Kinnear adds striker Rook

By Peter Butcher

MARGATE manager Chris Kinnear has added experienced striker Carl Rook (pictured, centre, by Don Walker) to his options for the new Ryman Premier season.

Rook, 29, enjoyed one of the best spells of his career under Tommy Warrilow at Tonbridge Angels after a move from Warrilow’s former club Horsham, reportedly for a significant fee.

He scored 65 goals during his three-year stint at the Longmead Stadium, he scored 65 goals before going on to play for Dartford, Tonbridge again (on loan) and Eastbourne Borough.

He had a brief spell with AFC Hornchurch at the end of last season, scoring in the 2-1 win over Leatherhead which clinched the Ryman Premier runners-up spot and finding the net again in a 3-1 victory over Bury Town in the play-off semi-final.

Earlier in his career, Rook also played for Dover Athletic, Hastings United, Whitstable Town, Folkestone Invicta, Sittingbourne and Deal Town.

He explained his reasons for signing for the Blues: “Even before I spoke to the gaffer, (I knew) that Margate’s always been one of the bigger clubs in non-league. It seems to be heading in the right direction.”

Where next?

New boys v old boys LEAGUE newcomers Wroxham will entertain the side they replaced in Ryman North, Great Wakering Rovers, in the preliminary round of the FA Cup on August 25.
International date for Dulwich INTERNATIONAL football comes to Champion Hill on Sunday when Ryman South club Dulwich Hamlet host RFC Temploux-Suarlee, a seventh-level Belgian club from the city of Namur.

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