POOLE Town have swooped to sign former loan man Tony Lee – five weeks after the combative attacker completed a move to AFC Totton.

Lee scored three goals in 14 games for Tom Killick's side in the closing stages of Dolphins' Southern Premier title-winning campaign in 2015-16.

He returned to parent club Eastleigh ahead of last term but spent huge chunks of the season out on loan. The 20-year-old had a spell with Poole's National South counterparts Whitehawk, before heading out to Southern Premier team Cirencester.

Lee finished 2016-17 with Gosport Borough, where he scored seven goals in 19 games but could not prevent the Privett Park club from slipping out of National South.

Boss Killick recently lost attacker Marvin Brooks to Salisbury but has confirmed deals to retain a whole host of the players who finished fifth last season.

Primarily a striker, Lee was used from the wings during his previous stint with Poole. He can also operate at right-back or in the middle of defence.

Lee marked himself out as one to watch for Eastleigh when he struck a stunning late equaliser in a pre-season friendly against League Two Crawley three years ago.

He has also played on loan at AFC Totton, Dorchester, Tiverton and Lymington. And Lee was keen to express his gratitude to Stags boss Louis Langdown for sanctioning his shock departure for Poole.

He said: "I just want to thank all those at AFC Totton – Louis and his coaching staff who have been superb with me and did not stand in my way with moving back up to National South.

"I have utmost respect for them all and can not say a bad word about them. I wish them all the best for the season ahead, but with the squad Louis is putting together I have no worries about them finishing high up the league table.

“Now my focus is entirely on Poole. I can not wait to get the season started and to help the club be in and amongst it again.”