Andy Irvine is relishing the new challenge offered by his move to Ashford United.
The former Tunbridge Wells striker has set himself a target of 30 goals this season, and also revealed he played a part in former team-mate Keelan Mooney following him to the club.
Irvine, 27, one of the Wells heroes in their headline-grabbing run to the FA Vase final at Wembley last May admitted: “It was a massively difficult decision to leave, but the move has been a breath of fresh air for me.
“I played against Ashford four times last season for Wells and we lost every time. I was impressed with the way they played, and it mirrors the way I like to play. I also know Gary Clarke (United captain) well and have a lot of respect for him as a player.”
“I am also looking forward to working with Lloyd Blackman and Paul Chambers who I feel can help take my game to the next level.”
Mooney’s arrival is another key signing for United, and Irvine added: “Several clubs were interested in Keelan, so I put him in touch with Chambo.
Irvine, Mooney and another new signing, Army man and ex-Conference player Phil Leonard are all set to feature for the first time in United’s opening pre-season friendly at Hythe Town on Saturday,
Sam Conlon, United’s 15-goal top scorer last season, is set to face his old mates after being offered a trial by new Reachfields boss Tim Dixon.
United travel to Folkestone on Tuesday (7.45pm)