Carvalho to leave the Steelmen

Wilson Carvalho will not be staying with Corby Town for their Vanaram National League North campaign
Wilson Carvalho will not be staying with Corby Town for their Vanaram National League North campaign

Tommy Wright has confirmed Wilson Carvalho is to leave Corby Town.

The winger struck 13 goals in all competitions last season as the Steelmen won the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division title to earn promotion to Vanarama National League North.

It is the second part of a double setback for Wright this week after he earlier revealed that influential midfielder Shane Byrne is also set for pastures new with Brackley Town likely to be his next destination.

The Corby boss revealed Carvalho’s decision to turn down a new offer with the club was down to personal reasons but insists he will “move on” as he continues to build his squad ahead of the new campaign.

“We made Wilson an offer but he has turned it down and will be leaving the club,” Wright said.

“The arrival of his first child is imminent and he wants to play closer to London, which is something I can understand.

“It’s disappointing because we wanted him to stay. He was one of those players who got better and better as last season progressed.

“I think he has hopes of playing at a higher level and he has made his decision.

“No players are bigger than the club, we have a budget to stick to and if players don’t want to be here then we have to move on and find the next group to help take us forward.”

Wright, meanwhile, believes the fact Cleveland Taylor, Connor Kennedy, Greg Mills, Spencer Weir-Daley, Paul Walker and Ben Milnes have all penned deals for next season is “good news for everyone”.

“It’s pens on paper and we are talking about contracts and not players being here on non-contract deals,” the Corby boss added.

“We kept the lads together last year because we were winning games.

“There seems to be a lot of big budgets around at the moment and the priority was always to keep as many players as I could.

“I think it’s a good thing for everyone. It shows a level of commitment from the club towards the lads and it will help us in keeping the boys here during the next season.

“For someone like Cleveland Taylor, I probably didn’t need to give him a contract because I know he would be with us anyway.

“But he is the captain of the football club and he deserves that bit of commitment back.”