JOE Kizzi admits leaving Billericay Town in favour of a move to Bromley was one of the most difficult decisions of his career.

Kizzi, who joined Town from Wingate & Finchley in 2017, has made the move into full-time football by joining the National League club.

But Kizzi insists he leaves the AGP Arena having made good memories.

“It was a difficult decision to leave Billericay,” said Kizzi.

“I got on well with everyone, including the staff and other players.

“My time at Billericay has been unforgettable, but I am always looking to kick on and play at a higher level.

“I didn’t have any doubts that I could play at a higher level after last season, so I knew I had to take this opportunity.

“I’m really looking forward to moving into full-time football for the first time in my career.

“I am excited by the prospects and I’m relishing the challenge.”

Kizzi was named in the National League South Team of the Year last term, having made 40 appearances and scored five times.

The defender also played a key role 12 months earlier as Billericay won the treble.

Kizzi, who played alongside England captain Harry Kane at youth level, helped Town to clinch the Essex Senior Cup crown and Isthmian League Cup in 2018.

The 25-year-old also scored his first goal for the club as Billericay were crowned Isthmian Premier League champions with a 2-0 win over Harlow Town last April.

And Kizzi was pleased to create history for the Town faithful.

“I want to say thank you to the fans because they took to me really well,” added Kizzi.

“When the chips were down and things were not going well, they backed us all the way.

“Hopefully we gave them some good memories while I was there because it was unforgettable for us as players.

“I wish the club all the luck in the world going forward and I will still look out for their results.

“Hopefully our paths will cross further down the line and it would be great for Billericay to get promoted.”

And moving into full-time football means Kizzi has given up life as a school teacher.

Kizzi admitted: “I was meant to stay for the rest of term, so that would have been until July.

“But the school were really supportive of what I am doing and have allowed me to not serve the usual notice.

“I’m looking forward to just concentrating on my football and not having to think about school anymore.”