COMMENT – A summer of change for Corby but ambitious Wright will be hungry for success

Tommy Wright has overseen a big rebuilding job at Corby Town this summer
Tommy Wright has overseen a big rebuilding job at Corby Town this summer

It’s been a summer of big change at Corby Town.

The club’s decisive relegation from the Vanarama National League North following a miserable campaign last time out, has sparked a change in direction for the Steelmen.

The vast majority of last term’s squad departed and it left boss Tommy Wright with a big rebuilding job to do over the past few months.

It’s a new era. Corby first-team have turned to daytime training in line with the club’s academy and it has resulted in what is, in the main, a young squad for the new season.

But that’s right up the manager’s street.

He’s been vocal in his preference of working with younger players who may have come out of the professional game and seeing if he can help them get back there while also bringing success to the Steelmen.

And he has certainly got an opportunity to do that in this new campaign.

The pre-season signs were, in general, fairly promising.

There already seems to be a good feeling around the whole club again, that’s not something that was always the case during the tough times of last season.

But, as Wright has admitted himself, they must be ready to go into the unknown.

The Steelmen were always planning for a move into the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division and, despite briefly being switched into the Southern League before moving back again during the summer, that’s what they have got.

It’s a new division for the club and, more importantly, for the manager.

Wright remains an ambitious man and while it may take a bit of time to finetune his new-look squad, there’s no way he will be going into the new surroundings just to make up the numbers.

In his short time as a manager, he’s pretty much seen it all.

His first full season at the helm resulted in a stunning title success in the Southern League but he then saw the dark side of the job as the Steelmen’s return to the National League North fell apart in a hurry.

Never one to shirk responsibility, Wright has now overseen a change of direction and philosophy for the club and he’ll be determined to get it right.

It won’t be easy, however. This Northern Premier League has gained a reputation of being of a particularly high standard and there are some big clubs who have been in the National League North in recent times themselves.

Quite what we can expect from the Steelmen remains to be seen.

When a club goes through such a big overhaul of the squad, the proof will always be in the pudding.

It may be wise not to expect too much too quickly.

But just seeing them getting back to winning some matches will be a good enough start after the misery of the previous campaign.

They won’t be at the top of everyone’s list when it comes to picking out those who may challenge for promotion.

But they weren’t two years ago before the start of that infamous Southern League season.

Something worth keeping in mind, perhaps?