Donkin now a long-term ‘project’ for Corby

Corby Town boss Tommy Wright and assistant-manager David Clarke
Corby Town boss Tommy Wright and assistant-manager David Clarke

Tommy Wright says Sam Donkin is now the “long-term” goalkeeping prospect for Corby Town.

Paul Walker is set to leave the Steelmen on loan having been the number one at Steel Park for a number of seasons.

Boss Wright brought in Harry Burgoyne on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers at the end of last week and the 18-year-old made his debut in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Boston United, which sent Corby back into the bottom three of the Vanarama National League North.

And Wright now says Donkin is a “project” for his assistant-manager David Clarke, who was at York Street on Saturday despite his ongoing battle with leukaemia.

“Paul remains a Corby player but we will be looking to loan him out,” Wright said.

“Myself and Dave sat down and looked at it and we felt now was the time to make a change.

“Harry came in and he is a completely different goalkeeper. He is highly-rated and he did well in his first game.

“Sam Donkin is now seen as the long-term goalkeeper here and he is a project for Dave to work on.”

There was another surprise on the Corby team sheet at the weekend as Paul Malone was named on the substitutes’ bench having had just 90 minutes of football following his recovery from a double leg break, which ruled him out for nine months.

Malone was thrown on late in the game at Boston as a striker as the Steelmen chased an equaliser.

Wright explained: “I genuinely didn’t think Molly would be ready for the bench but we had the conversation on Friday and I needed some defensive cover.

“The question was whether he could contribute and I believe he can.

“He came on for the last five minutes to help us chase the game in an attacking role. That will be a real boost for him.

“He still needs more football and we have another game organised for him on November 23 against Kettering Town’s under-21 side and hopefully that will be a further 90 minutes under his belt.”

The Steelmen return to action when they travel to Stalybridge Celtic tomorrow (Tuesday) night with Wright already sweating on the fitness of defender Ben O’Hanlon (hamstring) and midfielder Ben Milnes (calf).