Poole Town boss Tom Killick watched Luke Roberts mark his long-awaited comeback with a match-winning goal – before revealing Charlie Austin’s helping hand in the highly-rated striker’s return, report the Bournemouth Echo.
Roberts earned Dolphins £6,000 and a place in FA Cup second round qualifying when he stabbed home a first-half effort in Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Wessex Premier Shaftesbury.
It took the former AFC Totton hitman just 34 minutes to find the net having returned from the serious knee injury he sustained during a pre-season friendly against Weymouth in July last year.
Roberts has been receiving treatment from Southampton physio Kevin Mulholland following the intervention of Saints hitman Austin, who hit 64 goals in 57 appearances for Poole in the Wessex League.
Mulholland, also part of the Republic of Ireland set-up, was put in touch with the Southern League South club by Austin. And Killick revealed his gratitude to both parties after Roberts played the opening 45 minutes at Cockrams.
He told the Daily Echo: “I’ve asked Charlie for a lot of things over the years and I don’t like doing it. But Luke’s welfare is such a big deal to us that I asked Charlie and he was good enough to put us in touch with Kevin.”
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