TOM Killick reckons outgoing striker Justin Bennett’s talents are so rare that he is better off sticking with Poole Town’s current crop.
Bennett netted seven times in six appearances during his loan spell at Tatnam before parent club Gosport Borough activated their 24-hour return clause yesterday.
The hotshot was called back to Privett Park as Borough manager Alex Pike sought to cope with a growing injury crisis and fixture backlog at the Conference South club.
It adds to Killick’s own selection headache in forward positions ahead of Saturday’s home match with Truro City (3pm) with Dolphins already forced to do without injured duo Dan Cann (foot) and Jordan Chiedozie (groin).
However, Poole’s manager remained philosophical over the hitman’s departure and backed the existing members of his squad to seize the initiative in front of goal.
On whether he would seek a replacement for Bennett, Killick told the Daily Echo: “It is all well and good bringing in someone but they have to be better than what you have or add a different dimension.
“If you get the opportunity to sign a player of Justin’s calibre then you always look to take it but that chance does not come round very often.
“He is a rare, special talent who can score all types of goals and that is something you don’t see very often at this level, let alone have a player like that become available.
“It is difficult to envisage us being able to bring in someone with those outstanding qualities but we will keep looking. At the same time, we cannot underestimate the forwards we have. At this level, we have a very powerful attacking unit.
“Everything is under consideration. Warren Byerley is due back from Dorchester after the weekend and has been doing well over there so he might be another option.
“If we ever got the opportunity to revisit something with Justin then we would be very open to it, but we have to concentrate on the players we have for now.”
Dolphins: (from) Thomas, Emmer-son, Spetch, Martin, Whisken, Pettefer, Davies, Elliott, Devlin, Charles, Burbidge, Gillespie, Preston, Brooks, Dibba, Hutchings.
- Poole Town are understood to have received a bid for Will Spetch from high-flying Conference South club Sutton United.