Poppies swoop for Thorpe and Emery

Wes Emery has signed for Kettering Town
Wes Emery has signed for Kettering Town

Kettering Town have boosted their ranks after agreeing deals with Jonathon Thorpe and Wes Emery.

Kettering manager Dean Thomas completed the double swoop on Thursday night as he prepares to welcome his players back for pre-season training on Tuesday night following a big week for the club, which saw Ritchie Jeune complete his takeover from previous owner Imraan Ladak.

Twenty-year-old utility player Thorpe joins Kettering having made 43 appearances for Cambridge United in the Conference while also having a loan spell at Tamworth.

Thorpe is about to start a three-year course at Loughborough University and has been seeking part-time football, which Kettering boss Thomas can offer him.

Midfielder Emery has joined the Poppies following spells at Aston Villa, Northampton Town, Banbury and Daventry Town.

However, there has been one departure from the club with frontman Jamie Griffiths asking for his contract to be terminated so he can find a club nearer to his home in Suffolk. Kettering have agreed to release him from his current deal.

Thomas said: “I would say that Jonathon coming in is probably our biggest signing so far.

“He has played all of his football in the Conference and, even though he is only 20, he has an incredible amount of experience.

“He is fit, he is mobile and he is versatile, which will be massive for us. He is starting a degree at Loughborough University so what we can offer suits him.

“I know his family well and he wants to play games and win things. That’s why he is here.

“Wes has played at a professional club before and has been around the non-League scene. He wants to get himself back on track and hopefully we can give him a good pre-season. There is no doubt he has the ability to do well.

“With Jamie, the logistics just didn’t make sense. He has a job that doesn’t fit in with our training times and he lives further away.

“It makes sense for everyone that he finds himself a club nearer to his home and I am sure he will do that.

“He showed at times last season that he is a good player and we thank him for what he has done for us and wish him well for the future.”

Thomas is set to cast his eye over 25 trialists in a special game that has been organised for tomorrow (Saturday) as he looks to put the finishing touches to his squad.

“We have had a lot of players who have written to us asking for a chance and it is important we give them that opportunity,” the Poppies boss added.

“We have lads who are local and some who are travelling from further afield.

“We will have a good look at them and the better ones will be invited to come in and train with us from next week.

“I am happy with the way the squad is coming together. But we need to have players who can deal with the demands that the division we are in throws up.

“And we need players who can deal with the expectation. There will be pressure on us to have a good season and we need lads who can handle that pressure.”

The Poppies, meanwhile, have said immediate discussions with the landlords at Nene Park, regarding the winding up order and monies due, have been “very positive”.

The club will also be selling season tickets in the Newlands Centre between 10am and 2pm tomorrow.