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Andy Pugh says he would only leave Welling United for full-time football

Andy Pugh
Andy Pugh

by Matthew Panting

Welling striker Andy Pugh has insisted that he would only leave the club if it was to move back into full-time football.

Former Gillingham forward Pugh (pictured), who scored 17 goals last season, already has 12 Blue Square Bet South goals to his name this time around - including a stunning winner against Hampton on Saturday.

"I'm just happy to be playing well and if that keeps happening then hopefully someone will take notice," said Pugh, speaking for the first time about his chances of a move back into the Football League.

"If not, then all I can do is keep scoring goals. If a move doesn't happen then hopefully I can progress with Welling.

"Since I've come here, they've given me the belief about how good a player I am. Obviously I was struggling a bit towards the end of my time at Gillingham. Now I'm really happy and enjoying my football."

The departure of Charlie Sheringham from Dartford to Bournemouth last month sparked rumours that Darts boss Tony Burman was weighing up a move for Pugh.

Wings boss Jamie Day has yet to hear of any interest from Dartford, and Pugh reiterated that he would not be keen on a move to Princes Park.

"From a personal point of view, if I was to leave then I want to progress, minimum Conference Premier, but ideally back into the Football League," said Pugh.

"I'm happy playing for Jamie and I don't see going to Dartford now as a progression. Why move there when my real dream is to play in the Football League?

"I've got 12 goals already this season and I don't see why I should risk settling into another team when I am happy playing for Welling."

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