Malone: New project is under way at Corby

Paul Malone
Paul Malone

Corby Town skipper Paul Malone believes a “nice little project” is under way at Steel Park.

Malone has stayed on with the Steelmen under a new regime both on and off the pitch and was named the new club captain after agreeing a deal earlier in the summer.

Since then, manager Ian Sampson has begun the task of building a new squad for the Blue Square Bet North campaign, which starts with a home clash against Vauxhall Motors on August 18.

And Malone believes the vast changes at the club can only be a good thing.

“It has been good to be back in pre-season training,” the Corby skipper said.

“A nice little project has begun at the club and everyone will be trying to achieve the goal of making sure we do well next season.

“The gaffer has not set any targets yet but I am sure those will come as pre-season goes on.

“But it has been good to be back and there already seems to be a good mixture of young players and experienced pros, which is what I think the manager wants.

“It has been very competitive in training and there seems to be a good vibe amongst the management team and the players at the moment.

“Clearly there had to be changes over the summer and the main thing for me is stability.

“Over the past two seasons, we have done well up until Christmas and then the budget has had to be cut.

“People don’t forget that and I think the new chairman (Kevin Ingram) and committee just want some stability for this season.

“Everyone knows the playing budget isn’t as big as it was for the start of last season and a lot of players have left.

“But we only survived on the last day of last season because of other results going for us. Is a big turnaround in players a bad thing? I don’t know.

“The new manager will have his own way of doing things and his own style of play. And it will be up to us to carry that out on the pitch.”

The Steelmen will play their first pre-season friendly at Harborough Town on Wednesday night (7.45pm kick-off) before facing Northampton Town at Steel Park on Saturday (3pm).