NEW Dorchester Town manager Callum Brooks has hailed influential Poole Town manager Tommy Killick as “the best around”.

Brooks, who was appointed Magpies’ boss on Wednesday, highlighted the impact Killick made on him while working alongside the Dolphins’ gaffer as assistant-manager.

Having signed at the Clayson Stadium from previous club Hamworthy United, the Dorchester number one is looking to “draw” on his experience with Killick when tackling a two-division step up in class, having been involved with the Black Gold Stadium outfit at National League South level.

Brooks was on the backroom staff when the Dolphins took the Southern League title in the 2015/16 season.

Speaking of his time with Killick, Brooks told Echosport: “You can’t not draw on that. We won the Southern League at Poole and I had experience of the National League South.

“One of the keys is I was fortunate to be second in command to Tommy, who’s probably the best around and has been for a number of years now.

“He’s managed to get some longevity in management, which you probably won’t see again. I did draw off Tommy and you’d be mad not to. There’s certain bits, of course, I’ll use moving forward.”

Dorchester travel to Farnborough in league action today (3pm).