Billy Medlock has left Eastbourne Town to join Ryman Isthmian Premier Division side Tonbridge Angels.
The 23-year-old striker was Town’s shining light in an otherwise torrid season and it was always going to be hard to keep him after suffering relegation from the Ryman South.
He has attracted interest from numerous clubs since the season ended after netting 30 goals and, while he is excited about stepping up a level, he admits he didn’t take the decision lightly.
But Medlock’s personal ambitions are to go as far as he can in the game and he believes he had to move for his own personal development.
“It was a hard decision as I was still enjoying it but It’s the right direction from my point of view,” he said.
“It’s a good chance to step up and and see what I can do and if I can score goals, who knows where I can go.
“A couple of lads who have scored goals in this league have gone on to get professional contracts, that’s the ultimate goal.”
Tonbridge manager Dave McKimm also revealed his delight at signing Medlock after a difficult season
“I am delighted that Billy is joining us as there was competition from various Ryman Premier clubs to obtain his services,” he said.
Like Town, Tonbridge were relegated themselves last season after finishing second from bottom in the Skrill South but Medlock expects them to be challenging near the top of the league next season.
Having dropped down a division they’ll be among the favourites for promotion back to the Skrill South at the first attempt.
Medlock thinks his former club are in a similar position as they prepare for life in the county leagues, and he was quick to express his gratitude to the fans and everybody involved at the Saffrons.
“They’ll probably win the league next season,” he added
“The club are in good hands, the people at the club mean well and have the club’s best interest at heart. It’s not something you that often these days.
“I’d like to thank all the fans for their support as it was a tough season last season and I’d like to thank Dave Jenkins who is the best Chairman I’ve ever played under.”