Mills' aim remains the same despite Corby's switch of leagues

The Corby Town manager will be targeting promotion next season

Friday, 21st May 2021, 7:45 am
Corby Town manager Gary Mills. Picture by Peter Short

Gary Mills insists his main aim for Corby Town is still the same after their switch to the Northern Premier League Midlands division.

The Steelmen will start the 2021-22 season in new surroundings after they were moved from the Southern League to the NPL in this week’s FA restructuring of the non-League pyramid.

Mills is set to lead the club into it after he confirmed he had agreed a new two-year deal at Steel Park having seen his first season curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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In the early stages of the campaign, Mills led the Steelmen to the top of the Southern League Division One Central.

And while the new NPL Midlands division looks like being a tough one, the Corby boss insists his target remains the same.

“It’s not what we were expecting at the club, I’ve got to say,” Mills said.

“We thought we would still be in the Southern League, that’s what everything had been geared towards so it was a bit of a shock.

“I got a text to say we were in this Midlands division and when I saw the teams in it, I know I wasn’t the brightest at school, but I don’t see how Wisbech Town, Cambridge City and Soham Town Rangers become Midlands teams.

“It’s more like an east to west division rather than the Midlands.

“We are at the same level so, on that side of it, it’s no different for me.

“The league is what it is and you have to put a squad together to go and get out of it.

“I think, like everybody, you will be pleased to see you aren’t playing some teams and then you will look at some clubs who are now in the same league as us and maybe think it makes it a little bit tougher.

“But, to be honest, that’s all irrelevant to me. I am at Corby to get out of whatever league we are in. It just happens to be the Northern Premier League Midlands now.

“I will go and ply my trade against those sides and will try to get Corby out of it.”