Wright’s delight at Weir-Daley’s Steelmen switch

Spencer Weir-Daley will be in Corby Town colours next season, much to the delight of manager Tommy Wright
Spencer Weir-Daley will be in Corby Town colours next season, much to the delight of manager Tommy Wright

Tommy Wright believes Spencer Weir-Daley has “all the qualities a striker needs” after he became Corby Town’s latest summer signing.

The frontman has penned a one-year deal at Steel Park for the forthcoming Southern League Premier Division campaign after his contract with Boston United expired at the end of last season.

With a wealth of experience and a record of 66 goals in 176 games for the Pilgrims behind him, Weir-Daley was Wright’s number one transfer target ahead of the new season.

And the Steelmen boss, who brings his players back for pre-season training on Thursday this week, admitted he always felt there was a “good chance” his pursuit of the striker would come off.

“I am delighted to have got Spencer on board,” Wright said.

“I did speak to other strikers but I made clear to him from the start that he was the one I was holding out for.

“I always thought we had a good chance of it coming off. I felt I sold the club well to him and he knows a couple of the boys who are already here.

“I said last week that I wanted a striker I could build the team around and Spencer is just that. He has all the qualities a striker needs. He can provide goals for others and score plenty himself.

“I think, with Greg Mills and Cleveland Taylor already on board, our frontline looks strong.”

The Steelmen, meanwhile, have confirmed they will take on a Leeds United XI in a pre-season friendly at Steel Park on Wednesday, July 23 (7.45pm).

The game comes 24 hours after Corby head to AFC Rushden & Diamonds, not that Wright sees that as a problem.

“I played for (new Leeds manager) Dave Hockaday at Forest Green so as soon as he got the job I was straight on the phone to him about it,” he added.

“It’s brilliant that they will send a team down to play us. Obviously it means we will have two friendlies in 24 hours because we go to AFC Rushden on the Tuesday.

“But that will be a help rather than a hindrance because it means I will be able to split the squad and give the lads more minutes.”

Find more Steelmen news in Thursday’s Corby Telegraph