Interview: Killick not expecting reinforcements from Cherries

Despite Non-League football remaining largely unaffected by the closing of the transfer window in the professional ranks, there had been some hope that deadline day activity at Dean Court might have a knock-on effect on the availabilty of AFC Bournemouth youngsters.

Dolphins have been lent more than their fairshare of young talents from their Championship neighbours, but whilst Tom Killick is frequently in the loop with Cherries U21 manager Shaun Cooper, he is not expecting to add any Cherries players to his squad yet.

Killick told AllPooleAren’tWe that: “I get on very well with Shaun Cooper and keep a constant dialogue with him.

“The problem is that Bournemouth have a few good players, so when they become available, there are often a lot of clubs in for them.

“If there gets to be a situation where we can take someone we think will improve us and also the player, then we’ll look into doing it.”

Under new manager Scott Parker young players had been given an opportunity at the start of the campaign, with former Poole players Brennan Camp and Christian Saydee both featuring in the first team.

As Bournemouth look to complete at least two deadline day deals, there was a belief around the Black Gold that new signings would allow fringe youngsters the opportunity to go out on loan.

However, Killick is not expecting to see any action on that front, despite being keen to add to a threadbare side.

Dolphins have the fewest amount of registered players in the Southern League Premier South, and have resorted to naming assistant manager Micky Hubbard amongst their subs over the past two games.

Killick stated in Poole’s match-day programme that he wanted to add one or two more players into the squad.

“We always try and see what we can do, because numbers are limited as it was – but now we’ve lost Jamie Whisken.

“I can’t believe he’ll be back for next Saturday – I hope he does – but it’s clearly going to be unlikely he’ll recover for next Saturday.

“Jack Dickson will be back in, and hopefully Thiago [Cazé] will be back as well.

“We’re always looking to see if we can try and add to the squad, but if not, we will go again with what we’ve got.”

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