TOM Killick has credited outgoing Dorchester Town chairman Scott Symes as giving him a “new lease of life” in football.

Symes last week announced his intention to step down from the Magpies’ helm after five years in the role.

His decision is set to be confirmed at the club’s AGM this evening (6.30pm).

Killick was brought into the Avenue Stadium after his 19-year association with Poole Town abruptly ended following his sacking in September.

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And he spoke highly of Symes for the environment he has created at the county town side.

“It’s really upsetting,” Killick told Echosport.

“It’s well documented the circumstances that I was working under at Poole.

“Dorchester has been a breath of fresh air in terms of how Scott is, he’s knowledgeable about football and is just a really good person to work for.

“I’ve only been here a short time but it really has given me a new lease of life in terms of the enjoyment I get, and that’s a lot down to him.

“So, it’s very sad but I’m unbelievably respectful of why and what he’s done for the club. I’m glad that that seems to be widely acknowledged.

“I’m pleased he’s still going to be involved but it’s an amazing opportunity for someone else.

“Hopefully we’ll get someone of a really good calibre and things can carry on moving forward.”