Connor Kennedy is staying on at Corby Town after extending his deal with the club.
The youngster burst onto the scene at the end of the 2013-14 campaign and then played a key role in the Steelmen’s brilliant Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division title success in the following season.
But the young full-back spent time on loan at Daventry Town and then AFC Rushden & Diamonds, whom he helped reach the Division One Central play-off final, during last season as Corby struggled in the Vanarama National League North.
As the campaign ended in relegation, Corby are now gearing up for another season in the Southern League.
And boss Tommy Wright is keen for Kennedy to rediscover the form that made him one of the success stories during the title-winning season.
Wright said: “I am keen to get him (Kennedy) playing to the levels we saw throughout the 2014-15 season and put last season down as a learning curve, which will be vital in his development as a footballer.
“We thank Rushden and also Daventry for giving him game time and I know Connor will be eager to make up for lost time for his hometown club next season.
“I have so much belief in Connor to get another chance at a Football League club after he was so close to securing a move to Premier League champions Leicester City just over a year ago.”
Wright is still expecting to make further additions to his squad over the coming days with striker Callum Ball likely to be the next to put pen to paper.