Poppies snap up Joseph and Tricks

Poppies boss Dean Thomas
Poppies boss Dean Thomas

Kettering Town have signed striker Kieren Joseph and winger James Tricks.

And Poppies boss Dean Thomas has confirmed he will be offering a deal to former Kettering defender Brad Piercewright, who played in the 1-0 friendly success at Brantham Athletic on Saturday.

Jospeh scored twice in last week’s 5-0 success at Harborough Town and featured again at the weekend while Tricks, who was recently with Fakenham Town, has also been snapped up having impressed the Poppies manager.

Ahead of the weekend, the club also revealed that goalkeeper Jamie McAlindon has also been registered for the Calor League Division One Central campaign.

Thomas said: “It is pleasing to get Kieren and James on board.

“I want us to have plenty of pace in the team this season and that is something they offer along with the other attacking players we have in the squad.

“James is a young lad who can play on either wing. He has a lot of energy and he is very direct in what he does.

“There is lots for him to learn but he will do that and I think he can be a real asset for us.”

Piercewright was part of the Kettering team that won the Dr Martens League Premier Division title back under Carl Shutt back in 2002.

He went on to play for Thomas at Hinckley United as well as having spells at Rothwell Town and Stamford having had Football League experience with Queens Park Rangers and Northampton Town.

And Thomas believes his experience could prove vital, should he agree to re-join the Poppies nearly 10 years after leaving the club.

“Brad is a player we need in my opinion,” the Kettering boss added.

“He has trained with us but has been away for a couple of weeks so Saturday was the first chance we had to see him and he did brilliantly in the centre of defence with Dave Deeney.

“Hopefully we can sort something out. It’s not about the money with Brad. He wants to play here, he knows the club and we will definitely be offering him a deal.

Thomas has also confirmed the Poppies have now switched a number of friendlies to away matches as work continues on the pitch at their new Latimer Park home.

They had been due to play landlords Burton Park Wanderers on Friday night but will now travel to Banbury United instead before heading to Huntingdon Town next Monday.

The friendlies with Spalding (August 3) and Stamford (August 10) will now be played away from home while Thomas also revealed the club hope to play that game with Burton on Thursday, August 8 although that is still to be confirmed.

Club owner Ritchie Jeune, meanwhile, revealed on Twitter that the club’s winding up petition hearing with Rushden & Diamonds (2008) Ltd today has been adjourned until August 19.

A club statement then followed, saying: “The winding up petition taken on by Rushden and Diamonds (2008) Limited against Kettering Town FC Management Limited has today been adjourned until August 19 to give more time for both parties to agree a settlement.”