Marcus Law is hoping it won’t be long before his Kettering Town squad is finalised for the new Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign.
The Poppies started the week by confirming 15 members of their squad and they went on to enjoy a comfortable start to their pre-season programme with a 5-0 victory over Rothwell Corinthians at Sergeants Lawn thanks to goals from Ben Stephens, Liam Canavan, Spencer Weir-Daley, Jonny Joyce and Brett Solkhon.
They are back in action at Rushden & Higham United tonight (Thursday) before heading to AFC Kempston Rovers on Saturday.
Law moved to add four more players to his squad last night with goalkeepers Craig Hill and Jamie Dean – a Poppies supporter who has been training with the club – both signing up.
Callum Westwood, son of former Kettering player and manager Ashley, has also signed forms along with midfielder Ethan Lee.
With the big kick-off just over three weeks away, Law is keen to finalise his squad as soon as possible and he confirmed he expects Wilson Carvalho to sign up for the new campaign after the winger featured for Vanarama National League side Woking last weekend.
And the Poppies boss will also be keeping a close eye on trialists Nathan Hicks and former Barwell centre-half Blaize Punter who both featured on Tuesday evening.
Law said: “We are hoping to tie up Wilson on Saturday. He has had a little look at a Conference Premier club and you can’t knock him for that.
“We will get everything sorted and then we will be pretty much there.
“We want to see how Nathan and Blaize come through the next couple of weeks but there were certainly positive signs from them on Tuesday.
“It will be the same group for the game tonight and then we will look at Saturday as a chance to start fine tuning people in positions.”
Law was pleased with the way some of the club’s youngsters performed during the opening friendly as the likes of Joyce, Ben Baker, Bleu McNeil and Nathan Bobowicz all impressed having made the step up from the under-21s.
And he expects them to play a key role during the campaign.
“The youngsters featured for us and I am really excited by one or two coming through,” the Poppies boss added.
“We are going to have quite a small squad in terms of senior players and we are going to need the youngsters and their energy levels.
“As well as gearing up to try to compete at the top of the division, we have to look at the future as well.
“It’s a hard job but the infrastructure at the club makes it easier and it’s exciting when you can bring the players on like we did on Tuesday.”