Key signing for Steelmen as Arber arrives

Mark Arber has signed for Corby Town in a player-coach role
Mark Arber has signed for Corby Town in a player-coach role

Chris Plummer has pulled off one his key signings of the summer after he confirmed experienced central defender Mark Arber has joined Corby Town in a player-coach role.

Arber, who has well over 500 Football League appearances under his belt, was with Conference side Dartford last season.

The 35-year-old made 38 appearances for the Darts but has now joined the Steelmen for their Southern League Premier Division campaign.

Plummer played alongside Arber, who also lists Barnet and Dagenham & Redbridge amongst his former clubs, during their time together at Peterborough United.

And the Steelmen manager knows his latest signing will add some much-needed experience to his squad.

“I am delighted Mark has joined us,” Plummer said.

“He is coming here in a player-coach role as he is working towards a UEFA A Licence.

“I have kept in touch with him since we played together at Posh and he has an incredible amount of experience, which was something that was so clearly missing last season.

“He will add a lot to the coaching team and he will be a massive presence for us on the pitch.

“We have kept Gareth Jelleyman and signed Chris Carruthers and now Mark and these are experienced players who will be important to us.”

Ryan Semple, meanwhile, has joined Bury Town having enjoyed an impressive season with Corby in the Conference North.

The winger hit 11 goals in all competitions and has now joined the club he turned down in favour of Corby last summer.

And Plummer was disappointed to see one of his better players of last season depart.

“That is a bit of bad news for us because we wanted Ryan to stay,” the Corby boss added.

“It looked like he was going to sign up for us again but then Bury came in with a huge offer that he simply couldn’t turn down.

“It is a blow for us but we will keep looking around for new players and hopefully within all of those we can find a suitable replacement.”

The Steelmen will report back for pre-season training on Monday evening.