Discussions under way as Law aims to keep Poppies squad together

Kettering Town are hoping to keep Rene Howe at the club
Kettering Town are hoping to keep Rene Howe at the club

Marcus Law is keen to keep the current Kettering Town squad together as they aim to maintain their push for an Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division play-off place.

The Poppies moved to within a point of the top five after an excellent 3-0 victory at King’s Lynn Town on Boxing Day.

Kettering’s upturn in fortunes has come following a flurry of new signings at Latimer Park towards the end of November.

And Law has confirmed that discussions with right-back Liam Bateman and striker Rene Howe are now under way in a bid to keep them at the club.

Bateman joined on loan from Aston Villa while Howe returned to the Poppies on an initial deal until January.

It is expected both will feature when Kettering kick-off 2016 with a home clash against Bedworth United on Saturday.

And Law is now hoping he can keep the squad together for the remainder of the campaign.

“Discussions have been going on and they have been positive,” the Poppies boss said.

“We want to keep this group together if we can because there is good feeling and we are going in right direction.

“Everyone will have noticed that since we brought all the new lads in, there have been very few changes since. There has been no need to do that.

“We are doing the right things. Rather than going out and looking to change anything, we have been working with these players and it has paid off.

“We will do what we can to keep the group together and those discussions will continue.”