Christian Smith has said the prospect of joining Hampton & Richmond Borough this summer outweighed the additional travel involved.
The experienced midfielder spent last season with Dulwich Hamlet and was announced last month as a new addition for fellow National League South side Hampton & Richmond.
Speaking as part of his in-depth interview with this site, Smith explained: “The season ended, I had quite a few calls from down south, to be fair. One team up north did ask me, but I said ‘I’ve been down here for eight years and I won’t be moving back any time soon.’
“So in my mind, when the season finished, I would have been down here again. It was then just deciding which was the best one for me.
“There was one National (League), a few in the South, and there were a few in the league below. When I’d spoken to (Hampton & Richmond boss) Gary (McCann), though, because I know quite a few of the boys here as well, I was pretty much set on coming to Hampton.
“It’s a bit of a journey for me, and there were ones that are a lot closer to my house, but Hampton was something that really appealed to me.”