Unhappy Purcell out on a wing
GEORGE PURCELL hasn't played with a better group of lads than the ones at Dover but he insisted a move away was vital to help get back into the Football League.
Old boss Martin Hayes signed Purcell, 24, from York in the summer as the man to replace legend Adam Birchall.
But Purcell was turned from a striker into a left winger by manager Nicky Forster and he felt he could never recapture his best form.
He ended the season with 12 goals but Purcell believes he could have scored plenty more if he was allowed to play down the middle.
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Purcell explained: "I have enjoyed myself at times but I want to play up front. I said to the manager I want to go if I can't play up front and he wanted me out on the left.
"I still want to play to as high a standard as possible and I've got to give myself the best possible chance of doing that. I want to be somewhere scoring every week."
Forster met Purcell on Monday and the pair came to an arrangement to cancel his contract, which would have kept him at the club to the end of next season.
Purcell said: "Obviously when Martin Hayes signed me I wanted to play as a striker and things were going well.
"I'd started the season well and I'd been scoring goals, which is what I love to do.
"The new gaffer came in and I wasn't starting the first couple of games, which was disappointing. Then I earned my way in and scored nine goals in 12 games which isn't bad really.
"I actually think that record is pretty good.
"I was moved out to the left wing after that and I just didn't enjoy myself there.
"I don't want to play on the left, I feel I'm better up front.
"I wasn't enjoying myself out there and after that my confidence went.
"I know I play my best when I'm confident and I just wasn't at home on the wing.
"The players down there are a great bunch and it's the best set of lads I've been involved with since I've been playing football."
Purcell has played left-wing for Ebbsfleet but never for a sustained amount of time like he did in the latter past of the season.
He continued: "It's not been a terrible year.
"I enjoyed bits of it, that's for sure.
"In the first five or six weeks when Hayesey was there I was scoring and playing well and enjoying myself.
"I was playing with confidence but I've struggled to really enjoy it under the new gaffer.
"Hopefully I can move somewhere and score goals and prove him wrong and show him that my best position really is down the middle."