By James Barrett

Former Carshalton Athletic defender Michael Kamara said his move to Conference South outfit Dover Athletic was an opportunity he “just could not pass up”.

Kamara, 23, confessed to mixed emotions as he leaves his former team-mates in the midst of a Ryman Premier relegation battle, but he had the blessing of Robins manager Tommy Williams.

“I’d been recommended to Dover and they made two enquiries over the past month, but the actual move took less than a week to sort out,” he said.

“I spoke with Tommy and explained the situation. He was disappointed at the timing but understood it was a step up for me personally.”

Kamara still feels Carshalton can survive if they can earn back-to-back wins in the near future, saying they should draw on the victory at Thurrock last month and the positive first half-hour performance at East Thurrock before being defeated.

“I hope they do it and I will look for the results, but my mind is focused on my own new challenge and I can’t wait to get started,” he added.

Kamara revealed he was approached by a rival Ryman Premier side in January but tentative discussions broke down and he stayed at Carshalton – a decision he was only too happy with.

“I’ve been at Colston Avenue for nearly two seasons, worked with some great players and fantastic staff, plus the fans are brilliant here,” he said.

“A little piece of me will always remain a Robin.”

And his career at Dover started at Salisbury last Saturday albeit with a stutter however.

His debut was halted as the game was abandoned at half-time due to heavy rain and hailstones.

It is a case of third time’s a charm as Carshalton next travel to Lewes on Tuesday night in a match that has been postponed twice already this season.