Kabba sets his sights high

Hawks boss Stuart Ritchie has been busy assembling a squad he hopes will push for promotion this season  Picture: Dave Haines
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Striker Sahr Kabba is aiming to score 30 goals next season after becoming Stuart Ritchie’s latest Hawks signing.

After protracted contract negotiations, the 23-year-old Weston-super-Mare forward agreed a two-year deal at Westleigh Park.

Kabba scored 15 goals in 19 games for the Seagulls last season – an impressive record which saw the Hawks fork out a hefty signing-on fee to land their target and beat off stiff competition from Blue Square Bet Premier and Football League club’s for his signature.

The move comes after the front man returned to London to continue his studies in business and management, making the journey to Weston-super-Mare for training and matches unviable.

And Kabba is determined to repay the faith shown in him by Ritchie by firing the Hawks into title contention.

‘I loved it at Weston and it is sad that I have had to leave,’ said Kabba.

‘The journey from London (Weston-super-Mare) would have been too much, though. I needed a club a bit closer and I am impressed with the ambition of the Hawks.

‘When they explained things to me I wanted to become part of it.

‘I had a decent season last season but my aim is to double my tally and get 30 goals.

‘With the players we have here, they can help get the best from me.

‘I set my targets high and it was disappointing to miss out on the Portsmouth game. My name was in the starting line-up and I was raring to go.’

Kabba began his career with Bristol Rovers Academy before joining the Seagulls in 2010.

His first season was spoiled by injury but last year he began to show his true potential.

Ritchie is glad to have him on board and believes his pace could prove an important factor.

‘Sahr knows this level and he is a quick boy,’ said Ritchie.

‘I have been looking to bring pace into the squad all summer and he definitely has that in abundance.

‘At Weston they used him as an impact player coming off the bench. I have not brought him here to do that.

‘We will work on his fitness because we have brought him here to start games.’