Kinniburgh wants star man Crawford to progress at Corby

Jordon Crawford has enjoyed an outstanding season at Corby Town
Jordon Crawford has enjoyed an outstanding season at Corby Town

Steve Kinniburgh insists it will do Jordon Crawford “the world of good” to stay at Corby Town for at least one more season.

The 21-year-old has been the outstanding performer in a season full of ups and downs at Steel Park.

And that was acknowledged when he was named the Evo-Stik League South’s young player of the year at the annual awards in Barnsley last weekend.

Crawford currently leads the Steelmen’s goalscoring charts for this season with 14 goals to his name, the latest of which came in last Saturday’s 4-2 success at Newcastle Town.

But his accolade at the league’s awards ceremony on Sunday will, no doubt, mean he attracts some attention from other clubs during the summer.

However, Corby boss Kinniburgh believes Steel Park is the perfect place for Crawford to continue his development.

And he wants the youngster to stay on to be a big part of what he hopes will be a promotion push next season.

“We look at Jordon in the bigger picture,” Kinniburgh said.

“He has only just turned 21 and if you are going to be fair about it, you would have to say that this has been his breakthrough season.

“Coming into this season, he was one of those players who everyone was expecting to step up and get his career started and he has done that.

“And there is no doubt that he has started building himself a very promising career indeed.

“He has proven himself by playing over 40 senior games and he certainly has the potential to go forward from here.

“I don’t think it’s going to do him any harm at all to stay on at his hometown club for at least one more season and progress with us here.

“I have made it clear that I want to be challenging for promotion next season and Jordon is going to be a big part of that.

“In me, I think he has someone who trusts him and gives him all the tools he needs to go and express himself and enjoy his football.

“He is a player who has plenty of potential but I truly believe it will do him the world of good to stay where he is and be part of the project we are doing at Corby."