STEVE Towers was all set to pit his wits against Worksop Town in the forthcoming Evo-Stik Premier League season.
The midfielder had agreed non contract terms with Grantham Town, who announced him as a new recruit.
But the offer of a contract by Tigers boss Simon Clark changed the former Corby man’s mind, and now he’s set to begin pre-season as a Worksop player.
Towers, who celebrated his 27th birthday on Sunday, made his name at Corby after working his way up through non league.
Explaining his decision to start a new chapter of his career with Worksop he said: “It was a bit strange really. I had signed non contract terms for Grantham and I got a phone call from Worksop about a week later, asking me to clarify the situation, which I did. And then it went from there.”
“It was a tough decision, but I had to do what I felt was right for me.”
“I’m not going to lie, they offered me more security with a contract.”
Towers, who became a father for the first time 10 weeks ago, is hoping to join a winning team at Sandy Lane but predicts a tough season as he drops down from the Conference North.
“With the players Worksop have signed, and from speaking to the management, it looks like the club will be going to try and win a lot of games this season.”
“I played in this league a few years ago and I know it’s a top league with some big clubs.”
“The top end of this league is probably better than the bottom end of the Conference North in terms of the quality of players.”
“It’s a tough league to do well in, you’ve got to be consistent.
After a tough previous campaign with Corby, Towers says he’s looking to rekindle his love for football and rediscover the form that saw him become a fan favourite at the Rockingham Triangle.
“I’ve had better, than last season,” he said.
“The club had a lot of off field problems, there was a budget cut and it was a tough year. But what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, you put it down to experience.”
“I’m hoping a change will bring back my buzz about the game.”
“I made my name as a box to box player, but last season I had to assume a different role because I was playing alongside a young lad.”
“I won’t promise anything, my recent form isn’t good enough to promise goals, but hopefully scoring is something I’ll be doing again, I’ve done it before.”
Based in Leicester, Towers will be travelling up the M1 to Worksop home games next season, a commute he’s prepared to put up with for a crack at on-field success.
And having played out the entirety of his career as a semi-professional, the builder by trade believes he’s perhaps more suited to life in non league than many others.
“I started at a local club and worked my way up the non league pyramid,” he said.
“The higher up you play it’s more a case that the lads have been released by a professional club, only a few have worked their way up.”
“Mine is a different road to most, but I’m probably more used to the non league lifestyle – for some it must be a culture shock, having to go and play at some of the places in non league.”
Towers began his career at Oadby Town before a move to Rothwell Town where he was top goalscorer in 2005/06, and then he moved to Corby Town, with a season at Stamford in 2007 the only time he has spent away from the Rockingham Triangle.