Tom Killick has opened old wounds ahead of Poole’s eagerly-awaited FA Cup clash at Salisbury after describing as a “tragedy” seeing Marvin Brooks perform at step four.

Brooks’s decision to quit Poole and drop two levels in the summer sparked a war of words between Dolphins boss Killick and his opposite number Steve Claridge.

Claridge accused Killick of “showing disrespect” to Salisbury after he had suggested the move had been motivated purely by money.

A key figure in Poole’s rise to National South, Brooks is expected to feature for Southern League West high-fliers Salisbury when the teams lock horns in the second qualifying round at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

Killick told the Daily Echo: “I think he was a brilliant signing for them and a big loss for us. He is a National South player, at the minimum.

“That is why it is a bit of a tragedy to see him where he is. That is no criticism of him or Salisbury but I just feel a bit sad to see him at that level.

“No doubt he felt it was the right move for him and I am sure he is enjoying his football because they are doing well.

“He must be looking at our results and thinking it was a very good move and I am sure Salisbury are delighted to have him.

“To have a player of that calibre leading your line in that league is a massive advantage.”

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