NEW Kettering Town midfielder Lee Fowler is looking to return to league football after recently putting pen-to-paper on a two-year deal at the Poppies following his departure from league rivals Forest Green Rovers.

The 25-year-old is determined to push the club up the table and hopefully achieve promotion after just one season with Jim Harvey’s side.

Fowler said: “Although we had good cup runs last season and started to pick up towards the end, as a team it was disappointing.”

The former Coventry City midfielder enjoyed his season at the New Lawn, but is relishing his latest challenge.

“I really enjoyed my time at Forest Green under Jim Harvey and the fans were great, but I want to be involved at the other end of the table and fighting for a Football League place.

“Kettering already have a good squad and hopefully I can come in to help.

“I like getting on the ball and setting things up by making tackles and playing from deep. Then I can join in further forward.”

Fowler is looking forward to working under former Forest Green favourite Mark Cooper.

He added: “I’ve had a couple of conversations with Mark Cooper and I can see his man-management skills straightaway. He’s got a good future in the game and a great reputation so far.

“Everyone here has to look to improve themselves. After finishing eighth, we should be going for the play-offs.”

Meanwhile, Forest Green are chasing former Burton Albion midfielder Danny Holmes.

Holmes, 22, has been released by new Brewers boss Paul Peschisolido following the club’s promotion to the Football League.

Harvey is understood to have already spoken to the player.

But he faces competition from rivals Altrincham and Tamworth for the signature of Holmes, who began his career at Port Vale.

Holmes said: “I’m encouraged by the interest there has been already in me because it’s still early.

“It’s nice that Forest Green and Altrincham have already expressed an interest and I’m hoping to speak to Tamworth, who have just got promotion.”