Hawks boss Lee Bradbury is convinced the sale of striker Sahr Kabba to Skrill Premier outfit Lincoln City is a good deal for both club and player.
The Westleigh Park side received an undisclosed fee for the diminutive striker, who gets the chance of fulfilling his ambition of becoming a full-time professional.
Kabba, along with fellow attacker Christian Nanetti, were put on the transfer list by Bradbury at the start of the summer.
But within days, the boss made a remarkable U-turn and declared neither player was for sale.
The offer from Lincoln City, however, proved enough to entice Kabba away.
‘I believe it is a good bit of business for the club,’ said Bradbury.
‘Kabba wanted a new, improved deal with just a year left on his contract and we couldn’t meet that.
‘He had a frustrating season with us – finding it hard to get back in after a couple of injuries.
‘When he was fully fit and playing up alongside Dennis Oli, he proved a real threat.
‘Going to Lincoln will allow him to make a fresh start to the season and being full-time should help.
‘I am not surprised they came in for him because he possesses bags of pace and potential.
‘On occasions he has lacked sharpness in front of goal but full-time training should help him improve in that area.’
Formerly a Bristol Rovers Academy graduate, Kabba was playing for Almondsbury Town when Weston-super-Mare picked him up in August 2010.
An injury during the 2011-12 season meant he made only 19 starts for the Seagulls.
But he still managed to become the side’s top scorer with 16 goals.
He played 76 games for Weston over two seasons before a move to London prompted his transfer to Westleigh Park in July of 2012.
During his two years with the Hawks, Kabba scored 23 goals in 57 starts.
He quickly became a firm favourite with the fans with his lightning pace up front.
But while Kabba is sad to be leaving the south coast, he insists the time is right for a new challenge.
‘I have had the time of my life with the Hawks,’ said the striker.
‘This is a great opportunity for me to step up to another level.
‘Training every day should help me improve my game even more.
‘I owe the Hawks and particularly Lee Bradbury a lot for the help they have given me.
‘This is a massive challenge for me but I am determined to go there and prove myself.
‘I am certainly going to be up for it.’
The sale of Kabba releases more funds for Bradbury.