Paul Malone has signed a new one-year contract with Corby Town and has been named as the club’s new captain.
Having come up through the Steelmen youth system, Malone returned to the club in April last year and has since made 44 appearances, scoring eight goals.
He has taken on the captain’s armband from Phil Gulliver and it is also understand that the former captain is also staying at Steel Park for the new Blue Square Bet North campaign.
The news that Malone is staying is bound to please Corby fans and it means new boss Ian Sampson’s preparations for his first season in charge are now underway.
Earlier this week it was revealed that midfielder Lewis Webb is joining the Steelmen, although there has been no official confirmation from Corby.
But Malone is delighted to be staying and equally as happy to have been made captain.
He said: “I am very pleased to have signed for next season, I wanted to stay and am really looking forward to the new campaign.
“For me personally football is not about making as much money as you can, it is about playing at the highest level that you possibly can. Corby Town are a Blue Square North club, just two leagues away from the Football League.
“There were other clubs interested at lower levels, but I am an ambitious person and wanted to stay at this level and play for my hometown club.
“I have met with the new gaffer a few times so far, he is a really nice bloke and he certainly knows his stuff. He has great intentions for the club and likes his teams to play football in the right way.”
“Now is the right time for change, I think as a team we needed to get rid of some of the deadwood and bring in some fresh and hungry players.
“I am really looking forward to getting started in pre-season already.
“To be named the skipper for next season is a great honour, I feel very proud.
“I don’t believe that I have been named as the captain just because I am the only Corby lad in the team,
“I think that I have shown leadership with my performances on the pitch since I joined the club. I always wear my heart on my sleeve and have worked my socks off to get to where I am. “