DANIELS boss Graham Drury has made his most important signing since his return to Stamford a month ago.
Drury has made Richard Jones the Daniels skipper for next season, describing the 6’5” centre back as a “natural born leader”.
Jones, who was briefly at Corby with Drury last season has also played for Bourne, Blackstones and Peterborough Northern Star, and he said the arrival of Drury at Stamford was crucial to his decision to move to the Premier Kitchens Arena.
Jones, 24, was not short of suitors elsewhere but said: “I was speaking with Graham and what he has told me about the plans here made the decision easy.
“He’s straight to the point and gets the best out of players. And with the players that he has brought here it’s clear that he has ambition.
“I want to be with a team that wins things and I believe we will be right up there challenging for the title.”
On his new skipper, Drury said: “His organisational skills are good and I know his attitude makes him a natural born leader.
“He picked up man-of-the-match a few times during his time at Corby last year and hugely impressed me. He’s a big lad and very quick so he will certainly be a key asset to the team.
“He raised his game well in the Conference North last year and showed he was capable of playing at that level so I expect big things from him this season.”
Drury added: “Several teams have tried to sign him. He is strong, quick, comfortable on the ball and ultimately I think he will go far beyond us.”
Jones is one of several players returning from higher level football but Drury said he has no worries about ambitious players moving on.
“I don’t fear players leaving,” he said. “The reason they want to play here is that they want to play for me. If they go to the top of the league and we lose a player, others will want to join.”
Stamford also brought in another of Corby Town’s young players this week, with the arrival of 20-year-old Tom McGowan.
The former Northampton Town trainee made a handful of appearances during his time at the Steelmen at the end of last season. Since leaving the Cobblers, he has also represented Cogenhoe United, Biggleswade and St Ives.
“He has a fantastic football brain for a young lad and now he needs to get more games under his belt,” said the Stamford boss.
“I think he should be looking at playing 30 games this season if not maybe even 40 or more.
“This will give him the chance to progress his game.”