Poppies and Diamonds swoop for new signings

Luke Graham has joined Kettering Town from Brackley Town
Luke Graham has joined Kettering Town from Brackley Town

Kettering Town and AFC Rushden & Diamonds have boosted their ranks ahead of this weekend’s Evo-Stik League South Premier Division Central.

The Poppies have snapped up defender Luke Graham from Brackley Town.

The central defender is the current academy director at Latimer Park and has now joined the first-team squad.

It marks a return to the club in a playing role after Graham made 130 appearances for Kettering when he first joined them back in 2005.

He was a member of the Poppies squad that won the National League North title in 2008 and went on to play for the likes of Alfreton Town, Mansfield Town, Forest Green Rovers and York City.

Graham will be available for Kettering’s trip to Alvechurch tomorrow (Saturday).

Diamonds, meanwhile have also welcomed back a familiar face after they signed attacking midfielder Declan Rogers who will be in line to face his former club St Ives Town at Hayden Road this weekend.

Rogers played 18 games for Diamonds towards the end of the 2014-15 season, scoring eight goals during the United Counties League Premier Division title run-in.

He has since played for the likes of Wisbech Town, Peterborough Northern Star and Eynesbury Rovers.