JAMES Dobson completed a move to National League club Sutton United on Thursday after Slough Town accepted an undisclosed fee bid for the winger earlier this week, writes Rob Stevens.

Dobson, 27, was under contract with Slough but the Rebels have not stood in the way of his pursuit to step up the English football pyramid.

Slough joint-manager Neil Baker told the Observer: "We've accepted an undisclosed bid for James and I understand he agreed personal terms on Tuesday last week.

"James has been brilliant for us. He's had three fantastic years and was with us before that as well. He's a great lad and has worked ever so hard in those three years to improve.

"He deserves the opportunity so we're really pleased for him and wish him all the best.

"James hasn't got too many opportunities to move up the ladder and Sutton are semi-full time training three mornings a week. It gives him a chance to try and get himself into the Football League.

"He has got a decent length of term on his deal, so we wish him the best and hope he goes on from there."

A statement on the club's official website added: "There has been a few interested parties however James goes with our blessing to Sutton, where he will work under an excellent manager in Paul Doswell.

"His attitude and commitment since he has been at the club has been first class.

"We will also miss his family supporting the Rebels up and down the country.

"It goes without saying James will be a big miss for us at Slough as his goals and assists have become very important to us over the last three years.

"However, we thank him for his contribution to the club and wish him the best of luck with his future career at Sutton."

Slough have been struggling for goals in the National League South this season, drawing a blank in their last three matches, and now over 300 minutes without a league goal.

Dobson was their leading scorer this term and claimed the Golden Boot award as the Rebels won promotion from the Southern League last year, scoring 62 goals in his 185 appearances in total.

Slough are expected to announce a new signing later this week although Baker admits it will not be easy to replace Dobson.

He said: "There might be somebody coming in that might surprise one or two, but we will wait and see on that one.

"We have to try and replace James but he's not someone you can replace easily. James is in demand and there were three National League clubs trying to get his signature.

"We know it will be difficult to replace him but we will try and do everything for Slough Town."

Slough return to action with a visit to Arbour Park from Chelmsford City this Saturday (3pm).