BRIDPORT have confirmed that forward Ed Butcher is set to join Southern League Division West side Street on dual registration terms. 

Butcher had kept the Bees in the dark over his decision, as reported by Echosport, but has now communicated his desire to link up with the Cobblers to boss Adam Fricker. 

Butcher, who scored 11 goals for Bridport last season, becomes the second Bees player to join Street after defender Leigh Bailey joined the Somerset side, also on a dual registration deal. 

Commenting on the development, Fricker said: "He contacted me just to say he's going to give it a go and see what happens, which I totally get.

"It's an opportunity for a young lad to play Southern League football. He's developed in four years he's been involved with us. 

"Now he's got to take the opportunity to prove he can play Southern League football. 

"I was a bit frustrated a few days ago because we weren't being kept in the loop and we felt we deserved a bit more. 

"We would never hold any player back and likewise never close the door on him returning."

But Bridport are in no rush to sign a replacement, with Fricker reiterating his belief in the Bees' current squad. 

He said: "Me and Paddy (Behan, assistant-manager) spoke about that and we're happy with what we've got. 

"Towards the back end of last season players were improving as well, but we may have a look to see what's going on. 

"We want to sign players that are going to strengthen our team. We'll have to be patient and see what's coming out of the Southern League clubs. 

"We'll keep our ear to the ground and cast our net over the lads that become available. 

"But we certainly wouldn't be disappointed if we went into the first game with the squad we've already got."