Tommy Wright says Ashley Sammons had been on the Corby Town radar for a number of months before he became their first new signing of the summer.
The midfielder, who began his career at Birmingham City, hit 20 goals for Redditch United in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division last season.
Wright was delighted to make Sammons his first new arrival at Steel Park ahead of the Vanarama National League North campaign while he was also pleased to get full-back Kalern Thomas back on board after a busy weekend of transfer activity.
“The fact Ashley scored 20 goals from midfield speaks volumes, players like that are not easy to find,” the Steelmen boss said.
“To be honest, he has been on our radar for 18 months now and we are delighted to have finally brought him to the club.
“He is a great lad, he will pose a big threat and he fits into what we want here.
“I know what Kalern brings to the squad, he will never get beaten in a one-on-one situation because of his athleticism and, even in the league above, I think he will be one of the quickest players in the division.
“He has been with me pretty much from the start and he is versatile because he can play at right-back or left-back. We know what we will get from him.”
There was one sore point for Wright after he confirmed left-back Stephan Morley is set to sign for fellow Northamptonshire side Brackley Town, the club the Corby manager also believes midfielder Shane Byrne is destined to join.
Brackley and the Steelmen will be league rivals next season and Wright admitted losing Morley will be a “blow” particularly after the Steelmen boss revealed he had “shaken hands” with the defender on a deal for the new season.
“It’s a blow to lose Stephan because he is a good left back,” Wright added.
“But it is similar to the Shane Byrne situation because if you are made an offer that’s too good to refuse then you have to take a serious look at it.
“I have said before that in football nothing is certain until it’s on paper. If you are that kind of person who can shake someone’s hand and then change your mind then it’s your choice.
“I certainly don’t think I could ever be accused of that but, like anything, we have to move on.”