LUKE Holmes is set to join Poole Town, according to his uncle Danny.

The midfielder began the campaign at Wimborne Town, playing under his father Matty at Cuthbury.

But in a month of changes for the Magpies, Luke Holmes departed for Southern League South rivals Salisbury while Matty stepped down as boss with his brother Danny taking the reins.

However, Luke Holmes was released by Salisbury less than three weeks after joining with their manager Steve Claridge saying Holmes "doesn't feel mentally strong enough for this sort of challenge".

That sparked talk of a return to Wimborne for the talented 22-year-old, with Danny Holmes revealing at the weekend that he would "speak to the board" about the situation of their former man.

But it now appears Luke Holmes is set to feature for a third club in less than a month.

Danny Holmes told Radio Wimborne: "As far as I'm aware, I think he (Luke) will be joining Poole Town.

"I'm led to believe he won't be coming our way. Luke rang me on Monday night, he feels with the father/uncle thing it’s still a good time to cut all ties at this present time.

"I’ve got to be really honest, I could sit here and say I’m not too sure. But he’s made me aware that he would like to go to Poole so I wish him all the best."

He added: "You never know what the future holds. But I could see his point, it was a very sensible move. He feels restricted maybe with his dad and his uncle and we worked with him since he was under-7s or under-8s with Bournemouth.

"I think he wants to cut all ties and it’s probably the right thing for me as well, establishing the side without him. But I’m a great supporter of his, I love the way he plays but for the moment I think he’s most probably made the correct decision to be honest.

"A player of his flair and what he’s got to give is someone that I would want all day long, but with the family tie and the way he feels I think it most probably helps for his maturity moving forwards for his football to be away from his uncle as well. Let’s hope it works out, all the best to him but he will be missed."

Danny Holmes registered his first win as Wimborne boss last night, which coincidentally came at Poole in the Southern League Challenge Cup.

Both sides made wholesale changes and it was the Magpies who progressed at the Black Gold Stadium, winning 4-2 thanks to goals from Sam Bayston, Tony Lee, Sam Poole and Aidan Shepherd, cancelling out Jake Cope and Jason Dyer strikes.

Poole finished the game with 10 men after a late red card for Sam Jackson.

Danny Holmes, who lost his first game in charge 2-1 at Truro City in the FA Cup on Saturday, said: "It was a fantastic result at the end of the day. Some people do look at it as only the League Cup, but for us personally, it was a case of regrouping and getting this rollercoaster ride going with positivity."

Poole: Phillips, Turner, McKay, Leslie-Smith, Jackson, Bedford, Sampson, Hubbard (Dyer, 79), Cope, Tavares, Baker (Gillespie, 71).

Wimborne: Gunstone-Gray, Helyar (Tilsed, 55), Davidson, Poole, Dodd (Maybury, 51), Hall, Young, Clarke, Bayston, Burbidge, Lee (Shepherd, 65).