Sampson all set to complete Steelmen squad

Nat Wedderburn is set to sign for Corby Town after playing in the 3-1 win over a Birmingham City XI
Nat Wedderburn is set to sign for Corby Town after playing in the 3-1 win over a Birmingham City XI

Ian Sampson is set to put the finishing touches to his Corby Town squad after they completed an unbeaten pre-season programme.

The Steelmen turned in an impressive display in front of a crowd of 469 as goals from Leon McKenzie, Avelino Vieira and Josh Moreman completed a 3-1 victory over a Birmingham City XI at Steel Park ahead of the Blue Square Bet North opener against Vauxhall Motors on Saturday.

Former Northampton Town midfielder Nat Wedderburn was included in the starting line-up and Sampson revealed he is hopeful of completing a deal for the combative midfielder.

Striker Ricky Miller is set to sign this week along with winger Greg Kaziboni while midfielder Tom McGowan has now completed his move back to the club.

And Sampson is pleased he is able to bring in players he knows well.

“When I first took over, one of the first phone calls I made was to Nat but he wanted to stay in the Football League,” the Steelmen boss said.

“I know he has been playing for a Conference team during pre-season and it has not worked out.

“We are fortunate that he has picked the phone up and asked if I was still interested.

“Obviously I am and that will probably be the final piece of the squad if we can get that done.

“Greg is a crowd pleaser.

“He will be frustrating as wingers are and Ryan Semple will be the same.

“But when they are on their game and they are giving full-backs a tough time, they are great to watch.

“I know these players.

“It’s not as if I am bringing them in blind. I know what they can do and Chris Plummer knows the other lads who have come in.

“It looks like they have gelled well so far but the important thing is Vauxhall Motors on Saturday.

There was some bad news for Corby ahead of the final friendly after Andy Holt confirmed his retirement from football due to a knee injury.

The former Cobblers man had been set to play a key role in the new campaign.

And Sampson said: “It is the measure of the man that Andy came to be and said it was going to be too much for him to carry on at the moment.

“He has been very honest and he has shown great professionalism.

“I have told him that if there is any way I can help then I will.

“He has been brilliant for Northampton in the past and he showed what he could do here.

“But he has shown great integrity in admitting he can’t go on and I have huge respect for him.”