Wright adds Marshall and Johnson to his Steelmen squad

Andre Johnson will be back in Corby Town colours next season after he rejoined the club
Andre Johnson will be back in Corby Town colours next season after he rejoined the club
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Tommy Wright has completed two more signings as he continues a summer rebuilding job at Corby Town.

Striker Andre Johnson, who had a spell with the club during last season, has returned to Steel Park while local lad Liam Marshall has agreed a new deal having finished the last campaign in Corby colours.

The Steelmen return for pre-season training at the start of next month as the preparations for an Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division get under way.

Wright has been busy over the past few weeks as he puts together a squad that will train full-time during the new season.

And the Corby boss insists Johnson “ticks all the boxes” for his attacking options while he expects to “bring out the best” of central defender Marshall.

The Steelmen manager said: “I’ve spoke to many strikers this summer - players that would have been very high profile, dropping from League Two or the Conference Premier clubs but they didn’t feel right.

“There are also players in lower leagues banging goals in for fun.

“Andre is a player I was excited about last season when he agreed to come here but even more so now in a full-time environment with a pre-season behind him.

“If I was describing the sort of striker I wanted to partner Callum Ball I would want a goalscorer who is quick, has a great attitude and good work ethic.

“Andre scored lots of goals in the youth sides at Derby County and followed that up at Worksop Town.

“He ticks all boxes in my eyes. He’s a player that I have seen enough from in training sessions that he can be a very good player for this football club and resurrect his career.

“He now needs to go and prove that to the supporters and prove to me that I was right bringing him back but wrong letting him go last season.

“He’s still only 20 years old and there’s so much to come from him.

“Liam Marshall is another local lad joining Connor Kennedy and Danny Draper. It’s great to see local lads representing the club.

“They will have a lot of pressure on young shoulders and rightly so. If they are good enough then they are old enough.

“Liam is relishing the opportunity of bringing success back to the town.

“Myself, Cleves (assistant-manager Cleveland Taylor) and Clarkey (goalkeeper coach David Clarke) have been discussing lots of options and we still have many.

“There’s lots of question marks still over certain players but not Liam. We will bring the best out of him this season and he will go from strength-to-strength.”