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Sills: "Roscoe and I will rule the roost"

NEW signing Tim Sills has spoken out for the first time since his move to Aldershot from Kingstonian, claiming that he hopes his switch to the Rec will help him reclaim his England place alongside new partner Roscoe D'sane

NEW signing Tim Sills is out to emulate the feat of new team-mate Roscoe D'sane when he kicks off a new stage in his career at the Rec in August.

Sills, 23, was just pipped to a place in the England National Game squad by D'sane - and now he hopes that by scoring a stack of goals for Aldershot Town in the Conference next season will persuade England boss Paul Fairclough to pair the two together in future matches.

The powerful goal-getter became Terry Brown's first summer signing on Wednesday night after the shrewd Shots boss lured him away from Ryman premier division side Kingstonian for nothing — much to the anger of the Surrey side.

Furious boss Kim Harris had planned to base his team around hitman Sills for next season and claims that the deal, which was negotiated with the player alone, has robbed the K's of a potential £20,000 transfer fee.

Oblivious to the rumblings, however, Sills is fully concentrated on his new career at the Rec and can't wait to put on that famous red and blue shirt.

Speaking exclusively to the Mail after completing his signing, Sills revealed that playing for Aldershot has always been one of his ambitions as a player but warned his strike partners that he has not arrived just to sit on the bench.

He said: "This is a big move for me. I have lived in the area for 22 years and know Aldershot to be a big, well-supported club with ambitions that match mine. It's fantastic to be able to come here.

"Like the club, this will be my first year in the Conference and I'm really looking forward to it. It's going to be tough but I have faith in both my ability and the ability of the club to know that we can progress from here.

"I've played against Aldershot a few times in the Ryman premier and know what a special atmosphere it is there. It wasn't really a big decision for me to make and I can't wait to get out there."

Along with D'sane and goalkeeper Nikki Bull, Sills was part of Fairclough's England party to face Belgium last month and he still harbours hopes of pushing for a place in the starting eleven.

He added: "I am very proud of any England experience and hopefully playing alongside Roscoe D'sane with both of us scoring goals will put me back in the limelight.

"I have not come here to sit on the bench, however, and will relish any competition for places, which I know there will be. I didn't really have much competition at Kingstonian, but I know with the quality players around me here will keep me on my toes and that will only add to the 110 per cent effort that I put in each week.

"The fans can expect a lot of passion, strength and will to win from me during my time here. Many think of me just as a big target man, but I like to put the ball down on the deck and play football, which I know I will have the opportunity of doing here."

Sills, who lives just down the road from the Rec in Ash Vale, has progressed up the non-League ladder from his early days at Camberley Town, and is now one of the most sought-after strikers in the game.

A £2,000 move from Camberley to Basingstoke Town with his defender brother Julian, helped mature Sills as a player and by the time he had moved onto Kingstonian last summer, a number of clubs were hot on his heels.

Now, after 25 league and cup goals, including one against the Shots in the premier division last year, Sills has become hot property, prompting an admiring Brown to step in and end the chase involving many of his rivals.

The boss said: "Getting Tim on board is a major boost and major signing for the club. I have been after him for most of the year and we have made several enquiries to Kingstonian, which have proved unsuccessful.

"I'm sure he will strike a fanstastic partnership with Roscoe. Tim is the best young target man in non-League football and obviously I'm delighted to have him on board.

He is an ambitious boy who wants to play in the Football League, he's playing for his local club and will give us added height and strength in attack which I felt we lacked at times last season."

l The Jason Chewins Testimonial Committee are pleased to announce that Jason's testimonial cricket match will be held at Aldershot Cricket Club on Sunday August 31.

Various names from Aldershot's past and present will feature on the day, along with a few well-known faces from the world of cricket.

There will be various other attractions on the day, which will also serve as the official opening of Aldershot Cricket Club's new pavillion.


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