NEW recruit Nick Seabourne says moving to Highgate United offers a great chance to challenge himself at a higher level of the non-League pyramid.
Seabourne has leapt up two levels from Droitwich Spa to join Gate, who will once again by vying for the Midland League Premier Division title after finishing third last term.
The 27-year-old told the Observer it was a difficult decision to leave Spa, especially after being at the club for five years.
In that time he scored 84 goals in 153 appearances.
“I get on well with everyone at Spa and it’s been a big part of my life for the last five years,” said Seabourne.
“It’s fair to say I’ve had ups and downs with injuries but the most important thing is the club has come so far and it’s been a pleasure to play with such a great bunch of lads.
“As hard as the decision was I felt after turning down an offer to Malvern Town last season and the fact I’m not getting any younger, this is a great opportunity to step up to the next level and challenge myself.
“I have already had a couple of sessions with Highgate and the players and staff have been very welcoming.
“There’s is a good vibe around the club so hopefully its onward and upwards for myself and I’m very excited to see what the season brings.”
Gate joint-boss Paul Smith, who revealed he had watched Seabourne for a number of years, knows his latest recruit will bring plenty of competition for places.
“It’s going to be a test for him but I have watched him for a number of years now and he should have made the jump up a few years ago,” said Smith.
“But you cannot fault his loyalty with Droitwich where his goal return for a right-sided player is incredible.
“Nick has got a great hunger and desire to succeed so I am hoping for he really pushes on this season and has already impressed in the few pre-season training sessions we have held.”
Smith has also brought in former Bromsgrove Sporting and Alvechurch forward Connor Deards whilst also capturing the services of ex-Redditch United midfielder McCauley Manning who returns for a second spell with Gate.
Alongside bringing in new recruits, Smith has also retained the services of Bradley Catlow, Corey Currithers, George Curry, James Wilcock, Richard Batchelor, Trevor Edwards and Marco Adaggio.
Gate being their pre-season fixtures today (Thursday) when they entertain Stratford Town before playing host to Barwell on Saturday.