Tom Killick, manager of Vanarama National League South newcomers Poole Town, reckons he is close to completing his summer business after signing winger Abdulai Baggie and full-back Ryan Case.
Baggie, who trialled with ambitious National League North outfit AFC Fylde during pre-season after ending last season with the Dolphins, impressed on his return to Tatnam and will now be based in the area.
A former Reading trainee, he represented England under-16 and under-17s and gathered professional experience on loan at Rotherham and Port Vale prior to his release by the Royals.
Short spells at Yeovil Town, Hayes & Yeading United and Salisbury City followed before he was handed a chance at Tranmere Rovers in 2012 where his form led to a senior international call-up by Sierra Leone in 2013.
Baggie scored 4 goals in fifty-five League appearances during his time at Prenton Park and then signed for Bristol Rovers before ending up with Stockport in the National North in the summer of 2015 where he stayed until February, signing for Poole a month later.
Full-back Case, who was released by Basingstoke Town towards the end of last season, is no stranger to the local non-League circuit having cut his teeth at Wimborne Town, Bashley and New Milton while with AFC Bournemouth.
Case’s arrival could not be better timed after Dolphins defender Michael Walker was hit with an extra two-match ban following his dismissal at Hitchin on April 9th last season.
The FA found Walker guilty of improper conduct in the tunnel three months after the event, leaving an irked Killick without the towering defender for his club’s first three league fixtures.