Peaks delighted to get Herbert on board at Diamonds

Andy Peaks has added Courtney Herbert to his AFC Rushden & Diamonds squad
Andy Peaks has added Courtney Herbert to his AFC Rushden & Diamonds squad

Andy Peaks has praised Courtney Herbert for his attitude during pre-season after he completed his move to AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

The 26-year-old striker put pen to paper before Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw at Northampton Spencer.

And Peaks could also complete the signing of Steve Spriggs in the next couple of days.

The ex-Kings Lynn winger was Diamonds’ best player in the hard-fought draw at Kingsthorpe Mill.

That followed a 2-0 win at Rushden & Higham in the opening pre-season friendly last weekend when Herbert netted within 40 seconds of coming on at half-time.

Herbert, who made 34 appearances for the Northampton Town during a two-year spell at Sixfields, joins Diamonds after spending last season at Cogenhoe United.

And Peaks said: “Courtney spoke to me at the end of last season and since he’s been here, he’s really worked his socks off.

“He has been a real threat and his attitude has been first class.

“He has pace to burn and scores goals. With Tommy Berwick and Tom Lorraine already here, we now have a lot of goalscorers in the team – and that’s what I wanted.

“I think Courtney is excited by the ambition of the club. He can see we want to kick on and he wants to be a part of it.”

Kieran Fitzgerald has also featured in Diamonds’ opening pre-season friendlies and Peaks is keen to have another look at him before deciding whether to offer the ex-Cobblers youngster a deal.

Fitzgerald looks sure to feature in the pre-season friendly at Enfield Town on Saturday.

The North Londoners play in the Ryman Premier Division.

And Peaks added: “We had to roll our sleeves up at Spencer and this will be a very different sort of game.

“The idea of the pre-season is to get the players playing different sorts of teams in different surroundings.

“We want them to experience a bit of everything, so they are ready for whatever happens this season.”