POOLE boss Tom Killick revealed he missed out on securing the services of midfielder Jordan Ngalo – despite having completed paperwork for him to sign for the club.

The National League posted an article on their website confirming the youngster, who has represented England at schoolboy level, had completed a move to Black Gold Stadium.

But the following day, Ngalo was confirmed as a substitute for Southern League Premier outfit Weymouth in their success against Redditch United.

The teenager came off the bench for the Terras during their 5-0 victory over the Reds at the Bob Lucas Stadium, replacing former Cherries youngster Josh Carmichael for the final 14 minutes.

Killick told the Daily Echo: “The situation with him was we were competing against Weymouth to sign him. We did sign him but so did Weymouth.

“He signed forms for us but my understanding is he will be staying with them.

“That was a blow for us because I went to some length in terms of effort to get him but I fully respect his wishes and reasons for going to Weymouth.

“For once it wasn’t monetary because we feel we actually offered him a better financial deal, as I understand it.

“Weymouth may be in the league below but they are winning games and we are not.”

Portsmouth-based Ngalo had been plying his trade in Wessex Premier for high-fliers Blackfield & Langley this season.

The midfielder has made 26 appearances in all competitions for the Watersiders, scoring four goals.

Killick added: “Clearly Weymouth have Mark Molesley there, who has the Bournemouth connection.

“If you are a lad who is looking to get into the professional ranks I can see why he has chosen that option.

“Good luck to him, he is an exceptional player and I expect him to be playing professionally in the not too distant future.” Speaking on behalf of the Terras, assistant manager Paul Maitland added: “We see his future as being with us. He is a young lad who we have been impressed with, as have a lot of people.

“We understand exactly why Poole had shown an interest in him and it would make perfect sense.

“We are hoping we can help him progress his own career as well as improving us.

“He is also still registered with Blackfield at the moment and we have indicated to them that if it was right for him to turn out for them, then he would.”

Meanwhile, Poole’s Will Spetch brought up the milestone of 300 appearances for Dolphins in their 1-1 draw at Bognor Regis.

“Will was here from early in my reign and has been an outstanding player for us,” added manager Killick.

Poole, who are 20th in National South, make the trip to face Truro City on New Year's Day (3pm).