he has turned the club around is the main reason why I decided to go back,” said Carruthers.

“He has brought fresh players in and got Corby promoted.

“I like the way he’s gone about doing things.

“I really enjoyed my time at Corby before and I wanted to stay.

“But then the opportunity came to play in the league above at Brackley in front of good crowds at places like Stockport and Barrow.

“That’s the only reason I left Corby.”