Youthful Steelmen side to open up pre-season programme

Corby Town manager Tommy Wright
Corby Town manager Tommy Wright

Tommy Wright has confirmed he will take a youthful Corby Town side to take on a Newcastle United academy team in the club’s opening pre-season friendly next week.

The Steelmen first-team squad report back for pre-season training on Saturday as their preparations for the new Vanarama National League North campaign get under way.

The trip to Newcastle next Tuesday opens the friendly programme but Wright revealed he will be holding back the majority of his first-team squad for the clash at Oadby Town on July 14.

“It’s going to be an under-23 side that we take up to Newcastle,” the Steelmen boss said.

“The likes of Sam Donkin, Connor Kennedy, Danny Draper, Kalern Thomas, Curtis Hartley, Ashley Sammons, Ben Milnes and Greg Mills will all feature.

“But, in general, I want to hold the first-team players back and their first game will be at Oadby a week on Tuesday.”

One player who will report back slightly later than the rest will be defender Paul Malone, who is continuing his rehabilitation from the double leg break he suffered during the 5-1 win over Weymouth back in February as Corby went on the march towards their memorable Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division title success.

But Wright confirmed the popular centre-half is progressing well.

“Paul seems to be happy enough, which is great,” the Corby manager added.

“He has been sending me videos of the work he has been doing and I think he is progressing quicker than even he thought he would.

“He will be linking up with us once he is back from holiday but just having him amongst the lads doing anything will be a big bonus.

“We will help him along but we also have to be realistic because rehabilitation work is one thing, getting back out there and playing will take time.”

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