POOLE Town boss Tom Killick has bolstered his attacking options by swooping for Salisbury's Marvin Brooks – just five months after the player's controversial departure.

Brooks dropped two leagues to join the Whites with Killick describing as "horrific" the notion of the attacker plying his trade in Southern League West, adding the switch had been made due to the financial reward on offer.

Salisbury boss Steve Claridge hit back in an extensive statement in which he denied the club were "paying fortunes" and accused Killick of "showing disrespect".

The Poole boss opened old wounds ahead of the FA Cup victory over the Wiltshire side in September, labelling as a "tragedy" Brooks's position at step four.

The arrival of the versatile operator – who can play in midfield or up front – is a welcome boost for Killick as he bids to steer his side away from the National South relegation battle.

A personal trainer by profession, Brooks is a popular figure at the Black Gold Stadium having spent six years there prior to his switch to Salisbury.

Brooks was a free agent having reached agreement with Salisbury over his contract with them.

The move comes in the wake of the announcement that winger Luke Burbidge, described by Killick as "a well-paid player by our standards", had joined Wimborne Town on a permanent basis following a successful loan spell at the Cuthbury club.