Corby’s issues remain but Wright looks at the positives

Steelmen joint-boss Tommy Wright
Steelmen joint-boss Tommy Wright

Tommy Wright has conceded the problems behind the scenes at Corby Town “haven’t been solved by any means”.

But the Steelmen joint-manager has been reflecting on one of the main positives that has come out of the financial problems the club has faced in the last few weeks.

During a spell when senior players chose not to feature after not being paid their wages on time, 16-year-old Connor Kennedy was thrown in at the deep end for the Steelmen.

And the right-back hasn’t looked back since, becoming an instant hit with the Corby faithful after a string of impressive displays.

Wright confirmed following last night’s (Wednesday) 2-0 defeat to Calor League Premier Division play-off chasers Cambridge City that the backroom staff at Steel Park had now been paid.

But with another pay day looming next Friday, the joint-boss is remaining cautious.

Wright said: “I believe the backroom staff have been paid now.

“It has been a difficult situation, there are lads who have left the club who have not been paid.

“The problems behind the scenes haven’t been solved by any means and we are due to get paid again next Friday. We will have to see what happens.

“Every situation is hard but you have to take positives from the whole thing.

“You have lads like Connor Kennedy who has been given an opportunity and has absolutely embraced it, we have unearthed a little gem there at 16 years old.

“There are still problems behind the scenes but that is out of our hands.”

Wright reverted to a more familiar striking role against Cambridge having been forced to play at centre-half in recent matches following the departure of a number of players due to a cut in the playing budget.

He struck the crossbar, one of two occasions Corby hit the woodwork, and generally put in a good shift, which is something he intends to carry on doing.

The Steelmen head to Biggleswade Town on Saturday and Wright spoke of his pride following the display his team put in against Cambridge.

“I enjoyed it up front but I also enjoyed playing at the back last Saturday,” he added.

“I just want to play and wherever that is I will put in a shift and throw myself about.

“I am fighting on behalf of me and Stan (fellow boss Andrew Wilson) and on behalf of the club. I want us to finish the season well.

“It is frustrating that we are losing these games, which we feel would be winnable if we had the squad that we did have.

“But we were proud of every single lad who played for us against Cambridge. They were all a credit to the club.

“They played the way that Stan and I want to play our football. They have kept their chins up and teams who are on the sort of run that we are at the moment don’t come out and play like that.

“We still have good players here and we were unfortunate on Wednesday. But we will go again and will be ready for Saturday.”