The Ryman Football League
Published 6th August 2012
....Borough and Tonbridge Angels striker Carl Rook to his striking options for the new season. Rook enjoyed one of the best spells of his career under Tommy Warrilow at Tonbridge after a move from Warrilow’s former club Horsham, reportedly for a significant fee. During his three-year stint at Longmead he scored sixty-five goals before going on to play for Dartford, Tonbridge again on loan, Eastbourne Borough and AFC Hornchurch at the end of last season. Earlier in his career, Rook also played for Dover Athletic, Hastings United, Whitstable Town, Folkestone Invicta, Sittingbourne and Deal Town. He explained his reasons for signing for the Blues: “Even before I spoke to the Gaffer, I knew that Margate’s always been one of the bigger clubs in non-League. “The club seems to be heading in the right direction.” Margate’s new striker is expecting the team to be challenging at the top end of the division. “With some of the players that Chris Kinnear told me he was bringing in, it’s looking good.” Unable to take part in the match against Bromley on Saturday, Rook had the opportunity to look at the match from a different perspective. “It was an excellent victory. “It was very different looking on from the sidelines; it gives you a different perspective and it makes you realise maybe, where you’re going wrong yourself,” he said. And Rook likes to look of the make-up of the squad; from a good defensive unit, options in wide positions and a good combination of attacking players too: “I’m really looking forward to it.” He has also made a habit of following popular and prolific strikers when he joins new clubs - Jon Main at Tonbridge and now Kwesi Appiah at Margate. “I couldn’t have picked it any worse, really,” he joked. “I’ll let the supporters know, I’ll probably not get as many goals as Appiah but I’ll try!” And Margate fans might like to note that Rook has experience of playing for three teams who have all gained promotion from the Ryman Premier Division - Dartford, Tonbridge and AFC Hornchurch.