ALRESFORD’S Sydenhams Wessex League top gun Warren Bentley heads Tom Killick’s summer wish list at Poole Town.
With out-of-contract former AFC Totton striker Michael Charles having left Tatnam along with Dorchester-bound Dan Cann and Richard Gillespie working abroad until November, the Dolphins are stepping up their search for frontline replacements.
Bentley – scorer of 58 goals across all competitions this season – has expressed his desire for a new challenge and Killick would like to seal the deal before the closed-season rush for signatures gathers pace.
Unsurprisingly, Bentley, whose goals helped fire Alresford to the Sydenhams Wessex League Cup and runners-up spot in the SWL Premier Division, is on the radar of several clubs.
Dave Diaper, who managed Sholing to FA Vase glory last Saturday, is a big admirer and Winchester City is a possible destination for the 24-year-old following the appointment of Alresford pair Tim Cole and Danny Robinson as co-managers.
Killick, boss of ambitious Southern Premier outfit Poole, said: “We are reasonably strong in most areas, but we definitely need to recruit strikers, particularly on the back of Michael Charles leaving.
“It is important we do not panic about bringing in replacements and we are looking at several options, but if we can sort out a deal for Warren (Bentley) he will be a welcome addition.”
Bentley, who pipped Sholing’s Lee Wort to the SWL golden boot award with 51 League/League Cup goals, has spent all his senior career at Alresford.
When asked about his future recently, he said: “I probably need a new challenge.”
But the trainee PE teacher’s decision over which club to join may be swayed by where he lands his first full-time teaching post this autumn.