Bostik North: Jamie Dicks leaves Romford for divisional rivals Bowers & Pitsea

PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 October 2017

Jamie Dicks in action for Romford against Norwich United last season (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Jamie Dicks in action for Romford against Norwich United last season (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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Boro boss Paul Martin hails former captain ahead of exit and wishes him good luck for the future

Jamie Dicks of Romford scores a late winning goal against AFC Sudbury and celebrates in April 2012 (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO). Jamie Dicks of Romford scores a late winning goal against AFC Sudbury and celebrates in April 2012 (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Romford manager Paul Martin has heaped praise on Jamie Dicks after revealing the midfielder played his last game for the club on Saturday.

The versatile ace completed a move to Bostik North rivals Bowers & Pitsea after making his 212th appearance for Boro during their 1-1 draw with Witham Town last weekend.

Dicks, who captained the Ship Lane club on numerous occasions, left with the Romford’s managers blessing.

Martin said: “Jamie played his last game for us on Saturday. He is going to Bowers and it was all sorted on Friday really.

“I wouldn’t usually play someone if they are about to move, but he wanted to play and I wanted him to as well. I knew Jamie would give me 100 per cent, he is that type of player, and he did.

“He got to say his farewells after the game and I did a speech. I thanked him and said how much I appreciated all his effort.

“I know he made his 200th appearance for the club at the end of last season, so he has been really loyal and deserves this chance.”

The Boro boss admitted there is only so much time Romford can keep hold of players when rival teams are making offers they can’t refuse.

Jamie Dicks of Romford heads the ball away from Tobi Joseph of Hornchurch (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo). Jamie Dicks of Romford heads the ball away from Tobi Joseph of Hornchurch (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

“We are second from bottom and he has been offered a good deal by a club which are in the play-offs,” said Martin.

“It is just one of them things really and it was the same with Jack Barry and Nathan Cooper. You can’t keep them forever.

“Jamie has been loyal to us and it has taken him a little bit longer than some others, but eventually people have realised how good he is and taken a chance on him.”

Martin has backed Dicks to impress at Bowers, where Rob Small has taken the Len Salmon Stadium club from the Essex Senior League to the high echelons of the Bostik North in the space of two years.

“As I have said to Jamie, you need to have a goal and you can end up being loyal for too long,” admitted Martin.

“We aren’t going to win the league or a cup, so you can’t stand in the way of a player when they are given a chance.

“Hopefully at Bowers he’ll play week in, week out and do well with them, except for when he plays against us of course.”

Dicks exits Romford having first joined the club at the start of the 2011/12 season.

The midfielder did briefly move on twice and had spells with Thurrock and Aveley, but after short stays with both clubs, he returned to Boro where he scored 13 times during his 212 appearances in all competitions.

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