Elliot Sandy insists his heart was always set on staying at Kettering Town for the forthcoming Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign.
The frontman confirmed last week that he has agreed a deal in principle to be part of what is set to be a new-look Poppies squad under manager Marcus Law.
Sandy hit 16 goals as Kettering romped to the Division One Central title last season.
And, despite interest from other clubs and members of that championship-winning squad choosing to depart, he insists he never had any plans to leave Latimer Park.
“We had the meeting with the new manager and I had a good chat with him about his plans for the club,” Sandy said.
“He knows me as a player, even though I have never played under him.
“I liked what he had to say and I am delighted we could agree something in principle because I always wanted to stay here.
“I did have phone calls from other clubs but my heart was always set on staying at Kettering.
“In my head, I was never leaving so it was just a matter of trying to get something sorted out.”
Sandy’s decision to stay on was quickly followed by the news that Gary Mulligan had also agreed terms with the Poppies.
With Brett Solkhon, who played under Law in his previous stint with the club, having already stated that the new manager’s appointment had only strengthened his desire to stay, Sandy believes a “good core group” is already in place ahead of the inevitable influx of fresh faces.
“I am good friends with Gary and Brett and we have played together at this level (with Brackley Town) and the one above it and been successful,” Sandy added.
“With us there, the new manager has a good core group and I am sure that with his contacts and players he knows, he will be adding to that very soon.
“There is certainly no need to panic. I know the fans want to see the names coming in but there is plenty of time yet.”
Read more from Elliot Sandy in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph