Tonbridge Angels sign ex-Dover forward George Purcell

Former Dover Athletic striker George Purcell has signed for Tonbridge Angels on a one-year deal.

Manager Tommy Warrilow said: "He is still a young man who has so much ability and someone I rate very highly.

"He has spoken to other clubs and has had ample opportunity to secure a far better deal elsewhere but felt Tonbridge is the right move for him."

Purcell, was one of eight players to leave Crabble last week despite having a year left on his contract.

The 24-year-old started his career at Ebbsfleet United, before playing for Braintree, York City and Eastbourne Borough in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

The striker scored 12 goals in 38 games for Dover Athletic in the 2011-12 season, before parting company via mutual consent just days after the end of the campaign.

"When a player of George's calibre comes along, you cannot afford to miss an opportunity to sign him," added Warrilow.

"The main thing for me was his positive attitude throughout our talks and negotiations, and I am thrilled to have him here."

Tonbridge finished ninth in the Blue Square Bet South in their first season in the division.

However, Warrilow could be forced to trim his playing staff as the club comes to terms with the financial demands of sixth tier of English football.

"With all the talk recently of a budget cut, I bet this signing is one some people may have thought would never happen," said Warrilow. "I too would have thought the very same."

Chairman Steve Churcher added: "We keep saying how far we've come as a club over recent years.

"Capturing George's signature demonstrates that Tommy has the ability to sign top quality players to complement those already at Longmead, without breaking the bank."

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