Plummer moves to defend Steelmen striker McKenzie

Leon McKenzie
Leon McKenzie

Chris Plummer has leapt to the defence of Leon McKenzie as the experienced Corby Town striker continues to travel around the country to promote his autobiography.

McKenzie has been visiting some of his former clubs for book signing sessions following the release of his publication ‘My Fight With Life’.

And he is set to miss the Steelmen’s remaining games in December while Plummer also confirmed McKenzie is looking to launch a boxing career in the new year.

But the Corby boss insists the club were fully aware of the situation and he also moved to dispel a number of rumours that have been doing the rounds on the terraces at Steel Park.

“To be honest, when Leon first came in during the summer it was becase he knew Ian Sampson and I had a chat with him when Sammo left the club,” Plummer said.

“We were fully aware that he had other commitments. Leon isn’t under contract, despite some of the rumours that have gone around.

“He isn’t on big money either. He is a top guy and he even took a slight pay cut as well. There are other players who are on more money than him.

“He has done well for us and at the moment he is pursuing his book signings and we were fully aware this was coming.

“He is also looking at doing something in boxing in the new year and, again, we knew about it.

“He has been in and around the place and when he has come on in matches, he has made a big difference.

“I know there has been a lot of talk amongst the supporters so hopefully this puts all that to rest. He isn’t on a fortune and we don’t pay him when he isn’t here.

“We brought Liam Hughes in on loan knowing this was going to happen and we have no problems with Leon at all.

“I am not sure when he will be back and we may not see him again until he has done his boxing.”

Plummer, meanwhile, believes he and the Corby players can be proud of what they have achieved in the last three months. But he insists there is still much more for him and his squad to learn.

“It was strange on Saturday (after the 5-3 win over Hinckley) because the flatness of it made it feel like a defeat,” he added.

“But we have got to be pleased with what we have done between September and this point.

“Yes, we still need to improve. We are a young bunch and we are all still learning the game.

“We need to learn a bit quicker but we are still in there and winning football matches so that is a big positive for us.”