Poppies move for midfielder Curtis

Kettering Town have signed midfielder Joe Curtis
Kettering Town have signed midfielder Joe Curtis

Joint-boss Thomas Baillie believes the addition of midfielder Joe Curtis provides Kettering Town with “another good option”.

The 21-year-old will be in the Poppies squad for their Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central clash with AFC Hayes at Latimer Park tomorrow (Saturday) after completing his move earlier today.

Curtis was with Barclays Premier League Southampton, where he signed a professional contract, before getting suffering a ligament injury.

He has since returned to the local area and has featured for Stamford and Brackley Town this season.

And, following to departure of Claudiu Hoban to Corby Town this week as well as Jon Bukasa joining Sileby Rangers on a dual registration, Baillie was pleased to add another body to his title-chasing squad.

“Joe was at Southampton for five years and in that time he had a two-year youth contract and a two-year professional contract,” he said.

“But he got injured and he has come back to the local area to play here.

“I happened to go to a game a couple of weeks ago and saw him and I have known his dad for a long time.

“When any player comes in it freshens things up a little bit and it always helps.

“Joe is only 21 and you don’t get a two-year professional contract at a Premier League club without being a good footballer. He is a creative and attacking midfielder.

“He will give us another good option, he has looked good in training and after some movements this week, it’s good to get another player in.”