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Andy Irvine sets 30 goal target following move to Southern Counties East League Ashford United

Andy Irvine is relishing the new challenge offered by his move to Ashford United.

Andy Irvine Picture: Martin Apps
Andy Irvine Picture: Martin Apps

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)

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