Dorchester Town To Score A Windfall
8:16am 3rd July 2014
(Updated 8:18am 3rd July 2014)
Dorchester Town FC are in line to collect a sizeable cheque following the sale of one of their previous players.
21-year-old striker Brennan Dickenson left Dorchester for Brighton and Hove Albion in January 2012 for a fee believed to be in the region of 45 thousand pounds.
But after failing to make the grade at the Championship high flyers he's now signed for League One Gillingham Town.
The Magpies are now due a knock on payment from the deal, although the three clubs are staying tight lipped over the details.
Despite impressing in the Development side, the former Christchurch star was unable to make a first team breakthrough during his two-and-a-half years at the Amex Stadium.
And with new Albion boss, Sami Hypia, looking to strengthen his squad with experienced names, Dickenson is deemed surplus to requirements.
"It feels really good to have signed," said Dickenson.
"It's going to be good for me to get out here (at Priestfield) and show the fans what I've got and get some games under my belt in League One.
"I've got pace, I'm good in the air, will put in plenty of crosses and I hope I can please the fans."
He added: "I'm glad Dorchester will benefit from my move because I really enjoyed my time there. They were the club that gave me my break and I wish everyone down there all the best."
Dickenson, who had loans spells at Chesterfield, AFC Wimbledon and Northampton during his time at Brighton, teams up at Priestfield with former England winger, Peter Taylor.
And Magpies boss Phil Simkin reckons that could be the making of the ex-Ferndown schoolboy.
Simkin said: "It's a shame things haven't worked out for Ben at Brighton but I'm sure he will do really well at Gillingham. He has a vicious left-foot, his pace is electric and his best is yet to come.
"Playing for a manager like Peter Taylor will be great for him because, like Ben, he was a nippy and skilful left-footer too."
Meanwhile Simkin is hopeful that some of the knock-on money heading Dorchester's way will end up in his playing budget.
"It's great that we will be receiving a few quid from Ben's transfer" he added, "and it would be nice to think a bit of it will be allocated to the playing budget.
"But the running costs of the club are our number one priority and so we will just have to wait and see what happens.
"I don't know how much is coming our way but any amount will be welcome. These sort of deals are what keeps clubs at our level alive and my job is to always be on the lookout for the next Ben Dickenson."