Batteries are recharged as Steelmen get ready to report back

Tommy Wright is feeling refreshed as the Corby Town boss prepares to bring his players back for pre-season training this weekend
Tommy Wright is feeling refreshed as the Corby Town boss prepares to bring his players back for pre-season training this weekend

With Corby Town’s relegation from the Vanarama National League North now being a distant memory, boss Tommy Wright insists he is “chomping at the bit” to get back to work with his new-look squad.

By his own admission, Wright insists the latter stages of last season were “not particularly enjoyable” as the Steelmen’s first season back at that level ended in bitter disappointment.

But, two months on, Wright is ready to bring his players back in for pre-season training this weekend as the preparations for a campaign in the new surroundings of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division get under way.

It will be a new-look squad with a total of 12 now having put pen to paper along with the manager and assistant-boss Cleveland Taylor, who will both have roles to play on the pitch at some stage.

It’s a new era for the club with daytime training set to be introduced for the first-team.

Wright expects to add at least one or two more to his squad while a number of the club’s youngsters will also be registered.

But his main focus for now is to get his players back in the swing of things.

The Steelmen boss said: “There will be some of the youngsters to add to it and then we are looking at one or two more to finish it off.

“I am sure there will be a couple of trialists that we will have a look at during pre-season and there may even be a surprise or two to come as well but we will keep looking around.

“I am really looking forward to getting back to it now. It was a bad end to last season and the last three months of it were long and not particularly enjoyable.

“But I have had a couple of months off to recharge the batteries and now I am chomping at the bit.

“I think I will have a group of players who really want to try to achieve something.

“It will be a young squad but I am not concerned about the inexperience. They are hungry and will be ready to play.”

Wright completed his latest signing earlier this week when 6ft 5in central defender Oneil Odofin joined the club.

The 20-year-old had previously been with Torquay United and also earned himself a trial with last season’s Championship champions Burnley earlier this year.

“Oneil came highly recommended to me by people who haven’t let me down before,” Wright added.

“He’s strong, quick and can play so it’s everything I want from a centre-half.

“On top of that, he is 6ft 5in tall and he’s young and hungry.

“He seems to me to be the real deal and I am sure he will come here and make an impact.”