One player who definitely won’t be coming back for Braintree Town next year is goalkeeper Ben Killip.

Together with winger Mo Sagaf, the 23-year-old keeper was one of two players from last year's squad to have had an offer of re-engagement made this summer, but he has opted to stay in the Vanarama National League by joining Hartlepool United rather than drop down a level with the Iron.

Having been brought in by manager Brad Quinton at the start of last season, Killip made 38 appearances and kept ten clean sheets for the Iron, winning the Supporters' Player of the Year honour in the end-of-season awards.

Killip’s good form for Braintree was also rewarded at international level as he won two caps after call-ups for Paul Fairclough’s England C team, playing in games against Estonia Under-23s and Wales.

In a club statement, Braintree chairman Lee Harding said: "Ben had a great season, and progressed with us to become an England international.

"We invited him to remain with us for next season, but understand the attraction of the opportunity offered by Hartlepool United and others.

"We wish him well for the future."


As Killip was subject to an offer of re-engagement by Braintree, the two clubs will need to agree or attend a Football Association tribunal to set appropriate compensation.