Midfielder Hicks in line to feature for the Poppies

Nathan Hicks has been training with Kettering Town this summer
Nathan Hicks has been training with Kettering Town this summer

Nathan Hicks looks set to be involved in Kettering Town’s first pre-season friendly of the summer at Rothwell Corinthians next Tuesday night.

The midfielder, who had a spell with the Poppies during the 2012-13 campaign which almost saw the club go out of business, has been training with the club since they reported back just under two weeks ago.

Hicks, who was with Corby Town last season while previously having a spell at Leamington, is one of “a few players” boss Marcus Law is running the rule over.

And the Kettering manager insists he has an “open book” approach when it comes to looking for additions to his squad.

The Poppies look set to retain the majority of last season’s squad, which just missed out on the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division play-offs although details of those who have been retained aren’t expected to be confirmed until they have been registered with the league.

Law said: “This summer has been primarily about trying to secure the majority of last season’s squad.

“We haven’t really gone chasing any new additions because we have a budget to stick to first and foremost. But we have had a few players who have come along with the aim of trying to earn a place in the squad.

“He’s (Hicks) made himself available and wants to give himself a go and he will feature in pre-season.

“I have no preconceptions about him whatsoever. It’s an open book.

“He is willing to come in and show what he can do and we will see how he gets on.”

Law, meanwhile, is expecting the Poppies’ preparations to gather momentum with players now returning from holidays ahead of the new campaign.

“It’s always nice to get back out on the pitch and I am sure the players will be looking forward to the first friendly,” he added.

“But I think our pre-season will really gather momentum after this week.

“A number of players are returning from holidays. They are lads who have their holidays governed by their jobs and families.”