TOBY Holmes has nothing to prove when it comes to scoring goals in the Southern League – but Poole’s new recruit admitted he felt a sense of unfinished business at the BlackGold Stadium.

Holmes experienced his first taste of Southern League football with Poole in 2015, after he was spotted plundering goals for Parley Sports in the Dorset Premier League.

Unable to dislodge veteran strikers Alan Connell and Richard Gillespie, Holmes left the Dolphins in search of regular game time.

He certainly found what he was looking for at Wimborne Town, where minutes on the pitch translated into frequent goals.

By the time Holmes departed for Salisbury, he had scored 132 goals in 143 games for the Magpies.

Fresh off the back of winning the Southern Premier League South title with Taunton, Holmes returns to Poole confident he can show what he is capable of.

When asked if he felt like the had unfinished business at Poole, Holmes told the Daily Echo: “Definitely. I talked about this when I had the chat with Tommy, we spoke about it.

“I've spoken to him most summers to if I wanted to come back yet. We've had chats and spoken about why I didn't get much game time.

“I mean, I was sat next to Alan Connell and the guy’s played in League One, League Two, and I played in the DPL and I'm sitting next to him on the bench.

“I could understand that I wasn't going to be the first name on the team sheet.

“But again, I still thought that I probably deserved a little bit of a chance. And even when I did come on in that first season, I did score a few goals and I did put myself about a bit, played a lot for the under-23s and did well.

“So I was sort of a bit upset that I never really got too much game time.

“But after I left and went to Dorchester and then did well at Wimborne, it had proven to myself and also to Tommy that I could do it.

“Also, when I played against Poole, it gives you that extra bit of an edge to try and prove to him what you're about and that you're good enough, that sort of thing - and I did score a few goals against Poole!

“When we spoke, I said that I've got a bit of unfinished business here.

“I want to prove not only to him, but to the fans that I've changed since I was last here, obviously six years later and six seasons later, at this level, I'm going to be more established and more well-known, more competitive and whatnot.

“I want to come back and prove to everybody that I'm good enough to play for Poole and to be competitive at this level. I think obviously I've proved that with the moves I've made and the goals I've scored. So hopefully it'll be a successful season.”