BLACKFIELD & Langley have pulled off an impressive summer coup, signing former Football League striker Tim Sills from Weymouth.

The 36-year-old forged a successful career following his breakthrough days at Basingstoke Town, peaking with more than 100 appearances for Torquay United, heading the second goal in the 2009 play-off final that took the Gulls back to League Two.

Romsey-born Sills, who also numbers Aldershot Town, Oxford United, the old Hereford United and Stevenage Borough among his former clubs, completes a trio of ex-Terras at Gang Warily.

Having signed central defender Sam Poole last summer, the ambitious Sydenhams Premier Division outfit recently added midfielder Luke Winsper to the ranks.

Sills’ move to the Waterside comes after he had failed to agree personal terms for the 2016/17 campaign with Weymouth.

He had a dual role at the Bob Lucas Stadium, combining playing duties with assisting Terras boss Jason Matthews.

Former Eastleigh goalkeeper Matthews told The Echo’s Dorset sister paper: “Tim and I were in negotiation for probably five or six weeks and we couldn’t come to an agreement that was right for both parties.

“I want to put on record my thanks to Tim.

“I feel he was a fantastic assistant and brought loads to the table. He will be sorely missed.

“Obviously our loss is someone’s else’s gain. I can’t speak highly enough of Tim.

“I have had him in the squad for two years and he is what you would class as a model pro.

“He had to look after himself, I’m fully aware of that, and that’s what’s happened.

“It is really disappointing. I was really hoping Tim would stay.”

Sills signed for Weymouth in June 2014, initially on a one-year contract, having helped Gosport Borough to the FA Trophy final.

He penned another one-year deal last summer and was unveiled as Matthews’ new right-hand man.

Blackfield, third in the Sydenhams Premier last term, begin pre-season training on Saturday, July 2 (10am).