Poppies 'in the hunt' to snap up striker Rhead

Paul Cox has admitted he would “absolutely” like to bring striker Matt Rhead to Kettering Town.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 7:15 am
Matt Rhead, pictured during his time at Mansfield Town, is a transfer target for Kettering Town boss Paul Cox

The rumour mill has been rolling since the Poppies boss revealed a frontman was at the top of his list as he bids to add another player or two to his squad for the Vanarama National League North run-in.

Rhead, who had a spell with Corby Town before playing under Cox in Mansfield Town’s title-winning team in what is now the National League, is a free agent at present after he left Billericay Town in October last year.

With Cox having worked closely with the 35-year-old in the past, Rhead’s name is one that has been mentioned regularly amongst the Poppies fanbase since his departure from Billiericay.

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And the Kettering manager believes they are “in the hunt” to snap up the big centre-forward, although Cox admitted they are probably part of a long queue of clubs.

When asked whether about Rhead after the Poppies’ 3-0 win over Brackley Town in the semi-final of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup at Latimer Park last night, Cox said: “Matt’s always going to be on the radar because of my relationship with him.

“I had Matt from a really young age and I have never been too far away from him. I get along, not just with him, but with his family.

“He hasn’t got a club at the minute. Would we like to sign him? Absolutely. Have I tried to sign him? Absolutely.

“Matt has still got a lot of Football League clubs who are monitoring him and I am really respectful because I know he still has ambitions to play at that level.

“It’s one of those things where we just have to be patient and I am sure Matt will make a right decision.

“But if we were to get him we would be getting a marquee centre-forward but everyone is after one of those!

“There are a lot of people with a lot more healthier budgets who are probably first in line.

“I have been in contact with him on a week-to-week basis ever since he left Billericay.

“It would be great to sign him, I think he would excite the Kettering fans this season and next.

“But I think there will be a massive queue of clubs looking to get him signed up.

“We are in the hunt and I think that’s a positive thing for this football club.”