Dover Athletic’s star striker Adam Birchall has told Kent News that he is ready to return to the Football League after two fantastic seasons at the Crabble. Birchall notched up an unbelievable 45 goals in just 49 appearances last season, a tally that has kept many League 2 teams stealthily tracking his immense progress.
One of the clubs rumoured to be interested is Gillingham who have been linked with the striker all summer. For the Gills to secure the signing, they are expected to have to pay in excess of £250,000, a fee Birchall fears will deter clubs away from being interested.
After failing to impress in his first stint of professional football at Barnet, Birchall is determined to prove his critics wrong and show that he can show his worth in the Football League. Upon leaving Barnet, he was forced upon temporarily leaving the Football league and joining Dover Athletic, who gave him a chance to prove to the clubs that rejected him, that he is good enough.
Sometimes in football you have to move backwards to move forwards, and Birchall recognises the players who have successfully made this transition and reaped the rewards.
I want to be a pro, I want to go back and give it another go. There are other players who have done it, the likes of Jermaine Beckford and Steve Morison, and those guys give non-league players like myself hope.
Only time will tell what the future holds for Birchall, with Gillingham rumoured to be making a bid in July, he may well get the move he has been desperately searching for.
Do you think signing Birchall would be a gamble for a six figure fee?
By Liam Batch
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