POOLE Town boss Tom Killick believes the experience of James Constable could be a “big step forward” in his side’s quest to beat the National South drop.

Killick today confirmed he had snapped up the 33-year-old frontman on a one-month loan from National League Eastleigh.

Formerly of Oxford United, Walsall, Shrewsbury Town and Kidderminster Harriers, Constable is set to go straight into the Poole squad for tomorrow's trip to Braintree Town (3pm).

A scorer of more than 50 Football League goals, Constable has found the net 41 times for the Spitfires in 159 appearances.

Killick told the Daily Echo: “I felt it was important we added at this stage. It is now or never for us and I was looking to improve the squad.

“We have been lucky to bring in young, inexperienced loan players who have done quite well but I thought it important to try to bring experience to the squad.

“James has played predominantly at a higher level and has a wealth of experience in league and non-league football.

“We felt in the situation we are in, it could be a big step forward for us.

“He was a player I had been aware of for quite a while and it was something which had been talked about previously.

“We managed to get it sorted and we are grateful to Eastleigh. Hopefully, he can make an immediate impact.”

Poole are 20th in the league pile, four points from safety.

Striker Warren Bentley has hit 16 of Dolphins’ 36 league goals this season but Killick believes Constable's arrival brings added variety.

“It gives us options and strength in depth in attacking areas at a vital time,” he added.

“You can never have too much firepower and now we have Ollie Balmer, Warren Bentley, Richard Gillespie and James Constable, they are four exceptionally talented forwards and are all a bit different.”