Poole Town chairman Chris Reeves believes the acquisition of striker James Constable had “raised some eyebrows” among clubs in National South.
The experienced frontman was snapped up by boss Tom Killick on a one-month loan deal from National League Eastleigh at the end of February. A scorer of more than 50 Football League goals, Constable made his Poole debut in the 1-0 defeat at Braintree last month before playing his part in their stunning 1-0 win against then-leaders Dartford on Saturday.
Malmesbury-born Constable, capped three times at England C level, progressed through the ranks at Cirencester before catching the eye during a fruitful spell in the Southern League with Chippenham Town. He attracted interest from a host of Football League clubs before eventually signing on loan for League One outfit Walsall in November 2005, the deal becoming permanent for a fee of £4,000.
Constable netted a hatful of goals for Oxford United, including one in their Conference play-off final victory over York City in 2010. Poole chief Reeves told the Daily Echo: “James is exactly the sort of striker that Tom and I often talk about the team needing – a striker that frightens the opposition.
“He has a proven track record of scoring goals regularly wherever he has been and the reaction we have had from various supporters of James’s previous clubs demonstrates just how highly he is regarded. His signing has given everyone at the club a real boost and has undoubtedly raised some eyebrows among our competitors.”
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