Stunning introduction earned Carayol a Poppies deal

Mustapha Carayol looks set to make his debut for Kettering Town when they head to Crawley Town tomorrow.

The 19-year-old Torquay United winger has joined the Poppies on a three-month loan deal – although the Gulls will have a 24-hour recall on the player once he has completed a month at the Elgood's Arena.

Carayol, who will face one of his former clubs tomorrow having spent a large part of the 2007-08 season on loan at Crawley, is primarily a wide player but can also play as a centre-forward.

It was his display in the second half of Kettering's 2-1 win over Torquay last February that provided Poppies boss Mark Cooper with a reason to bring him in.

"We went 2-0 up early on in that game and he was one of the players they brought off the bench," Cooper said.

"And he showed what he is all about because his pace and skill created a lot of problems.

"He has good feet and can be a threat from out wide.

"He is coming in from a Football League club and I am sure he will do a good job for us.

"I said earlier this week that we would be trying to bring a couple of players in because I want everyone working hard to keep their places. I see this as a good time to freshen things up.

"We also want to be able to fill our substitutes' bench which we haven't been able to do on a couple of occasions.

"We are still looking at others that we might be able to bring in and

hopefully more will follow."

Carayol has had one start and four substitute appearances for Torquay so far this season and also scored in their 5-3 defeat at Dagenham &


He will be eligible when the Poppies begin their FA Trophy campaign on December 12.

But he has not been given permission to play in the FA Cup, which Kettering enter in the fourth qualifying round on October 24.