Brackley striker Stephen Diggin backs squad to step up

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Brackley Town's Stephen Diggin says their Evo-Stik Southern Premier-winning squad is good enough to compete in Blue Square Bet North.

The striker has agreed a new deal for next season but there are no new signings for the club as yet.

Diggin told BBC Northampton: "Our squad is definitely good enough to compete in this league and do well.

"All the lads know each other and how we play, and hopefully there won't be too many coming in to unsettle things."

He continued: "The manager will probably get a few in, but to keep the majority of the squad together would be good.

"The ground is getting upgraded and Brackley is a club looking to go forward. Let's hope I can be a part of it."

Of last season's squad, defender Tom Kemp has left St James' Park for Solihull Moors and goalkeeper Paul Walker has joined Corby Town.

Diggin, a former Corby player, scored 17 goals last season as Saints finished eight points clear at the top of the Southern Premier.

"As soon as I knew [manager Jon Brady] wanted me to stay, I knew that I'd sign," he added. "I wasn't thinking about anywhere else. I enjoyed my first season.

"I've scored goals in this league before, so hopefully I can do the same again."

Although Brackley will not face local rivals Kettering Town in the Southern Premier, Diggin will have the chance to play against his former employers.

"I was at Corby for a long time but I didn't get to play in the new stadium. I'll look forward to going there, playing them and hopefully beating them," he said.

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