POOLE Town boss Tom Killick admitted he could not turn down the chance to take on a month’s loan Gosport goal machine Justin Bennett.
With Tatnam top scorer Richard Gillespie still sidelined, Dolphins completed a short-term deal for the 31-year-old Privett Park hitman on Friday.
Bennett was Borough’s top scorer as Alex Pike’s men marched to back-to-back play-off wins in the Southern League in the past two seasons – including a 2012 South & West final victory over the Dolphins.
Despite not being first choice for much of the campaign, he led the way with 16 Premier Division goals last season, a record which convinced Killick to snap up the striker.
“It was just too good an opportunity to resist,” said Killick. “With the number of games we have coming up his signing can only be beneficial.
“His scoring record over his entire career is phenomenal and he is capable of scoring many different types of goal.
“I remember watching him score an outrageous bicycle kick in a play-off semi-final a couple of seasons ago. It was probably one of the best goals I have seen at this level but you also know he will go and get you a scruffy one from six yards when you need one.
“He is an exceptional player and I am very happy to have signed someone of his calibre, albeit on loan.
“I would very much like it to be a longer term arrangement but it is difficult to say anything with any certainty when these things involve three-way decisions.”
Killick confirmed that Gillespie had started a series of shockwave therapy sessions in an attempt to cure his persistent injury worries while talks with transfer target TJ Cuthbertson were "ongoing".