Wright excited about talented Corby newcomers

Corby Town player-manager Tommy Wright
Corby Town player-manager Tommy Wright

Corby Town joint-manager Tommy Wright is excited at the prospect of seeing two new signings turning out for the club.

Forward Jake Healy has arrived from Tamworth while former Telford midfielder Nathan Rooney has also joined.

Both players go into the squad for the FA Trophy clash with Daventry Town on Saturday and will also be eligible for the club’s FA Cup clash away at Colwyn Bay next weekend.

And Wright believes they add significant attacking options to the Steelmen ahead of an important couple of weeks.

“Jake’s a young lad who I know from my time at Tamworth,” he said of the 19-year-old.

“He broke into the first-team when he was about 16 and last season joined in quite a lot and got on to the bench a few times.

“He’s sharp, young, hungry and, if he works hard, he’s got the potential to go on a long way in the game.

“He’s keen to learn and I’m looking forward to helping him develop.

“I spoke to Dale Belford (Tamworth manager) who I get on well with and he said Jake was a bit unlucky there and they just didn’t have the money to offer him anything.

“He will give us options and that is a great thing for us.”

Fellow signing Rooney has more experience, despite being only 21, and comes with a good pedigree.

“Nathan trained with us last week and again this week and has been very impressive,” Wright added.

“He’s a technical ball player and a good passer and we liked what we saw of him.

“I’ve also watched DVDs of him and everyone I speak to has spoken highly of him.

“He played a lot in the Wolves reserve team and also did well at Telford.

“He does look like a class act.”

An added bonus for the Steelmen is that both players can play in the FA Trophy and FA Cup matches.

Wright said: “That wasn’t the reason we signed them but it is important.

“In the last round of the FA Cup we could only put four people on the bench and, when you are allocated seven spots, it doesn’t reflect well on the club.

“This gives us a bit more strength in terms of numbers but they are also good players to have at the club.”