Seagulls part company with fans’ favourite

Last season’s top scorer joins Blue Square South rivals

WESTON will have to push for promotion without last season’s talismanic top scorer, with Sahr Kabba this week finalising a move away from the Woodspring Stadium.

The diminutive frontman, who notched 15 goals for the Seagulls last season, has moved to Weston’s Blue Square South rivals Havant and Waterlooville for an undisclosed fee. But boss Craig Laird says the money made through Kabba’s sale will be spent on improving the squad further before the new season begins.

Former Bristol Rovers trainee Kabba joined Weston from Almondsbury two seasons ago, and became a firm favourite with Seagulls fans during his time at the club.

Paying credit to the departing striker, Laird said: “It’s a blow to lose a player like Sahr, but we all want to wish him the best of luck.

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“He felt it was too difficult to train twice a week and play at weekends for us while he was continuing his studying in London.

“He was a very good player, but this club will continue without him and we’re working hard to make sure we improve on where we finished last season.”

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Although Laird believes funds from Kabba’s sale will be made available for new players, the former Bridgwater Town manager says the current squad is more than capable of a promotion bid.

Offsetting Kabba’s loss, the club has already signed winger Ross Stearn, midfielder Ashley Kington and striker Chas Hemmings this summer.

Laird added: “We’ve got a good squad at the moment and we’re going to have a look at what we’ve got and how we do in our pre-season matches.

“There are some young lads we’re going to try and bring through the ranks, and I hope they can take their opportunity.

“But if we realise we’re a bit light in a position, I will now have the money to make a new signing or two.”

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