Joel Carta can’t wait to test himself in the Vanarama National League North after he signed for Kettering Town this week.

The Poppies made their second raid of the summer on Corby Town for the latest addition to their squad as the midfielder followed Connor Kennedy in swapping Steel Park for Latimer Park.

Carta was one of the stars of last season for the Steelmen as he scored 28 goals in all competitions after signing for them this time last year.

The 21-year-old has now been snapped up by Kettering as they prepare for life at a higher level following their Southern League Premier Division Central title success.

Carta made his debut in Tuesday’s 3-0 pre-season win at Barwell and is set to feature again tomorrow (Friday) night when the Poppies round off their first-team friendly programme against an Oxford United XI at Latimer Park.

“I’d been speaking to people at Kettering and, in particular, Luke Graham and I came to look at the set-up and I liked it,” Carta said.

“I also spoke to Connor about it all because he obviously made the move here from Corby as well.

“For me, it’s a step up two levels and it’s a chance for me to test myself and that’s what I want.”

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