One of Eastbourne Borough’s top goal scorers is to leave the club for Essex.
Elliott Romain is to transfer to National League pace-setters, Dagenham and Redbridge for an undisclosed fee.
The Sports are extended their thanks to Elliott for his ‘huge commitment and contribition’ to the team’s progress since he joined Priory Lane from Lewes in the summer of 2015.
Borough manager Tommy Widdrington said, "I'm not at all surprised at the interest Elliott has received and I'm delighted with his contribution to Eastbourne Borough over the last 20 months or so. I'm also mindful of the ‘doubters’ who told me he couldn't be managed, and the previous people Elliott worked under, who told me - quote – ‘He doesn't score enough goals!’ Elliott had passed the twenty mark for the season by the end of February!
"I and everyone at Priory Lane wish Elliott the very best of luck in his new adventure, and he is living proof that you should never give up on your pursuit to improve. He's been a pleasure to work with both on the training ground and on a Saturday, I'd even go as far as to say it's improved me as a manager as I've never quite had a lad like Elliott in my charge!
"I realise that supporters will miss Elliott Romain and instinctively ask "Can we replace him?". But every football team is constantly evolving, and supporters have already witnessed the clear progress that we have made this season. Without that whole-team progress Elliott would not have scored his twenty goals! I am sure we can achieve the dual aim of furthering players' individual careers and developing and strengthening the squad and the club at the same time. There will always be another Elliott Romain out there, and I am certain that our structure and our coaching will produce more gems.
"Meanwhile we are all united at Eastbourne Borough in thanking Elliott for all he has given to this football club, and in wishing him every possible success in his career."