Dagenham & Redbridge striker Michael Cheek has signed for Ebbsfleet United for an undisclosed fee.
The 26-year-old has been a major force in the National League over the past four years, firing both Braintree Town and Dagenham & Redbridge to top-five finishes and play-off qualification.
In total, he has almost 160 goals to his name since 2011, an average of 22 per season, and he has scored 92 goals in the top two tiers of non-league football.
They are the sort of stats that have had Daryl McMahon waiting patiently to make a move, with Cheek having been on the Fleet’s radar since the signing of his former Daggers teammate Corey Whitely.
Cheek has played a full part in Dagenham’s pre-season programme, with three goals to his name, so McMahon has zero concerns about his fitness going into the opening match of the season.
“He’s a proven player at this level, a good age at 26, good physicality and good mobility,” McMahon told eufc.co.uk. “Technically he’s very good and to top all that, he’s a very good goalscorer! He fits the profile of what we’re looking for.”
“We tried to get him earlier in the year and we agreed a transfer in January,” McMahon explained. “But he opted to stay then. He’d only just gone to Dagenham and he wanted to help them out with their problems at the time which is admirable of him and shows his character. But thankfully we’ve done the deal now just before the season starts.”