Marcus Law piled the praise on Kettering Town defender Steve Kinniburgh after he reached a personal milestone at the weekend.
With James Brighton ruled out due to a shoulder injury, Kinniburgh was brought back into the Poppies’ starting line-up for what was his 100th appearance in a Kettering shirt on Saturday.
The Scot joined Kettering during the summer of 2013 and went on to captain the club to the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central play-off final under Dean Thomas.
He was the skipper again last season as the Poppies went one better and won the title.
Kinniburgh was retained by Law after he rejoined the club as manager this summer and his century of appearances was marked by Kettering picking up their first win of the Premier Division campaign as goals from Brett Solkhon, Elliot Sandy and Courtney Baker-Richardson secured a 3-2 success over Merthyr Town at Latimer Park.
Law paid tribute to the left-back and said: “It is a fantastic achievement for any player.
“But it’s even more impressive in this day and age where loyalty is very thin.
“Steve is an excellent pro, he has been there and he has plenty of know-how.
“He is working very hard to make the step up to this level and he is someone you can trust.”
The Poppies return to action tomorrow (Tuesday) night when they head to Leamington, who picked up their second win in three games with a 3-0 victory at Histon on Saturday.