Kettering Town boss wants hard working Moses Ashikodi

Moses Ashikodi

Ashikodi counts Rangers, Watford and Gillingham amongst his former clubs

Kettering Town manager Mark Stimson has praised striker Moses Ashikodi's work-rate, as the striker looks to move back into the Football League.

The 24-year-old striker was the subject of transfer speculation in September.

Stimson told BBC Radio Northampton : "Moses has been great. Sometimes he tries to do too much on his own but you can't knock his work ethic.

"I said to him that if there are clubs interested - and we don't know - make sure it's [a move to] a League club."

Stimson insists the Poppies are keen to hold on to Ashikodi, who has scored twice this season following his return from a serious knee injury that ruled him out for much of 2010/11.

"I wouldn't like to see him leave because he scores goals but everyone has got a price," he said.

"If he enjoys my coaching and style of management, he'll only get better and when the time's right for everybody, he'll go to a club in a better position than ourselves."

Meanwhile, Stimson is hopeful of adding to the squad he inherited from former boss Morell Maison.

"We'll have to see who's fit and available [for the trip to Bath] and see if we can change it a little bit, because we need to.

"Finances are tight - I've spoken to the chairman briefly about that and there may be some room to do something.

"We're all desperate to get points on the board, and get into a position where we should be. We're not there at the moment, so maybe one or two things might happen. It'll all be down to finances."

One player who has left the club is former Ipswich and Birmingham defender Jamie Clapham, who had joined the Poppies under non-contract terms in August.

"Now we've got a few players back, the chairman has said we had to cut a little bit.

"I wish him all the best because he did a job for me against Lincoln and seemed a good honest pro. I'm sure he'll get a club and I wish him all the best when he does."