Sampson: Steelmen can’t put themselves at financial risk

Steelmen boss Ian Sampson
Steelmen boss Ian Sampson
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Ian Sampson insists Corby Town won’t be “putting the club in jeopardy” when it comes to the playing budget for the new Blue Square Bet North season.

The Steelmen kick of the campaign against Vauxhall Motors at Steel Park on Saturday having enjoyed an unbeaten run in pre-season, which was completed with a 3-1 home win over a Birmingham City XI on Monday night.

Sampson is on the verge of finalising his squad after his was confirmed that Tom McGowan, Nathaniel Wedderburn, Greg Kaziboni and Liam Richardson have all signed up at Steel Park.

Striker Ricky Miller is set to be the final piece of the puzzle as Sampson looks to complete a long-awaited move for the frontman before the weekend, even though he is suspended for the first two league matches.

On paper and in practice, it looks like a decent squad the new Steelmen boss has put together.

But he insists the club won’t be putting themselves at risk by overspending.

“We have got to create a culture at this club where it has got to be sustainable,” Sampson said.

“And we will not be putting the club in jeopardy by trying to stretch the budget.

“It is a new chairman, a new manager and new players and we don’t want to have the same, well-documented problems that Rushden & Diamonds and Kettering Town have had. It just can’t happen.

“We had nearly 500 there against Birmingham and there were a lot of kids in as well.

“If we overstretched our budget and go bust, where are these kids going to go and watch football?”

Sampson, meanwhile, is playing down expectations following some impressive showings in the pre-season friendlies with his main aim being to lead the club to higher finish than last season.

“This is a new bunch of players and they have been together for six or seven weeks,” he added.

“I will be playing everything down in terms of expectations.

“We want to finish higher than last season and, if we do that, it will be a bonus.”