Poppies bring in six new signings

Paul Caswell, pictured celebrating one of his goals for Stewarts & Lloyds last season, has signed for Kettering Town
Paul Caswell, pictured celebrating one of his goals for Stewarts & Lloyds last season, has signed for Kettering Town

Kettering Town have confirmed the arrival of six new signings as well as releasing their retained list for the forthcoming Southern League Division One Central campaign.

At the head of the list of those joining the Poppies is midfielder Ben Ford, who returned to the club during last season on loan from Nuneaton Town.

Ford was released by Nuneaton at the end of the last campaign and has now made his switch to Kettering permanent.

Boss Dean Thomas had already confirmed a deal had been done with Mark Hackett, who has joined from Stewarts & Lloyds, and he has been followed by team-mate Paul Caswell who was in prolific form for the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League side last season.

Another local player joining Kettering is Tom Mills, who was at Desborough Town during the last campaign while left-back Steve Kinniburgh has also signed having previously been at AFC Telford United and Bedford Town.

The final new signing is midfielder Andy Gooding who previously had spells at Rushden & Diamonds and Corby Town but is well known to Thomas having played under him at Hinckley United.

Of last season’s squad, goalkeeper Michael Quirked, defender Chris Logan and midfielders Aidan Bradshaw and Troy Johnston have all agreed terms for the new campaign while striker Jamie Griffiths is still contracted to the club.

The Poppies also offered terms to Dan Crowie and last season’s captain Nathan Hicks but both have told the club they intend to train elsewhere in pre-season.

Kettering are continuing work on bringing their proposed new home of Latimer Park in Burton Latimer up to Southern League standard in time for the new season.

And they are now asking all former and current sponsors, advertisers and supporters to contact the club to discuss financial help for the 2013-2014 campaign.

A statement from the club said: “We are currently formulating our offer to our patrons and wish to discuss with as many as possible the level of support we can get.

“The move to Latimer Park and running of a team – even at the level we are now at – is costly and all offers of support will be followed up.”

Anyone who wants to get in touch with the club should contact Ken Samuel by email ken.samuel@btinternet.com or by calling 07831 555975.