Walker ready to do his bit for Poppies

Laurie Walker
Laurie Walker
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LAURIE WALKER is prepared to do what he can to help Kettering Town bounce back from what will be a double demotion.

The Poppies look set to kick-off next season in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division subject to a Company Voluntary Agreement being confirmed with the club’s creditors on June 7.

The plans were revealed by George Rolls at a fans forum on Wednesday as the Poppies look to battle back from £1.2m of debt.

With current and present directors confirming they will write off their loans, it means the CVA will cover around £402,000 over three years.

Goalkeeper Walker, who was hit hard by the financial problems last season, is one of the contracted players who will still be with the club when pre-season begins, subject to any offers coming in for him.

And he is hoping the only focus will be on football for the playing squad when they report back.

“I have spoken to George and I am contracted to the club so I will always do my best for it,” Walker said.

“It is what it is. It’s something that happens in lower league football when clubs get themselves into financial trouble, mainly due to the way things have been run and it is left to those coming in to pick up the pieces.

“We are being forced down to a much lower level but the aim is to get the club back to where I believe it belongs in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

“Hopefully we will be able to come back at pre-season and enjoy the football and not worry about where the next pay cheque is coming from.

“We are going to be full-time and that is going to give us a good chance at that level. I want to help the club and hopefully I will get that chance.”

A YOUTH Brass 2000 concert has been organised by group of fundraisers for Kettering Town.

It will take place at St Mary’s Church in Burton Latimer from 7pm on Saturday, June 16 with all proceeds going to the club while a donation will also be made to the church.

Tickets are priced at £7 and that will include wine on the night.

Anyone who wants a ticket should contact M Turner on 01536 723497 or R Miller on 01536 725974.