Transfer embargo adds to misery for Kettering Town

Mark Stimson

Mark Stimson will be forced to field youngsters against Grimsby on Saturday

Kettering Town have been placed under a transfer embargo after failing to pay their players' wages in full  , BBC Radio Northampton understands.

The restriction came into force on Monday, meaning three signings completed this week are null and void.

MK Dons striker Charlie Collins and Peterborough pair Peter Grant and Michael Richens will not join the club.

However the signing of ex-Aston Villa defender Ellis Deeney  does stand, as it was completed last week.

SIX MONTHS AT KETTERING

  • 24 June: Morell Maison appointed manager
  • August: Move grounds from Rockingham Road to Nene Park
  • 7 September: Mark Stimson replaces Maison
  • 30 September: Eleven players transfer listed, including Moses Ashikodi and Jean-Paul Marna after a fight on the pitch
  • 14 November: It is revealed the players have not received their full wages for the month
  • 15 November: Whole squad is transfer listed "in response to recent results and the financial issues related to that"
  • 21 November: Kettering are placed under transfer embargo

Youngsters Collins, Grant and Richens were advertised as having joined the Poppies by their parent clubs, but the deals have not been ratified by the Football Conference.

Boss Mark Stimson lost five members of his squad prior to Thursday's loan deadline.

Departing the club on loan, with permanent moves agreed for January, were Aman Verma, Marcus Kelly  and Adam Cunnington. Moses Ashikodi  has joined York City on loan, with a view to a move early next year. Jean-Paul Marna was loaned to Corby Town until January.

A series of injuries means the Poppies manager will have to turn to his youth team to field a side against Grimsby on Saturday.

The departures come after club chairman Imraan Ladak placed every member of his squad on the transfer list  , for football and financial reasons.