Poppies only want committed players, says Rolls

New Manager :Irthlingborough: Kettering Town FC's George Rolls - chairman'Tuesday 19th June 2012
New Manager :Irthlingborough: Kettering Town FC's George Rolls - chairman'Tuesday 19th June 2012

Kettering Town only want players who are “committed to the cause” ahead of their Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign, according to acting chairman George Rolls.

The Poppies are having to go through a massive transitional period this summer as they gear up for a new era following a double demotion after they entered a Company Voluntary Arrangement to clear their debts of £1.2m.

John Beck is set to hold trial matches over the coming weekend as he begins the process of putting together a squad virtually from scratch.

The Poppies were hit by the news that Dan Quigley has joined King’s Lynn Town, having previously agreed to sign for Kettering while Warren Byerley’s proposed move from Weymouth is yet to be completed.

Rolls revealed on Monday that former Torquay United central defender Ed Palmer is joining for the new campaign.

And, following Quigley’s u-turn, Rolls insists the club will only welcome players who are ready to give their all for the club.

“We signed a pre-contract agreement with Dan Quigley at the end of last season,” he said.

“But he came to us and said that King’s Lynn could offer him similar money to play part-time so it meant he could carry on his job as painter and decorator.

“We could have made life hard for him but we agreed.

“We only want players who are committed to the cause at Kettering.

“I believe Dan has made a mistake because I think he could have really made a name for himself here as a full-time footballer. But he has chosen another option and we wish him well.”

Rolls, meanwhile, has confirmed terms have been “agreed” with Byerley and he insists it would be right for Kettering to pay back the £2,000 loan Weymouth spent on the striker’s knee operation should the deal go through.

However, he insists he will not go into details about any player’s contract after reports in the south-west suggested Byerley will be earning £600-a-week at Nene Park.

“We are a full-time club so it goes without saying that we will be paying full-time wages,” Rolls added.

“I wouldn’t believe every figure you hear but, at the same time, strikers who score goals don’t grow on trees.

“Warren has shown he can score goals and we have agreed terms with him.

“We are waiting on a couple of things from Weymouth’s end and there is also the situation with the money they paid for his operation. It would only be right for us to deal with that.”

Rolls has been charged with over 3,000 breaches of the Football Association’s betting rules as well as three misconduct charges. They are due to be addressed at an independent regulatory commission next Wednesday.