Revolving door at the Rams
RAMSGATE boss Tim Dixon has swooped for another defender in an attempt to shore up his side's struggling back line next season.
Less than a week after signing Dean Hill, who joined last week, Dixon captured 23-year-old former Chelsea schoolboy Sam Gore.
The left-back, who has also had spells with the Gillingham Academy and Dover Athletic, signed on the dotted line on Wednesday and the manager was delighted.
"It is another great signing for us. It happened very quickly," said Dixon. "Sam is a top quality left-back, through and through.
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"We often had to play players out of position at left-back last year to cover it, so to get someone in who is predominantly a left-back is fantastic. I wanted to address the defence and signing Deano and Sam is definitely going to help."
Gore told the Ramsgate website: "I'm really happy about signing for Ramsgate. As soon as I knew that Tim and Darren were in charge at Ramsgate, I was interested in coming over. I can't wait for pre-season now and meeting all the lads."
But just as Dixon was seeing his team take shape, a bombshell was dropped on him when striker Ian Pulman announced he was leaving the club to rejoin Whitstable Town.
'Pully' scored 14 goals in his 27-game stint at Southwood after joining from Eastbourne Borough in January.
Dixon said he was "bitterly disappointed" that Pulman had decided to go, but revealed the striker was given an offer he couldn't refuse.
Dixon said: "Pully called me and said it was a really difficult decision because he loves the club and could see that we were going to some great things here.
"But he was offered a great contract by Whitstable and he just couldn't turn it down. We have a budget here and we couldn't compete with the terms he was offered.
"It is a shame that he has left because he did really well with us and really helped us throughout the last six months.
"It is difficult for us to compete with the Manchester City's of the Ryman league. Darren and I wish Pully all the best as he is a really top bloke who gives nothing but 100 per cent, was a pleasure to work with and I wish him continued success."