Wright to wait and see on Byrne’s long-term future

Steelmen boss Tommy Wright
Steelmen boss Tommy Wright

Tommy Wright insists it will be a case of “wait and see” when it comes to the long-term future of new midfielder Shane Byrne.

The former Leicester City youngster, who also represented the Republic of Ireland at under-17 and under-19 level, made his debut for the Steelmen in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Cirencester Town, which maintained their unbeaten start to the Southern League Premier Division season.

Byrne had been made to wait for his first appearance for the club as they have been awaiting international clearance after he was with Irish club Bray Wanderers last season.

And while boss Wright was delighted to finally have the midfielder on board, he believes there are no guarantees about the length of time he will be at Steel Park.

He said: “I really rate Shane, he is a good footballer. I thought he did well on Saturday but it was a difficult game for everyone with the windy conditions.

“We will have to see what happens because a lot of clubs have shown interest in him.

“I am sure he will be with us for a while because he wanted to come here. Obviously, I would like to keep him but we will have to see how things pan out.”

Corby, meanwhile, are set to have the experienced Cleveland Taylor back in their squad for Wednesday’s home clash with Arlesey Town.

Taylor missed the first week of the season due to personal reasons and Wright also confirmed that summer signing Spencer Weir-Daley is closing in on a return after suffering a shoulder injury during pre-season.

“We still have Cleveland to come back into it and Spencer is getting closer,” the Corby manager added.

“He trained on Thursday and was moving freely and scoring goals.

“I trust him because he is an experienced lad. He knows his own body and when he tells me he is ready to come back then that will be when it happens.”