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Kettering Town boss Lee Harper ponders Alex Dyer move

Alex Dyer
Dyer made 20 appearances for the Cobblers last season

Kettering Town player-manager Lee Harper says they are looking closely at signing midfielder Alex Dyer.

The 20-year-old midfielder, was released by Northampton in May, and played in the Poppies' 1-0 defeat by the Cobblers in a pre-season friendly.

Harper told BBC Radio Northampton: "I've been impressed with him so far. His fitness levels are above any of our players and he plays it simple.

"We're seriously considering him. It'll depend on our budget."

He added: "I think he only gave the ball away once in the half he played."

Meanwhile, Harper may be forced to play in goal for Kettering in their first league game against Gateshead, despite a serious back injury.

He said: "Nathan Abbey is suspended. My back isn't good and I need to retire, but I'll do what's best for the football club.

"I'll give Niall Cooper a chance in next three friendly games, and if he impresses, maybe he'll play.

"But it's vital we get off to a good start. We've got some tricky games as it is, so experience might be the answer, and I'll probably play."

Abbey, 32, is at Rockinhgam Road on non-contract terms.

The club have also confirmed the release of striker Damian Spencer.

The 28-year-old has joined Aldershot on a one-year deal.

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see also
Solkhon completes Poppies return
13 Jul 10 |  Kettering
Harper considers captaincy change
09 Jul 10 |  Kettering
Graham backs Poppies recruitment
06 Jul 10 |  Kettering

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