Margate have swooped to sign former Ebbsfleet United forward Alex Osborn – and boss Nikki Bull admits he was “shocked and delighted” to seal the deal.

The 22-year-old spent time on loan at Maidstone United and Whitehawk this season, but has now decided to ply his trade with Gate for 2016-17.

He is Gate’s sixth summer signing, and Bull is thrilled to have secured his services.

“Out of all the signings we’ve made so far, Alex is probably the one I went for but in my heart of hearts I thought there was no chance,” he said. “I doubt there were many non-league players with as many options as him in the summer and rightly so.

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