Dartford last week put in a seven-day notice of approach for the player and have spoken to Nathan since the game at Weston on Saturday. He was not contracted and this was the correct way to make an approach.
Manager Alan Dowson gave us his reaction to the news.
“I’m devastated," he said. "He’s probably one of the top three players I’ve signed, but I can appreciate why he’s making this move.
“He lives a lot closer to Dartford than he does to us. He and his partner are about to have a child and he understandably has their interests at heart. Dartford are a well-funded club and were able to make him a very good offer.
“Nathan was nearly in tears when we spoke on the phone. He loves our club and appreciates the help and support he gets from everyone. He also gets on well with the supporters.
“However, it all makes sense for him and, while I don’t want to see him go, he leaves on the best of terms with me.”
Nathan has played for Dartford before, as well as for Eastbourne Borough.
He was our Mr Versatile in his two years at the Bev, having played right across the back four this season. He’s also an accomplished midfielder and was even pencilled in to lead the line in one game.
Dowse is confident he will be able to sign a defender to cover the loss, though he points out that Michael Kamara was on the bench on Saturday when he’d done little wrong in recent weeks, while Leon Solomon is also comfortable at full-back.
We would like to wish Nathan well from all of us at the club, and thank him for his service over the past two years.
Updated 17:03 - 4 Dec 2017 by HRBFC Press Team