Dolphins centurion Jez Bedford has tonight left for Dorset rivals Wimborne Town, in a move for more game time.
Since initially joining on loan in 2017 from Portsmouth, Bedford has made 111 appearances for Poole, but has found it hard to hold down a regular spot in the first-team since returning from a short stint in Sweden with Ytterhogdals.
Poole boss Tom Killick had been aware of a potential move ahead of Dolphins’ trip to Walton Casuals.
Despite being told that he was unlikely to feature off of the bench, Bedford still made the lengthy trip in support of his teammates.
Killick told All Poole Aren’t We: “Jez is a great lad. The fact that I turned round to him and said that he was unlikely to play on Saturday, yet he still decided to travel with us speaks volumes about his character.
“Unfortunately this season Jez had found it hard to get into the side. He recently had COVID which kept him out as well. He just wants to play regular football, which is something I cannot guarantee.”
With his last appearance for Poole coming off of the bench against Frome Town in the FA Trophy, Bedford will be cup-tied for Wimborne’s Trophy and Southern League Cup games.
With the signing of Dan Bartlett in the close season, Bedford found himself lower down the Dolphins’ pecking order despite his versatility.
He still made 14 appearances for Poole this term, with his 100th game for the Dolphins coming in the 3-1 defeat to Farnborough in August.